Assistant Professor - College of Liberal and Fine Arts

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Assistant Professor - College of Liberal and Fine Arts


Location: San Antonio, TX
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 11293
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Information

The University of Texas at San Antonio and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts has embarked on a focused cluster hiring plan to recruit top-tier researchers at the Assistant Professor level in interdisciplinary areas of knowledge that will advance the study of African/Africana Diaspora Studies. Applications at a higher rank will also be considered.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

As the third-largest of nine academic universities within The University of Texas System, UTSA is a leading public Hispanic Serving Institution, Carnegie R1 University deeply committed to student success and academic excellence. UTSA specializes in health, cybersecurity, fundamental futures, and human-social development, reflected in its urban-serving mission. UTSA fosters an innovation ecosystem that is accelerating transdisciplinary research through public and private strategic partnerships, home to a myriad of cross-disciplinary research centers and institutes along with research core facilities, and a robust system of research development to create discovery that enables innovative and cutting-edge work. With over 34,000 students supported by more than 1,400 faculty and 5,600 staff and student employees, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan and South Texas region. As one of the few universities designated as both Hispanic Serving Institution and a R1 University, UTSA is committed to both learning and discovery. UTSA is focused on advancing the educational success of many first-generation, low income, underserved, transfer, Veteran, adult learners and international students by a faculty and academic experience second to none. UTSA is focused on promoting social and economic prosperity for our region, where 63% of its students come from San Antonio and South Texas. More than two thirds of UTSA students come from groups traditionally underserved by higher education (with more than half of the student body identifying as Hispanic) and about half of UTSA students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. Additionally, transfer students comprise about 40% of UTSA's total undergraduate population. Further enhancing the already rich mosaic of our student population is UTSA's military community, which makes up approximately 15% of total students and includes active-duty military members, veterans, reserves/guard, and their spouses and dependents. For more information about UTSA, please visit


UTSA's most academically diverse college, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts contributes to the education of virtually every student at UTSA. In addition to exemplary teaching, the college produces quality research and creative works in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Position Summary

This cluster search seeks humanities and social sciences scholars whose research spans - and expands - intersections of literatures, anthropology, music, performance, and other arts, through qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Members of the cluster will share interests in the culture and history of Africa, Africans, and Africa-descended peoples. The cluster will enhance current conversations within and between departments about disciplinary genealogies, blind spots in canonical approaches to subject areas, and intersections with current aesthetic or social science practices. African American, Black Diaspora, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Indigenous studies have expanded tremendously in the past decade, and remain active growth areas at UTSA. Cluster members will contribute to the growth of the existing Black Indigenous Latinx (BIL) literatures certificate, a cultural studies project housed in the UTSA English Department.

Successful hires will articulate the importance of Black Diaspora, Black Cultural, and Black Atlantic experiences from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives among both graduate and undergraduate students as well as between present and future faculty. Preference will be given to applicants who can contribute to interdisciplinary work in Black Diaspora studies in the domains of literature, philosophy, musicology or ethnomusicology, anthropology, history, communication, and art. Areas of expertise may include one or more of the following: Digital humanities, health disparities, environmental justice and humanities, decolonialized and anti-racist methodologies.

The cluster will be housed in one or more of COLFA's departments, as appropriate. Successful applicants will have 1) a research focus on Black Diaspora studies; 2) an active research agenda with demonstrated interest and experience in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and/or transdisciplinary research 3) a record of teaching, research, and service appropriate to rank; 4) the desire and ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the University's commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for inclusive pedagogy and student success; and 5) a terminal degree in their field at time of appointment.

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in humanities, social science, or a related discipline by July 2024. Candidates will be expected to contribute to multiple degree programs, including robust Ph.D. programs in English and Anthropology. Teaching load is 2/2 with opportunities for release time for research. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process

Application Instructions provide applicants with a list of required documents and compliance related statements. Italicized items are mandatory for all recruitments.

All applications received by January 29, 2024 will be given priority consideration. Applications received after that date will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

To apply applicants must upload the following in a single PDF document:



  • A cover letter
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Complete contact information for at least three professional references
  • A writing sample not to exceed 30 pages
  • A one-page teaching philosophy
  • This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
  • Applicants selected must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States upon time of hire.
  • Tenure is contingent upon Board of Regents approval, and applicants must show a demonstrated commitment.

EEO/AA Statement

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information, and veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. UTSA campuses are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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