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Assistant Professor of Black Popular Culture

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Black Popular Culture. Applicants with research and teaching interests in any aspect of the production and consumption of popular culture from the black diaspora with intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Areas of expertise may include (but are not limited to) music and spoken word, film and television, visual culture, and digital media. Emphasis will be given to scholars whose scholarship focuses on explorations of popular cultural practices within comparative or transnational frameworks. We encourage scholars in the fields of African-American, African, Afro-Latinx, Caribbean, and/or Transatlantic Studies across the Humanities and Social Sciences to apply.

This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 2020. Interested applicants are required to hold a Ph.D., degree prior to the appointment. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research.

Applicants should provide:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Chair of the Black Popular Culture Search Committee
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Writing sample (no more than 25 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience (or a teaching portfolio containing such a statement)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, course syllabi, teaching awards that can be parts of a teaching portfolio)In addition, candidates should provide three letters of recommendation.

Application material should be uploaded via the link provided:  http://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1221            

Deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is October 7, 2019.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veterans’ status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.