Position Overview

The American Studies Department and the History Department at the University of Kansas are seeking candidates for a joint position at the tenured Associate or early Full Professor rank in African American studies. The position is expected to begin August 18, 2020.

Candidates should possess strong emphasis on and training in the interdisciplinary study of African American history. Areas of specialization are open; we especially invite scholars with expertise in the antebellum period, slavery, environment, incarceration, political economy, globalization, or migration and diaspora. Candidates will be expected to teach core and specialized courses in American Studies and in History at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to the university’s research and service priorities including engagement with KU’s stated commitment to increasing diversity across the campus. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The successful candidate must have appropriate work authorization to work in the US by time of appointment.

Job Description

40% – TEACHING: Candidates will be expected to teach core and specialized courses in American Studies and in History at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students. Participate in the research advising of students, including serving as a dissertation/thesis committee member and professional mentorship for students.

40% – RESEARCH: Conduct and publish research (quantity, quality, significance, and impact) commensurate with an AAU institution. Research, write, and publish in area of specialty in peer reviewed books and journals. Maintain an active and productive research program. Attend and present findings at professional conferences.

20% – SERVICE: Serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees and actively contribute to the workings of the University community. Participate in professional service to the field of African American history.


All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

  1. Earned doctorate in History, American Studies, African American Studies, or another field providing training in interdisciplinary study of the African American past from an accredited school is expected by the start date of the appointment (08-18-2020).
  2. A substantial record of publication illuminating the African American past.
  3. Demonstrated familiarity with methodologies central to American Studies and to History.
  4. Ability to teach required and specialized courses in both History and American Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  5. Evidence of a strong record of teaching and mentoring.
  6. Scholarship and teaching featuring culturally responsive approaches that are conscious of diversity and equity.

Additional Candidate Instructions

For full consideration, submit online application materials consisting of the following:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. CV;
  3. Article-length writing sample; and a
  4. List of three potential recommendation writers.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. As part of the materials above, applicants should inform us of their contribution and engagement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  • In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.

Application review will begin October 21, 2019, and continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified. To ensure consideration, please apply by the initial review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Terri Rockhold, Office Manager
American Studies Department
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 213
Lawrence, KS 66045

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins
Monday, October 21, 2019

Anticipated Start Date
Tuesday, August 18, 2020