Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Job Description:
The Department of African & African American Studies (AAAS) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, seeks a scholar of African Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022 for a nine-month, tenure-track position. All regional foci and disciplinary/methodological approaches are welcome

Teaching responsibilities include existing undergraduate courses such as Contemporary Africa, African Literature, and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization. The teaching load is 2-2. The new hire will be joining the department at a particularly pivotal moment in our history. After more than 20 years as a program, AAAS was promoted to department status in Jan 2021. We seek a scholar who is motivated, innovative, and ready to join a community of committed researchers and teachers as we continue to build our department and grow our presence on campus.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in African Studies, Africana Diasporic Studies, or a related field. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. The application deadline is November 30, 2021.

Questions regarding the application and position can be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Ruth Moon and Dr. Mark Schaefer at [email protected].


The mission of AAAS is to promote critical thinking and challenge students to attain the highest levels of intellectual achievement and personal development through the study of ideas, practices, theories, and experiences of Africans, African Americans, and or diasporic communities. To fulfill our mission, AAAS is comprised of a visionary and diverse faculty whose work commands a range of expertise and focuses on the history, ethnicity, and gender, social, cultural, political, religious, and literary studies. Our faculty’s commitment to excellence supports AAAS’ vision to foster an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for our students. Also, we are committed to addressing social injustices and promoting community engagement.

Toward these ends, our department offers a B.A. as well as a minor and a graduate minor. Since its inception, AAAS has taken innovative steps to ensure that our students’ academic and civic goals and needs are met. This entails organizing and sponsoring events that involve the participation of surrounding communities. Furthermore, we work tirelessly to recruit the brightest and the best from our communities and to support student scholarships.

Special Instructions:
Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications; a CV, sample publications; a list of three references, and a one-page diversity statement highlighting how your commitment to diversity shows up in your research, teaching, and service.

A copy of your transcripts(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required before hiring.

Additional Position Information:
Background Check – An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits – LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more

Essential Position (Y/N):
LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:
LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management ([email protected]).

HCM Contact Information:
Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at (225) 578-8200 or email  [email protected]