Assistant Professor of African Studies, College of Humanities and Science

Thomas Jefferson University, College of Humanities and Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Dec 22, 2021

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Full Time
Area Studies, African Studies
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Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member with a strong commitment to general education and African studies. 

The successful candidate will teach in general education courses with international content and may have opportunities to help design new multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary courses in the undergraduate general education core curriculum as well as in new interdisciplinary majors under development. The standard teaching load is 12 credits per semester, with reductions for administrative roles.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) – East Falls Campus founded in 1884, is a fully accredited, private university with 4,000 part- and full-time students from 38 states and 42 countries. The University offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to the Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration and doctoral degrees (Ph.D. and OTD). The University offers career-oriented education that blends liberal and professional studies in a way that enables students to grow as individuals and as highly skilled designers, business leaders, architects, health care professionals and scientists. Visit for more information.




Candidate must have a research doctorate or a foreign equivalent to a U.S. doctoral degree in African Studies or related field.


Candidates should have a record of excellence in teaching at the college level; strong scholarship in their field(s) of expertise; and demonstrated commitment to the pedagogies of active student learning. The candidate should demonstrate research expertise in African Studies and the African diaspora; possible areas of disciplinary specialization include cultural studies; contemporary history; literature; anthropology; or related disciplines. Experience working in an interdisciplinary setting and a commitment to interdisciplinary research is a plus.


A review of applications will begin on November 30, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, interested applicants must complete the Faculty Employment Application found at Job ID # 9259849 and must submit as single pdf to an application containing a 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, 4) a diversity statement 5) statement of research interests and 6) the contact information of (3) professional references addressed to Dr. Barbara Kimmelman, Dean, College of Humanities and Sciences, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497.


Conditions of Employment:

COVID Vaccination is a requirement for employment at Jefferson for employees working at Jefferson’s clinical entities or at the University. If you are not currently vaccinated you will be required to receive the vaccination prior to hire date if you are offered employment, unless you request and receive an approved medical or religious exemption from Jefferson.


Closing Statement:

Jefferson Health delivers state of the art healthcare services to patients throughout the Delaware Valley and southern New Jersey. Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) provides more than 8,400 students from nearly 40 states and 40 countries with 21st century professional education. Combined, we have over 30,000 employees.

Jefferson Health, with 14 hospitals (seven are Magnet designated by the ANCC for nursing excellence) and 40+ outpatient and urgent care locations, offers a broad range of primary and complex, highly specialized care that touches the lives of more than four million patients annually. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Thomas Jefferson University Hospital among the nation’s best in eight specialties. Jefferson Health also includes the NCI designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center; it is one of only 70 such centers in the nation.

Thomas Jefferson University has ten colleges and three schools that offer more than 160 undergraduate and graduate programs. Our University is dedicated to inter-professional and transdisciplinary approaches to learning that offer a vibrant and expandable platform for professional education. Through this unique model, we are preparing our students for current and yet to be imagined careers.

As an employer, Jefferson maintains a commitment to provide equal access to employment. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans.


The College of Humanities and Sciences focuses on human social interactions and relationships, from the individual to regional, national and international institutions. This is where philosopher meets the political scientist, the sociologist meets the community activist, the historian meets the mathematician, the writer meets the physicist—in a place where transdisciplinary collaboration defines our teaching and our research. The faculty of the College of Humanities and Sciences teach both in its major programs and in the Hallmarks Program for General Education, supporting the education of professionals with awareness of all the national and global issues that impact their professional and personal lives.

The following information is provided by the employer in accordance with AAA policy. AAA is not responsible for verifying the accuracy of these statements. They are not part of the actual position description submitted for publication by the employer.

  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
  • This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.
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