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Bowdoin College Full time Visiting Prof in Africana Studies

The Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin College invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible visiting assistant professor position for the 2024-2025 academic year. The appointment is for one year and begins July 1, 2024. The teaching load is two courses per semester at varying levels of the curriculum. One of the courses is an introductory level course called, “Africa and Globalization.” Areas of research specialization and teaching competency are open, though we are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship is focused on the interdisciplinary study of Africa and the African Diaspora, broadly defined. We seek a scholar-teacher who utilizes qualitative or quantitative research methodologies within the broad field of African Studies to connect the African continent (its people, cultures, histories, communities, economies, and politics) to the globalized African Diaspora and wider world; and vice versa, to show linkages, movement, flows, continuities, and ruptures between the African Diaspora and the African continent. A Ph.D. is expected by the date of appointment.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education and to inclusive excellence in teaching. For a description of inclusive excellence, please consult the following resource: Williams, et. al., Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence.

The Bowdoin community warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the inclusive instruction and support of a diverse student population and who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply. Accessibility during the application and interview stages, as well as once employed, is a priority of the College: https://www.bowdoin.edu/accessibility/index.html. Finally, visa sponsorships for faculty hires are available.

Bowdoin College offers opportunities for professional development including robust programming and resources for establishing and enhancing mentoring networks. The College also offers support for teaching, scholarship, publication, digital initiatives, computing software, conference travel, and community partnerships in courses. 

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit: 1) a cover letter that includes a summary of your scholarly focus, a description of your teaching philosophy and experience, and a description of how your approach demonstrates your understanding, definition, and application of inclusive excellence in teaching; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) short descriptions (1-2 paragraphs in length for each course) for three undergraduate classes on African and African Diaspora Studies based on your teaching and research areas, and a syllabus for an introductory course, “Africa and Globalization.”; 4) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers will be automatically contacted upon submission of your application.

Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

To apply online, visit here: https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/13140

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (38% students of color, 7% international students and 17% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website: http://www.bowdoin.edu.