The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware is seeking a full time Continuing Track Assistant Professor, to begin in August 2022. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated ability to teach courses with a large enrollment and will be expected to teach courses in our undergraduate program each semester.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Africana/Black Studies, African American Studies, History, or related fields. Applicants must be able to teach Introduction to Africana Studies and other established courses in the Africana major that include: African American History Survey (early or post-Civil War), Black Women’s History, or courses on contemporary aspects of Black culture. Candidates with demonstrated experience in curriculum administration and development, and advising undergraduate majors and minors are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:
For full consideration, please submit the required application materials listed below by November 8, 2021. Inquiries may be sent to Professor Kathryn Benjamin Golden, Search Committee Chair, Application material will not be accepted through personal correspondence with the Chair or other committee members. Application materials will only be accepted through the UD application system, Talent Link. at reference Job ID: 497029 .

(1) A letter of interest: Describe how specific experiences shaped your qualifications for this position and your vision for teaching Africana Studies in the current societal environment. Please explain how your teaching fits into our Major Requirements:

(2) Curriculum Vitae

(3) Teaching portfolio: A one-page statement of teaching philosophy, recent course evaluations, along with two separate syllabi: (A) one syllabus for Introduction to Africana Studies and (B) a second syllabus for a course on either African American History, Black Women’s History, or a course on contemporary issues in African American culture.

(4) Ph.D. Transcript

(5) Three contact references (Letters of recommendation will be requested at time of application submission)

Application Process:
Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.

About Africana Studies:

Started in 1971 as a program, the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware is a vehicle for change in Delaware and in the world. Committed to advancing the study of the rich and varied experiences of Black people across the African Diaspora, our mission is to apply the production of knowledge to uplift and empower our communities, ourselves, and to inspire social change and permanent liberation.

In addition to Africana Studies methodologies, our faculty are trained in a range of disciplines including art and design, art history, history, sociology, cultural studies, performance, anthropology, political science, theology, and literature. Faculty teaching and research interests and student major concentrations intersect the department’s four pillars:

• Pan-African Consciousness
• Public Humanities
• Gender and Sexuality Studies
• Visual and Material Culture

Together, the Africana Studies faculty at UD cultivate and advance the department’s mission to engage in research that is accessible and relevant to Black communities and to practice teaching that develops deeper and broader understandings of justice and freedom in our society. Our teaching is central to our mission, as Africana faculty view our classrooms as sites of change-making toward more just futures. The Continuing Track Assistant Professor position will contribute to this mission not only in the department but more broadly across UD. More department information is on our website:

About the University:

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines attention to academic tradition and innovation, offering students the latest instructional and research methods and technology. The University’s location in Newark, Delaware, is along the I-95 Northeast corridor of the US, in proximity to major cities, institutions, resources, and recurring events important to Africana Studies. Situated midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, the campus is about two hours by train/car north to New York City or south to Washington, DC. The University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a “Doctoral University with Very High Research Activity.”  ( The University of Delaware has received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation.     

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is nationally recognized for its exceptional educational experiences and for integrating instruction, research, and public engagement. CAS is a thriving academic unit of over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 600 faculty, featuring outstanding research and teaching facilities. We encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and engage local, national, and global audiences through our research and creative activity.

Salary and Benefits: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action:

The Department of Africana Studies is committed to maintaining a diverse department, and the University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity and inclusion enrich the academic experience and expand the knowledge base for innovation.

The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence. Our notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Applications close: Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.

Date posted: October 31, 2021