The Clara Luper Department of African & African American Studies, housed in College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at the University of Oklahoma, is beginning a multi-year period of expansion and renewal. As part of the growth of this progressive unit, applications are being solicited for an outstanding faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor in Carceral Studies/Critical Prison Studies. Area of specialization is open, however, the ideal candidate’s scholarship will be rooted in Africana Studies. The position is a nine-month appointment and includes teaching four courses each academic year.

The faculty hire will have the opportunity to join an emerging cross-college consortium of faculty at the University of Oklahoma in Carceral Studies which will be engaged in cultivating rigorous scholarship toward social transformation in relation to carcerality in general and mass incarceration in particular.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-RI comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Shusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.

The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best place to live” rankings. Visit for more information.



Candidates should have a PhD in Africana Studies or a relevant discipline and a record of distinguished teaching and scholarly publication.


Application Instructions

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Oklahoma offers an excellent benefits program. The appointment begins in August 2020. Review of applications begins November 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Cover letters should be addressed to Dr. Karlos K. Hill, Search Committee Chair. To apply, all materials (cover letter, vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of research area(s), contact information, and three letters of reference) should be submitted online at the University of Oklahoma’s ByCommittee website.

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