Advanced Assistant, Associate, or Professor for Race, Racism, and Racial Justice

Bowdoin College is excited to launch a cluster faculty search on the topic of Race, Racism, and Racial Justice centered on the experiences, struggles, and contributions of Black communities in the United States and the Americas. This cluster and its history are described in detail here: We are working to build a cohort of scholars from across the disciplines whose research, artistic practice, teaching, and/or public-facing work intersects with one or more of the following broadly defined themes: public health; environmental justice; and how human beings experience belonging, citizenship, and freedom. With this endowed chair cluster hire, the College expects to fill four open rank full-time positions with scholars and/or artists from across the curricular divisions (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities and arts) who will be holders of endowed chairs honoring distinguished Black graduates of the College. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2023. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester. A PhD or alternate terminal degree is expected by the date of appointment. We strongly encourage full, associate, and advanced assistant professors to apply.

Bowdoin seeks candidates whose teaching and/or public facing work reflects an understanding of, and commitment to, inclusive excellence; whose scholarship or creative work shows promise of distinction; and whose presence and perspective will diversify the Bowdoin community and curriculum. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest in collaboration across disciplines and an understanding of and appreciation for undergraduate liberal arts education. Those whose work is also public facing are especially encouraged to apply.

Bowdoin warmly welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and especially encourages those from historically excluded groups and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity to apply. Accessibility during the application and interview stages, as well as once employed, is a priority of the College: Bowdoin Accessibility. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners; where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of faculty partners and spouses.

Bowdoin College provides funding and opportunities for professional development; a fully funded, year-long junior sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment); and regular, generously funded, post-tenure sabbaticals. Support for teaching, grant-writing, digital initiatives, computing software, and community partnerships in courses is readily available to all faculty. The College also offers robust programming and resources for establishing and enhancing mentoring networks.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit: 1) a letter that describes your scholarship and teaching and how these advance the goals of this initiative (2-4 pages); 2) a curriculum vitae. References may be requested at a later stage.

The committee will begin reviewing applications October 15, 2022 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area surrounded by natural beauty and ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, keen sense of community, and commitment to diversity (40% students of color, 7% international students and approximately 17% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College, please visit:

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