New Search for Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and History

Job Summary

The Department of History and the Africana Studies Institute, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, are seeking to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the History of the Black Atlantic before 1900. The successful candidate will be expected to teach survey-level and advanced undergraduate courses in Africana Studies and in History; opportunities for graduate teaching may also arise. The candidate is also expected to contribute to historical research and scholarship through high quality publications; to engage in scholarly activities and participate in outreach and service activities. S/he will share a commitment to effective instruction and mentoring of students, to the development of innovative courses, and to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience. More information about the Department is at and about the Institute at

Minimum Qualifications

Earned Ph.D. in History or a related field by the appointment start date. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. Applicants should have teaching and research interests in the History of the Black Atlantic before 1900. They should demonstrate excellence in teaching and the potential to build a successful record of research and scholarship, including a strong, ongoing research trajectory.

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to conduct teaching and research in any field of comparative slavery, the slave trade, abolitionism, or post emancipation societies. Ability to develop online graduate teaching courses, certificate and degree programs could be an advantage.

This is a full time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2016, to be held jointly in History and Africana Studies. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of teaching at one of UConn’s regional campuses or in on-line instruction.  S/he will within an appropriate period of time be required to meet the criteria for promotion and tenure in the History Department. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application.  Please submit the following: an application letter that addresses the criteria for the position, including a statement of commitment to diversity; a curriculum vitae; a sample article or chapter; and a statement of teaching philosophy. Additionally, follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.  Screening of applicants will begin immediately, with full consideration given to applicants who apply by November 15, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via teleconference starting mid-January 2016. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2016159)

Inquiries other than applications can be directed to Prof. Jelani Cobb, Search Committee Chair, by email ( or mail (Africana Studies Institute, U-4162, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT  06269-4162, U.S.A.).

The University is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty members at all ranks during the past three years.  We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for this faculty position in the Department of History and the Africana Studies Institute.

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