Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to appoint a Professor in Black Studies at the senior level, beginning August 2021, to contribute to the development of a new program in race and ethnic studies. Applicants from all fields of Black, African American, or Africana Studies are welcome. The search is open to specialization and discipline within these fields with preference for scholars working in global, comparative, and justice-oriented contexts. All candidates are expected to conduct innovative research in their area. The successful candidate will assume an integral role in the development of the new program and an integrative, interdisciplinary curriculum.
SUA is a top-ranked liberal arts university with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. A cross-disciplinary education, coupled with small class size, aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through mentorship. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, human rights, the sanctity of life in enhancing the happiness of the individual and the world provides the founding impetus for the university and its mission. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community. About half of SUA students have come from the US, and half have come from over forty-five other countries.
Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Black Studies or an appropriate area and demonstrate significant experience and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and program development.
Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.
Benefits / Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.
Deadline for applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of research interests and three confidential letters of recommendation to be addressed to Michael Weiner, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Please submit all documents through the Interfolio link below. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.
Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. Soka University is nationally ranked in the Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 15 Best Value Colleges by US News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2019." SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size 12) and study abroad is included in tuition so that every undergraduate spends a semester living and learning another culture. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of our students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 45 other countries.