The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston invites applications for a one year Visiting Assistant Professor position for the 2019-2020 academic year. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in African American, Africana, Black, or African Diaspora Studies or in a traditional discipline with an expertise in African American subject matter in a transnational context. The area of specialization is open; work that considers music, visual arts, cultural memory, public history, and/or transnational black histories and experiences is of particular interest.  The candidate must have a record of effective teaching and an active research agenda.  The position begins August 16, 2019.  The full-time teaching responsibilities include sections of “Introduction to African American Studies,” and thematic upper division courses in African American Studies. The position carries a 4/4 teaching load; Ph.D. must be conferred by August 1, 2019. Salary is competitive with rank. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The College of Charleston is a public, liberal arts and sciences institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students. The African American Studies Program befits its unique location and the history of the Lowcountry region for African descended people. Working with key institutional partnerships, including the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW), and the newly established Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) as well as 24 affiliated faculty, the program offers a successful major and minor in African American Studies. It is uniquely housed in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs.

The College is located in historic downtown Charleston in a coastal metropolitan area of 750,000. Additional information about the institution and the surrounding area is available at The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

Applicants should apply online at

Please submit a cover letter outlining teaching interests and philosophy, a curriculum vita, names and contact information for three academic references, and graduate transcripts. Please also include a short writing sample (20 pages maximum) and two sample syllabi: one for Intro to African American Studies and a second for an upper division course in African American Studies.

Questions about the search can be directed to the Director of African American Studies, Kameelah Martin: or 843-953-0675.