As part of Kent State University’s interdisciplinary Global Understanding Research Initiative, the Department of Pan-African Studies invites applications for an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor position beginning Fall 2019. Kent State’s global understanding initiative stimulates interdisciplinary collaborations focused on solutions to problems of global concern in an era marked by globalization, increased marginalization, and the growing movement of people across national borders.

The purpose of this hire is to 1) build upon the department’s existing strengths which include, but is not limited to Community Activism and Organizing, Gender, Race and Sex, Government and Social Systems and a vibrant Arts and Culture concentration  and 2) to further develop the department’s expertise and scholarly leadership in matters of global importance. The department includes the Institute of African-American Affairs, the Center of Pan-African Culture, the African Community Theatre and the Uumbaji Gallery, all of which offer opportunities for national and international collaboration, community engagement, research and mentoring/professional development.

We seek applicants whose primary area of expertise lies in the area of colonialism and its legacies [systems of governance of formerly enslaved and oppressed populations in Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean, including Indigenous Peoples]. The department is particularly interested in candidates who utilize decolonizing/indigenous research methodologies and pedagogies as well as those who may have expertise in one or more of these fields: Gender Studies, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Public Policy, International Relations, Legal Studies. We are particularly interested in applicants whose orientation to teaching and research correspond with our commitment to centering Pan-African and Indigenous thought and practices.

A Ph.D. is required, with preference for that degree being in Africana Studies, African-American Studies or related field.

Associate or Full Professor level applicants must demonstrate a well-developed and vibrant research program, a strong publication record, extramural funding success, and evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate levels. Assistant level applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop strong research, publication and teaching records.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, copies of publications/writing samples, teaching evaluations, instructional materials such as course syllabi and three letters of reference to or to:

Chair, Search Committee
Department of Pan-African Studies
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240-0001


Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.

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