Berea College, the alma mater of Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1903), seeks a Department Chair of African and African American Studies. This is a full-time, tenure-track, open-rank position to begin in August 2019. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in African and African American Studies or a related field. The successful candidate will have at least three years of teaching excellence; at least three years of organizational leadership; an established scholarly trajectory, and a proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty across campus. Berea seeks a candidate who will provide programmatic leadership in its undergraduate curricula, who will foster outreach and community engagement, and who is committed to building and sustaining cross-disciplinary, cross-departmental connections in and beyond the academy. Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in African and African American Studies, a course on the African diaspora, an upper-division course in the area of the faculty member’s interests, and participation in the College’s General Education Program. Berea seeks faculty committed to excellence in teaching in a liberal arts environment, invested in scholarship and their discipline, dedicated to mentoring students, and who are also supportive of Berea’s core mission.

Application materials should include a letter of application referencing the qualities above, curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations from two recent courses, writing sample, two syllabi in the areas of African and African American studies or other teaching interests, three recommendation letters, and transcripts. Applicants should submit these materials Applicants should also complete and submit the Faculty Application available at along with other materials. Review of materials will begin October 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600-plus students from more than 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition.  Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.

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