Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities

The African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University seeks candidates for the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities. Candidates should be eminent artist-critics (writers, musician/composers, or visual artists) whose ground-breaking work crosses geographic, generic, and disciplinary boundaries. The holder of this Professorship will be an internationally renowned person with a reputation for intellectual and artistic excellence. Although the chairholder will be tenured in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, the chairholder will have created a body of creative and critical work that appeals across disciplines and divisions. We are especially interested in artists whose work explores the histories, cultures and stories of the African Diaspora. We prefer candidates with experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students in Arts and Sciences degree programs (rather than conservatory or MFA programs) or candidates who are willing to do so.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a work sample. The search committee will begin reviewing applications November 8, 2021, and will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates, who through their teaching, research, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Disability/Veteran employer.


Ph.D. or body of creative and critical work that is equivalent to the Ph.D.

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, list of references for three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample/work sample (which may be a link for access). 

Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Internal Number: #80938
Apply Here: https://academic.careers.columbia.edu/#/80938?keywords=mellon&sortKey=keywordScore

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