The Department of History at Georgia State University (downtown Atlanta campus) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in African-American History (period open) to begin August 2020. The university is located in the heart of a vibrant metropolitan area in the Southeastern United States. Georgia State is the largest research university in the state of Georgia and a national leader in innovative efforts to promote student success. It ranks among the nation’s top 115 universities in the Carnegie Foundation’s elite category of the Highest Research Activity and research faculty received $122.7 million in external research funding during the 2018 fiscal year. Georgia State is the 10th most racially and ethnically diverse university in the nation; demonstrating that students of all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success is central to the university’s mission. The Department of History ( is committed to enhancing its research and instructional excellence by increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from individuals in underrepresented groups.

Tenure-track faculty typically teach a 2-2 course load. Teaching responsibilities include cross-listed History/African-American Studies courses at all levels. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop upper division undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in History and African-American Studies, and to supervise graduate research for the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. The department encourages applicants with a passion for teaching and mentoring our students. The successful candidate will also have the option to hold an interdisciplinary affiliation with the Department of African-American Studies, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and/or other units. Ph.D. required by date of hire (August 2020).

Applicants should submit: 1) a Cover Letter (2 single-spaced pages); 2) a CV (if the doctorate is not already in hand, please indicate the expected date of graduation); 3) a Research Statement (1-2 single-spaced pages, include a narrative of past, current, and future scholarship); and 4) the names and affiliations of three potential referees. All four documents should be combined into a single PDF file (LASTNAME.FIRSTNAME.pdf) and submitted as an email attachment to Chair, African-American History Search Committee, at Those applicants long-listed by the search committee will be contacted for three reference letters and an article/chapter-length writing sample. Applications received by October 31, 2019 are assured full consideration; preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype/Zoom.

Offer of employment conditional upon background verification. Please direct questions to Dr. Julia Gaffield at

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

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