The Department of African and African American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at Washington  University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor of any region  of Africa or the African Diaspora in the areas of Art History, Environmental Studies, or Demography and Migration.  Applicants in art history, anthropology, psychology, law, political science, sociology, geography, or philosophy will  be considered; candidates with expertise in environmental studies may exceed this list by having qualifications  associated with one or more physical sciences. Applicants can be either newly graduated Ph.Ds. or more advanced  junior scholars. The starting date for the position is July 1, 2021. 


Priority will be given to an innovative, energetic, promising scholar with evidence of publication, prior teaching  experience, and the desire to be an engaged member of a growing, dynamic department. The successful candidate  must be able to teach introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate courses, be capable of advising  students, demonstrate a willingness to participate in departmental governance, and must be committed to being a  highly productive scholar and supportive of the social equity and racial justice missions of the department.  Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. no later than June 30, 2021. 

Application Instructions 

An introductory letter of interest. 

A one-to-two-page statement of future research goals. 

A one-to-two-page statement of teaching philosophy. 

Curriculum Vitae, including up-to-date personal contact information, (email, phone, etc.). Sample syllabi and copies of student evaluations (if available). 

One writing sample (preferably a published article or book). A dissertation chapter may be submitted if previous publications are unavailable. 

Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references for confidential letters of recommendation, which will be requested at a future date by our search committee. 

Full consideration and priority will be given to application materials received by Monday, October 26, 2020. All applications should be submitted via Interfolio ( Questions should be addressed to  Janary Stanton at  

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity  and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s  policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex,  sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic  information. 

Diversity and inclusion are core values within the department and at Washington University. We endeavor to find a  strong candidate who will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a  diverse array of students can learn and thrive.  

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