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African American Studies & Digital Studies (Assistant Professor) - Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Apply now Job no: 492705
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Job Description: 
The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies invites applications for a full-time, jointly appointed, tenure-track assistant professor in African American Studies (2/3) and Digital Studies (1/3). We seek highly qualified candidates who will contribute to the growth of each of these programs and enhance the intellectual diversity of the unit by complementing existing expertise. The tenure-home of the successful applicant will be Area and Global Studies. Areas of expertise relevant to African American Studies include: global black experience; African American social thought; contemporary black/African American social movements; black women’s culture and communities; black feminist thought; race and/or ethnicity; inequality, immigration, health, art and material expressions, criminal justice, public and social policy as they are relevant to Black/African American Studies. Areas of expertise relevant to Digital Studies include digital identities and representation, data literacy, digital culture and ethics; social media culture and communication. The successful applicant must be committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.


  • Ph.D. in African American Studies or related field by August 31, 2018.
  • Academic qualifications necessary to teach core courses in African American Studies and Digital Studies programs.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching and research about the African American and black experience.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching interdisciplinary courses with a range of digital technologies to investigate digital cultures and communities.
  • Demonstrated research interests in social media culture, digital identities and representation, digital culture and ethics.
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly/creative achievement in appropriate areas. 


  • Demonstrated local, national or international engagement with the African American and/or black experience.
  • Demonstrated local, national, or international engagement with digital cultures and communities.

The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced level courses in African American Studies (AAA) and Digital Studies (DS) and develop new courses relating to their interests. In a typical academic year, the successful candidate will teach four courses in AAA and two courses in DS: ordinarily, three courses per semester. In addition to teaching, faculty members are required to maintain an active research agenda and perform service for the programs, department, college, and university.

Salary:  Competitive salary and benefits package

Department/Division:  Area and Global Studies / Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Deadline Date: All application materials must be received by January 2, 2018.

How to apply:  Apply on line at and click “Apply now”.  Include a cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications, separate teaching and research statements not to exceed two pages each; curriculum vitae including contact information for three academic references should be uploaded to the job site. For any questions contact Dr. Steeve Buckridge, Director and Search Committee Chair or the Area and Global Studies office at 616-331-8110.

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