Assistant Professor – Africana Studies Program
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 

This is a full-time, tenure-track position in the Africana Studies Program at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2020, with specialization in contemporary African American life and culture, and expertise in questions of cultural identities and contemporary life in today’s U.S. black community. The candidate would be expected to teach the introductory course, Black Experience, and other courses in Africana Studies. Expertise in teaching about mass incarceration and its effects would be valued. The successful candidate will be able to frame the study of African American communities in their current complexities (including recent black immigrants). Other possible courses that focus on black diaspora experience in the Americas, and other topics that reflect the candidate’s own research area would be expected over time. As an interdisciplinary program, Africana Studies encourages submissions from a range of departments and disciplines, notably sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, or human geography; but candidates are not limited to these. The teaching load is 2/2 in the first year, and 3/2 thereafter. Evidence of a promising scholarly trajectory in the applicant’s areas of expertise is expected. Applicants should have demonstrable competence in teaching. Africana Studies requires candidates to have a doctorate in hand or expected by August 2020.  


Applicants should upload the cover letter with a curriculum vitae, teaching statement (not to exceed three pages), and a writing sample (e.g., a chapter or article, 25 pages maximum). As part of your cover letter, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring and/or community service support Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the college’s diversity statement ( Three confidential letters of reference should be uploaded at by November 10 addressed to: Wendy Wilson-Fall, Chair, Africana Studies Program, Lafayette College / Easton, PA 18042 / USA. 

 About Lafayette College:

Located within 70 miles of both New York and Philadelphia in eastern Pennsylvania, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and engineering institution with significant resources to support faculty members in their teaching and scholarship. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.  

Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.