University of Virginia: Assistant or Associate Professor of Black diasporas in the Américas

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia has launched a multiyear faculty hiring initiative devoted to Race, Justice and Equity, building on a broad range of recent commitments, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project to hire 10 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty working on the Global South; an expansion and University endowment commitment to the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of the Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships to enhance our recruitment of  underrepresented graduate students; and a parallel project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint 30 Race, Justice, and Equity Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the University (20 in Arts & Sciences).

These commitments further our mission as a public university, dedicated to the promise of democratic life, and consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment—and the deep histories that have produced it—call us to engage with renewed urgency the particular histories of inequality affecting Black communities in the United States and across the globe. Our hiring, research, teaching, and institutional practices and commitments must respond to that call.

As part of this initiative, UVA Arts & Sciences has launched a cluster of 10 tenured/tenure track searches for faculty members working in Black studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Appointments will span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. Four of these searches were completed last year with the next six occurring this Fall.

These new faculty members will join a community of colleagues at UVA already working in and across disciplines on the social, cultural, political, historical, and environmental questions that are central to African, African-American, and Diaspora communities across the US and around the world. The University of Virginia’s location and history necessitates that we sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia invite applications for a position at the Associate Professor rank in the field of Black diasporas in the Américas (Afro Latinx and/or Afro Latin American studies), with a start date of Fall 2022. Applications from advanced Assistant Professors (at least 3 years beyond PhD) are also welcomed. We are seeking candidates studying Black diasporic cultures in the Américas using a broad variety of approaches.

Eligible applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field (such as Spanish, Black studies, English, Latinx studies, Latin American studies, Ethnic studies, American studies, Performance studies, History, Media studies, or Comparative Literature) by the time of appointment, and candidates will be assessed based on their demonstrated record and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service. We seek candidates at an advanced stage in their career development who are able to support our departments in administrative leadership roles and graduate mentorship. Native, heritage, or near-native command of Spanish and English is required. We welcome colleagues with the ability to research and teach in multiple languages of the Américas.

Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.