As part of an Anti-Racism Faculty Hiring Initiative, the Department of Afro-American and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) invites applications for a tenure-track advanced assistant or beginning associate professor in Black Urban Studies/Urban Humanities with particular emphasis in Black culture and the urban environment and a strong commitment to community-engaged learning. We are interested in candidates whose research and teaching engage critical studies of race, gender, and class in an urban context, and who have demonstrated expertise in anti-racist research methods and teaching.

Areas of research and teaching expertise in Black literary and/or cultural life that intersect with environmental and social justice, urban inclusive development, economic resilience, Afro-Futurism, sustainability, public health, housing advocacy, mobility, transportation, and any other areas germane to Black urban life. Although prior engagement with Detroit is not a requirement, we would hope that the successful candidate will want to build partnerships with communities in Detroit as an integral part of their teaching and research. Within the university’s Anti-Racism Faculty Hiring Initiative, this position is part of a cluster hire in the urban humanities across campus.

How to Apply

Applicants should provide:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Chair of the Black Urban Studies/Black Humanities Search Committee
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Writing sample (approximately 25 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience (or a teaching portfolio containing such a statement)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, course syllabi, teaching awards that can be parts of a teaching portfolio).

*a personal statement and diversity statement that demonstrates your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship/research, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research proposal and teaching statements (1-3 pages).

In addition, candidates should provide three letters of recommendation.

Application material should be uploaded via

Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Required Qualifications*
This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of August 28, 2023. Interested applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. prior to the appointment. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research.

Application deadline: October 7, 2022

Date posted: August 23,2022