Assist. or Assoc. Professor in Spanish and/or Portuguese-speaking Africa and/or the African Diaspora

The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky is in the second year of a multi-year hiring plan to build a more inclusive curriculum, diversify our faculty, support our Program in African American and Africana Studies (AAAS), and to contribute to our new undergraduate major in that program. Faculty will have tenure homes in departments relevant to their training and research focus and are expected to actively help build and support the AAAS program. Last year we hired seven new faculty. This year we plan to hire additional faculty, in diaspora studies, black feminisms, environmental justice, ethnomusicology, and the economics of inequality. This ad is explicitly a call for a position in Hispanophone or Lusophone Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

The program in African American and Africana Studies invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor with a specialization in Spanish and/or Portuguese-speaking Africa and/or the African Diaspora, to begin August 2020. The successful applicant’s tenure home is open, and will be discipline specific to include the departments of: Hispanic Studies; History; Geography, Anthropology; or other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences (

We seek candidates who center the Black experience in areas such as Cultural Studies, Colonial and/or Postcolonial Studies, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Digital Humanities, Historical Studies, and/or Visual Culture to complement faculty strengths and classroom offerings in both AAAS and the tenure-home department. Spanish and/or Portuguese proficiency is required.

Teaching and service will be shared with AAAS and the tenure-home department. Arts and Sciences academic units and AAAS are committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches. This hire is part of a multi-year cluster hire in AAAS, which recently introduced a new major. Applicants should have PhD in hand by July 2020.

Responsibilities of the position include pursuing an active research program, teaching a total of four courses per year in AAAS and the home department, and working with faculty to maintain the African American and Africana Studies program. Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit the following: 1) a letter of application; 2) a current CV; 3) a research statement (upload under Specific Request 1); 4) one writing sample; 5) a teaching portfolio which should include a teaching statement, sample course syllabi; and sample teaching/course evaluations (upload under Specific Request 2); and a diversity statement (upload under Specific Request 3): The University of Kentucky is strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity. Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Applications must be submitted online via the following application portal:  

Review of applications begins 15 November 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search should be addressed to the search committee chair, Professor Steve Davis,


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