Location: Notre Dame, IN Open Date: Oct 16, 2020 Deadline:
Description:The University of Notre Dame seeks a scholar in Africana Studies for an endowed Hesburgh Chair, who will also serve as the Chair of the Department (https://africana.nd.edu ) beginning Fall 2021. Applications are welcome from candidates in any field of the humanities, social sciences, or fine arts.
The Department of Africana Studies, established in 2005, is an interdisciplinary department devoted to the study of the histories, politics, and cultures of peoples of African descent across the diaspora. The department includes faculty with joint appointments in History, English, Political Science, Theology, and Education, and offers a major, minor and supplementary major. The department has an excellent record of placing its students in a variety of postgraduate programs and careers, such as law, medicine, and business, as well as graduate study in history, education, and anthropology in leading Universities nationally and internationally. Two Africana Studies Majors from the graduating classes of 2014 and 2015 were selected as recipients of Rhodes Scholarships; recent MacArthur award winner Nikole Hannah-Jones was also an Africana Studies major. The Department also houses the Doan Scholars Program, and was home for twelve years to the Erskine Peters Fellows Program.
The successful candidate will work with the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and lead the Department in faculty hiring, curriculum and program development. The Chair will teach existing courses, but will also have opportunities to design new and innovative seminars for advanced undergraduate majors. The College of Arts and Letters is working with the Department in the development of a center for the comparative study of race to begin in spring 2021. The Department Chair and the center director, a senior faculty member in Africana Studies, will collaborate in the growth and development of the center. Faculty from the Department of Africana Studies, and departments from throughout the College with interests in race, will become members of the race center. The Department is already a locus for faculty and affiliated faculty with research and teaching interests in race, Africana Studies, African American Studies, and the African Diaspora.
Faculty research is well supported at the University of Notre Dame, in the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (https://isla.nd.edu/) with funding and opportunities for travel, sponsoring conferences, and the acquisition of new materials to build collections in the Hesburgh Library. The Hesburgh Library Archives hold the papers of the late Rev. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B.
The University of Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity educator and employer with strong institutional and academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity. Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at https://www.nd.edu/about
Qualifications: Candidates must have the Ph.D. and multiple refereed publications in competitive academic journals and presses.
We seek a strong record of research and publication, excellent teaching, and proven success as a visionary and effective administrator, as demonstrated by:
1. A record of internationally respected, original publications, focused on intellectual issues associated with the African Diaspora in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.
2. A documented history of exemplary teaching, of undergraduate and graduate students, including a willingness to design advanced seminars for undergraduates, as well as graduate seminars.
3. Experience advising undergraduate honors theses, and the interest and ability to guide the growth in the Departments curriculum.
This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at https://facultyhandbook.nd.edu/?id=link-73597.
Equal Opportunity Employment Statement The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).
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