Lafayette College announces a full-time, tenure-track position in the Africana Studies Program at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2020, with specialization in contemporary African American life and culture, with expertise in questions of cultural identities and contemporary life in today’s U.S. black community. The successful candidate will be able to frame the study of African American communities in all their current complexities (historic pre-World War One communities, recent immigrants from the African continent, the Caribbean, etc.) while focusing on experiences peculiar to black communities that date from the antebellum period in the U.S.  Applicants should have demonstrable competence in teaching, and would be expected to teach the introductory course in Africana Studies and other Africana Studies courses, such as Black Experience. Other possible courses that focus on black diaspora experience in the Americas, and other topics that reflect the candidate’s own research area would be expected over time. Expertise in teaching about mass incarceration and its effects would be valued. AFS requires applications from candidates with a doctorate (in hand or expected by August 2020). As an interdisciplinary program AFS encourages submissions from a range of departments and disciplines, notably sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, or human geography; but candidates are not limited to these. The teaching load is 2/2 in the first year, and 3/2 thereafter. Evidence of a promising scholarly trajectory in the applicant’s areas of expertise is expected. We are also interested in learning about the candidate’s current research program.

As part of your cover letter, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring and/or community service support Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the college’s diversity statement ( Applicants should upload the cover letter with a curriculum vita, teaching statement (not to exceed three pages), and a writing sample (e.g., a chapter or article, 25 pages maximum).  Three confidential letters of reference should be uploaded at, by October 5, addressed to: Wendy Wilson-Fall, Chair, Africana Studies Program, Lafayette College / Easton, PA 18042 / USA.

About Lafayette College:

Located within 70 miles of both New York and Philadelphia in eastern Pennsylvania, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and engineering institution with significant resources to support faculty members in their teaching and scholarship. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff.  All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.  Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.