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Tenured Faculty Member and Director in African and African American Studies

Employer
Rice University: School of Humanities
Location
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 31, 2022

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Position Type
Tenured
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Academic
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Rice University is seeking a tenured advanced associate or full professor in Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Linguistics, History, English, Visual Arts, Religion, Philosophy, Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, or Art History. The successful candidate will additionally serve as Director of the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), appointment beginning July 1, 2023. The Center for African and African American Studies bridges the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences. CAAAS currently encompasses ten departments and some thirty faculty members. We seek an innovative and capacious scholar, who will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advance the Center’s interdisciplinary research endeavors and continue to expand its new and vibrant curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Center director will also work with the two deans of Humanities and Social Sciences to raise an endowment for faculty chairs, postdoctoral fellowships, and a distinguished lecture series.

CAAAS has a permanent operating budget, a designated half-time staff member, and administrative support from the two schools. The Center received approval upon its founding for the hire of ten new faculty members during its first five years. The first four faculty members were appointed in 2020 and 2021 (Art History, English, Anthropology) and two additional searches will take place in 2022-23 in Black French Studies and Modern African History (Humanities) with two Social Sciences searches planned for 2023-24. The new director will have a vital role in shaping the future faculty appointments in CAAAS.

The director of CAAAS will hold an appointment at the rank of full or advanced associate professor with tenure in one of the relevant departments: Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Linguistics, History, English, Visual Arts, Religion, Philosophy, Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, or Art History. Ph.D. or relevant terminal degree in a relevant or related field is required. Previous leadership experience as department chair, center or program director or associate director, or other positions of leadership, is strongly preferred for this appointment.

Only electronic applications will be accepted, via Interfolio. We will start reviewing application materials on October 15, 2022. For fullest consideration all materials should be submitted by November 1, 2022.

Please attach a letter of application summarizing your interest and qualifications, C.V., an article-length writing sample, and statements on teaching and research philosophies, each uploaded separately to their respective tabs. Please list three references with contact information, from whom we might solicit letters as the search progresses. We particularly encourage applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups who bring diverse cultural experiences and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise members of our diverse student population. The start date of the position is July 1, 2023.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and also one of the most diverse cities in the country and home to a significant African diasporic population. Rice offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.  To learn more about Rice, please visit www.rice.edu.

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