Visiting NEH Chair in the Humanities

About Albright College

Founded in 1856, Albright College is the oldest institution of higher learning in Berks County and one of the most economically and culturally diverse colleges in the country. Nationally ranked as a top performer for social mobility, Albright is home to about 1,600 residential undergraduate students from across the nation and around the globe, working together to cultivate integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience. Albright students are encouraged to cross or combine majors to create individualized academic programs, without taking longer to graduate. The college’s flexible curriculum, close faculty mentorship and numerous experiential learning options are all designed to help students exceed their own expectations.


At Albright, we believe our differences make us stronger and empower us to better understand and respect one another in a just and fair manner. With this in mind, the college recruits, houses, educates, employs, supports and generally celebrates people of all statuses, identities and backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, religious or spiritual identity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, marital and parental status, veteran status, political affiliation and physical and mental ability. Albright College is an EEO employer, committed to inclusivity.  In alignment with this commitment, we actively encourage diversity in all dimensions among applicants for this position.  Read the college’s Inclusivity and Equity Statement online and learn more our demonstrated commitment to building an inclusive and equitable academic community.


Albright College seeks a visiting NEH Endowed Chair in the Humanities for the 2022-2023 academic year, with option to extend through to the 2024-2025 academic year.  Applicants must align with one of the College’s humanities disciplines (history, religious studies, philosophy, communications, women & gender studies, English, and language and literature in any language). The College is seeking a candidate whose work in some way explores the African diaspora in the Americas through history, culture and/or media. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged. The successful candidate will also participate in faculty conversation toward developing anti-racist pedagogies.


Rank is open, and junior scholars are welcome to apply. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or expect its completion in academic year 2021-2022. Ideal candidates will have a strong record of scholarship or promise of the same. Evidence of successful teaching is also essential.  Candidates must demonstrate ability for working with a diverse student body and commitment to building an inclusive and equitable academic community, as described in Albright College's Inclusivity and Equity Statement.


Responsibilities for the position include facilitating conversations regarding curricular and grant development extending from the identified fields of interest through interdisciplinary connections with Albright faculty, coordinating faculty professional development events, teaching at least one course per semester in related areas (ideally three courses per academic year), providing at least one public lecture per semester, and being available to guest-lecture in other courses. Funding for professional development and research is available.


Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should complete an application by clicking “Apply Now”. A letter of application, CV, representative scholarship evidence and three letters of recommendation can be uploaded in one document. 


About Reading, Pa.

Ranked a “Best Place to Live” and “Best Place to Retire” by U.S. News & World Report, Reading is a medium-sized city in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Albright College’s 118 acre campus is located in the city’s historic northeast College Heights neighborhood. Catch a concert in Reading’s 9,000 seat Santander Arena or get up close and personal in the historical Santander Performing Arts Center (built in the 1870s — only 20 years after Albright was born!) Start a new art project with materials like hot glass, paint, wood and more at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, enjoy seasonal festivals or take a walk through West Reading’s artisan shops, restaurants and boutiques. See Pennsylvania’s spectacular autumn display from the top of Reading’s Pagoda, a kayak on Blue Marsh Lake, or from a scenic steam train ride. Or leave civilization behind with more than 125 miles of certified biking and hiking trails. The city of Reading is also home to the Philadelphia Flyer’s ECHL ice hockey team and the Philadelphia Phillies’ AA baseball team.


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