The Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position focused on African American Public Humanities at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful applicant will show clear promise of a strong research record, the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and advise students, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and innovative research and teaching in African American studies and the public humanities.

We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to contribute to diversity and inclusion. Applicants are asked to provide a clear statement of contributions to diversity in their letter, summarizing their leadership efforts, and other past or potential contributions to diversity. Contributions might include leadership in teaching, mentoring, research, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment and/or increasing access or participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

  • A 3-4 page letter of application (describing scholarly achievements, contributions to relevant fields, and trajectory of work as it relates to the public humanities; teaching philosophy and experience, including experience mentoring students; a statement of contributions to diversity; and major contributions to the institutions, professions, and communities in which the applicant has served)
  • A curriculum vitaeA writing sample (one article or book/dissertation chapter)The contact information for three recommenders who will submit their references online
  • Applicants also have the option to submit additional documentation of other forms of work (including URLs) that they would like the committee to consider; these should be included as a single PDF with a representative sample. 

Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree required at time of appointment.

Inquiries may be sent to the chair of the search committee, Christina Hanhardt, at hanhardt@umd.edu. Applications must be submitted online and for best consideration, all application materials need to be uploaded by December 5th, 2021. Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree is required.

We especially seek those with expertise in one or more focus areas or approaches: digital humanities; public history; museum studies; public art/expressive culture; social policy and the law; participatory action research; and community-partnered research and pedagogy. We also welcome applications from those who may enhance some of our existing and growing strengths in critical ethnic studies, black expressive culture, queer studies, disability studies, media studies, material culture studies, digital studies, and studies of space and place.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Application deadline: 12/05/22

Date posted: 11/22/21