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Assistant Professor in Africana Art and Visual Culture

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Categories: Faculty
Department: Africana Studies

New employees with a start date on or later than March 1, 2022 must be fully vaccinated when they first report to work at Davidson College. Please see the full new hire vaccination policy here.

The Africana Studies Department at Davidson College seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in Africana Art and Visual Culture.

Scholars whose work addresses larger art and visual cultures and interdisciplinary questions that the study of Africa and the African diaspora prompt are especially welcome to apply.

Our Africana Studies curriculum reflects the great ethnic, racial, and religious diversity within the category of "blackness," and explores the artistic, historical, literary, and theoretical expressions of the various African and African Diaspora cultures.

Because Davidson College is committed to diversity and inclusion, we especially welcome candidates who have benefited from, contributed to, or created programs directed toward these important values. As a result of the College’s fundraising efforts, the new colleague in this position will belong to a cohort stemming from three tenure-track searches the Africana Studies Department is conducting this year.

The candidate must be able to teach introductory and upper-level courses in their field of expertise in Africana Arts and Visual Culture. Courses should engage themes and topics in Africana art and visual culture, informed by critical, theoretical, and/or disciplinary perspectives. The successful candidate will teach Africana 101 and the Senior capstone in a rotation with other Africana colleagues.

Candidates are  expected to engage actively in research or creative activity related to Africana Art and Visual Culture. Success in the position will require continued scholarly activities through conference presentations, publications, and professional accomplishments within the field.

Digital media literacy is highly desired but not required.

Additional responsibilities include advising of undergraduates, participation in college committees and departmental tasks, and directing student research.

Requirements

  • Doctoral Degree (PhD. or equivalent) or terminal degree in related field (with publication record) by July 1, 2023.
  • Evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in and enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching.
  • Record of scholarship at the intersection of Africana Studies, Art and Visual Culture.

Materials:

Review of completed applications and supporting materials at https://employment.davidson.edu will start on October 31, 2022. Please contact Caroline Fache (cafache@davidson.edu) with any inquiries about this position. 


The following materials are required of all applicants:  

  • Concise cover letter,
  • C.V., 
  • Unofficial graduate transcript,  
  • Statement of research interests,
  • Statement of interest in teaching at a liberal arts college with a diverse student body, outlining how their teaching and research might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • One 25 to 35-page writing sample of relevant work,
  • Contact information for three references, one of which is to address the candidate’s engagement with Africana Studies specifically.  Letters will be requested after initial screening of applications.

Davidson College is searching for three tenure track faculty in Africana Studies and three in visual and performing arts to join a community committed to expanding offerings in African, African Diaspora, Latin American and Latinx, and Asian studies. Read more about this initiative.

Davidson College is a highly selective, residential, four-year liberal arts college, located 20 miles from Charlotte, NC that is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Davidson faculty members enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and outstanding facilities. A collegial, respectful atmosphere honors academic achievement and integrity, upholds educational excellence, encourages student-faculty collaborative research, and prioritizes inclusive pedagogy.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

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