Augsburg University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Black/Africana Studies to begin August 24, 2021, as part of the cluster hires for the newly established Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies (CRES) Department. This new department emerges out of the collective passions and strengths of our students, staff, and faculty as well as Augsburg University's commitment to anti-racism and social justice. We welcome applicants with broad teaching and scholarly expertise in Black and Afro-diasporic experiences in the United States context. Candidates who specialize in, but are not limited to Black feminism, Black social, political, and intellectual history and thought, critical race theory and practice, Black gender and sexual minorities, and the social science of race and racism are especially encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate in Black/Africana Studies, along with other new hires with expertise in Latine/x Studies and Asian American Studies, will have substantial input into the department's design, development, and direction. The candidate will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate level, including core foundational courses (e.g., Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies) and courses within their area of specialization. May be asked to teach at the graduate level. The teaching load is typically six courses per year. The candidate may develop courses and research in conjunction with cognate departments with which they share demonstrable disciplinary competence. Candidates are expected to demonstrate evidence of or strong potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship/creative pursuits, service, and mentoring students. A commitment to collaborative, intersectional, and interdisciplinary work is desirable.
Ph.D. in any related specialization, discipline, and field is required by the start of appointment.
Among the distinctive features of the university are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The University's commitments to our urban context and the world beyond it are enhanced through the work of four signature centers: the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education and Experience, the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. All faculty members are encouraged to develop significant, experiential learning opportunities in collaboration with one or more of these centers through curricular and co-curricular programming in our main campus in Minneapolis, as well as our satellite site in Rochester, MN, and academic centers in Central America and Southern Africa. Faculty members also design and offer Study-Away programs across all fifty states.
For more than a decade, Augsburg's commitment to intentional diversity has been reflected in the student body as Black, Indigenous and other students of color have to comprise more than 70% of the student body. The emerging interdisciplinary department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies builds on this foundation to further diversify our academic curriculum and co-curricular programs. We do this work out of historical and contemporary obligations rooted in our ethical and intellectual commitments to prepare our diverse student body for a cosmopolitan world.
Augsburg is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class. Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities working in an academic community committed to intentional diversity. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate these competencies. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.
To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter, CV, a teaching statement (that should also address mentoring students), a research statement, and evidence of teaching quality (syllabi and evaluations) at https://www.augsburg.edu/hr/ . In the cover letter, candidates should address their ability to educate and mentor diverse students and/or contribute to a diverse learning community. As part of the online application process, you will be required to provide the names of three professional references. If your application advances in this search, you will be notified prior to Augsburg contacting your references. Application review will begin on xxx, however, the position will remain open until filled.
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and is characterized by strong teaching in small classes.
The University's Mission
Augsburg University educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.
Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, Augsburg’s main campus surrounds Murphy Square, the oldest park in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center are across the street from Augsburg, with the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners theatre district just a few blocks away.
The 23-acre campus consists of a mix of historic and newer buildings that reflect the contemporary needs of the academic pr...ograms. Augsburg’s newest signature academic building, the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion, opened for classes January 8, 2018. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a location in Rochester, Minnesota, and maintains international sites and staff in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Namibia.