Open Rank Position:

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware invites applications for an open rank position in Nineteenth-Century African-American History/American Slavery.  The area of specialization is open, but ideal candidates should demonstrate a critical engagement with nineteenth-century African-American life and U. S. enslavement which can include but is not limited to a focus on education, the black family, sexuality, and/or the legal system. Candidates should also be prepared to undertake rigorous research and innovative teaching in these areas.

The successful candidate will join an Africana Studies department comprised of engaged faculty with a strong research profile and a commitment to student-centered learning and community engagement. There is potential for collaboration with other departments and programs on campus including the Department of History, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and the Center for Material Culture Studies, in addition to participating in public and digital humanities-centered teaching and research.



Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in History, African-American/Africana Studies or other relevant fields. Applicants who are ABD will also be considered, but must have Ph.D. in hand by August 1, 2020.  In addition, candidates must demonstrate exceptional promise for excellence in research and scholarship, as well as a commitment to teaching.

The start date for this position is August 16, 2020.


Application Instructions:

Applicants are asked to create and upload a letter of application, which describes the focus of current research activities, in addition to qualifications, a current curriculum vitae (CV), a writing sample (no more than 30 pages) and the names as well as contact information for three references. Additional application materials may be requested by the committee at a later point. Review of applications will begin October 9, 2019 and will continue until filled. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Cheryl D. Hicks, Search Committee Chair,

Application material will not be accepted through personal correspondence with the Chair or other committee members. Application materials will only be accepted through the TalentLink.


About the University

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity. The University of Delaware has received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is nationally recognized for our exceptional educational experiences and for integrating instruction, research, and public engagement. CAS is a thriving academic unit of over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and 600 faculty, featuring outstanding research and teaching facilities. We encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and engage local, national, and global audiences through our research and creative activity.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity and inclusion enrich the academic experience and expand the knowledge base for innovation. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. The university encourages applications from minority group members, women, people with disabilities and veterans.

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