The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position the Department of Black Studies housed in the School of Gender, Race, and Nations (SGRN) beginning September 16, 2020.
Applicants’ research program should have a strong field-based or community-related (e.g., in local school district, prisons, and the general metropolitan area) component. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or a terminal degree in the area of Black, African American or African Diaspora Studies or other relevant degree by September 15, 2020. In addition, this position requires that the candidate have a strong knowledge of the history and culture of the Black Experience in Portland, Oregon.
Tenure track faculty are expected to provide classroom instruction; engage in appropriate research activities, including the pursuit of grants and external funding; the publication and/or appropriate dissemination of scholarly and research based knowledge; advise students; participate in department and university governance through appropriate committee work and related activities; participate in community involvement activities that support the goals and objectives of the Black Studies Department. The hired candidate will also be required to coordinate the Black Bag Speaker Series and serve as the Director for the Black Studies Center for which they will receive course releases. The Black Bag Speaker Series centers scholars, artists, community organizations and activists whose work focuses on Black and African people locally and nationally to engage in critical discussions with the Portland State University community. The Black Studies Center is a site for the development of academic excellence for students and community engagement. The standard course load for a full-time tenured or tenure track faculty member at PSU is 6 courses per academic year. PSU is on a quarter system. It is expected that the new hire will contribute to the growth of our undergraduate and graduate programs, offer new courses, and attract outstanding students.
Candidates with a focus in the traditional disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including those with strong multi-disciplinary background, are also encouraged to apply. The candidate must have a strong teaching, research, and publication record compatible with their rank.
PhD or terminal degree and a record of scholarly publications or creative achievements in Black/African American Literature and the Black Experience in the State of Oregon.
A strong record of working in prisons teaching Black History and Culture. Demonstrated success and ability in obtaining external research grant support.
Internal Number: 32929
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