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Assistant Professor, African American Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 1st, 2019
Next review date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Davis invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of African American Studies to begin July 1, 2020. Disciplinary field and specialization within Social Sciences are open, although preference will be given to candidates working in comparative and applied social sciences and policy. The successful candidate should complement the strengths and goals of the African American and African Studies Department at UC Davis. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field.

We seek a scholar with an innovative publication profile or with a strong promise of scholarly productivity, as well as a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should possess a promise of or commitment to departmental/university collaboration as appropriate to rank. A record of publication is preferred, appropriate to rank.

Our department is multidisciplinary, with strengths in the humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences. We offer an undergraduate major and minor as well as a graduate Designated Emphasis. Faculty can also seek affiliation with a number of graduate groups within the College.

Interested candidates should submit an application that includes a statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, a 20- to 30-page writing sample from recent research (preferably published or under contract with a publisher) as PDF or MS Word compatible files, copies of syllabi and teaching evaluation summaries from 3 recent courses, a statement of contributions to diversity, and 3 letters of recommendation. Candidates should submit the application packet through the Recruit online portal at:

For full consideration applications should be completed by September 30, 2019. The position is open until filled.

The University of California, Davis, and the African American and African Studies Department are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. The University of California is an Affirmative Action/equal opportunity employer.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research Interests

  • Writing Sample

  • Syllabi and Teaching Evaluations - Course #1

  • Syllabi and Teaching Evaluations - Course #2

  • Syllabi and Teaching Evaluations - Course #3

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required