The History Department of the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of African American History and Public History, beginning August 2021.  The successful candidate will teach courses in African American History (broadly conceived) and Public History and will participate in the supervision of M.A. theses and capstone projects.  The successful candidate will also support the interdisciplinary major in Africana Studies.  Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization and professional experience in oral history and community engagement or museum studies (exhibitions and/or collections) as well as previous teaching experience at the undergraduate and MA level.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in African American History, Public History or a related field in hand at the time of appointment.  Strong commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service is required.   

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is embarking on a (multi-year) cluster hire initiative to hire multiple faculty across a range of disciplines (History, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Film Studies, and Religious Studies) whose scholarly/creative focus is in the area of Race, Racial Inequality, Social Justice, or Africana Studies.  Given our commitment to community engagement and engaged scholarship we seek to appoint faculty who are deeply imbedded in the communities they study.  This position is part of this initiative. 

We seek to build a network of researchers, scholars, and artists who will support the ongoing work in which we are engaged and to set a path forward as we grow these areas of critical study into regional and national strengths. 

To apply, please complete the online application process available at by Dec. 1, 2020.  Required materials include unofficial graduate transcripts, three letters of reference, a writing sample (article-length essay or book chapter), a statement that addresses how the candidate will contribute to fostering diversity inclusion on campus, and a cover letter that addresses how they will contribute to undergraduate and graduate course offerings in public history.  In addition, please have three letters of reference sent electronically to Meaghan Wright at  Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype/Zoom. 

Please direct questions concerning the search to Associate Professor Glen Anthony Harris, Chair, African American and Public History Search Committee, at

For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Meaghan Wright at