Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Pan African/Africana Studies 

Drew University is seeking a Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Pan African/Africana Studies in the Pan-African Studies Program. Senior faculty responsible  for renewal, promotion and tenure processes will be affiliated with the Pan-African  Studies advisory committee and explicitly listed in the mentoring plan. A candidate with  a doctoral degree in the discipline of an existing department will have affiliated  membership in that department. In such a case, all courses will be assigned based on  the needs of the Pan-African Studies program and not based on departmental needs. 

Key Responsibilities: 

Teaching courses in African-American history 

Teaching courses in the Pan-African Studies program pertinent to the candidate’s  research expertise. 

Development of a revised Pan-African Studies curriculum. 

Work collaboratively and coordinate with faculty across the university whose  research and teaching are concerned with the Africana world. 

Active scholarship in Africana studies disciplines. 

Required Education and Experience: 

We seek candidates who have breadth in the study of the history and cultures of the  African diaspora and who are passionate about innovative teaching within a liberal arts  context. The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate courses on  African American history and methods and theory in Africana Studies, will play a  leadership role as director of the Pan-African Studies program at Drew, and will  participate in cross-University curricular and co-curricular initiatives affirming and  promoting the African American, African, and Black experiences at Drew. Preference  will be given to candidates with experience in curriculum development. In addition to  excellent teaching, candidates will be expected to maintain an active program of  scholarship, broadly defined, and to contribute to the university community through  mentoring and advising students, collaboration across disciplines, committee service,  and leadership at Drew. 

A Ph.D. in a humanities field with a clear specialization in African American, Black,  and/or Africana Studies is required. 


To apply, submit the following materials to HR1220-4@Drew.edu. Please include your  name in the subject. Please apply by February 15, 2021. 

Cover letter 


Contact information of 3 professional references

About Drew University: 

Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New  Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen  School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrolment of more than 2,100 students with  145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from  underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate  institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and  Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers  bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines. 

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that  successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local  communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple  New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United  Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and  New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute  for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic  Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist  Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform  teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies,  methods, and pedagogies. 

History of the Program: 

Pan-African studies has a long and storied history at Drew University. On February 5,  1964, Drew University proudly hosted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a convocation  speaker. In 1972-73, student protests led to the formation of a Black Academic  Concerns Committee that expanded the curriculum and provided faculty professional  development support to create new courses in Black Studies. These scholarly,  intellectual and social commitments grew and coalesced over the next thirty years and  in 1992-1993 faculty voted to approve a program in African-American & African studies  that would ultimately become the contemporary program in Pan-African studies. Now, at  a similar inflection point in both America and in American higher education we see  another student led movement at Drew—the urgent need to recommit and rededicate  this program to the future of Africana studies in the United States. This newly created  position reflects that desire and need at Drew University. This program has historically  provided an important space for facilitating intellectual exchange and supporting  students of Africana heritage and other minority communities at Drew. 

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative  Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland  Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the  United States. These positions are subject to a background check.