The Department of African-American and African Studies and the Department of History at The Ohio State University invites applications for a position in the history of African migration to North America. The Departments seek a scholar at the rank of assistant or early associate professor, whose research expertise examines post-1965 African migration to North America. We encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of approaches to this topic, including approaches that center the perspective of migrant communities and cultures, global history, Black/Africana Studies, African history, North American history, gender and sexuality studies, economic history, or histories of race or religion. One area of particular interest is the history of migration from the Horn of Africa region and the corresponding North America-based diaspora communities. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a research profile in the form of publications and grants, as well as engagement in community-oriented initiatives commensurate with their academic rank.
The ideal candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculums. The ability to teach the history of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the history of migration to the US, along with courses in their area of specialty, is desirable. An ability to integrate community work with African diaspora communities in central Ohio, such as the Somali community, in teaching and research practices is also desirable. In addition, the candidate is expected to actively contribute to the intellectual life and research profile of the Department of African-American and African Studies as well as the Department of History.
Qualifications: Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in Africana/Black Studies, History, or a related field.
About the Department of African-American and African Studies: Our comprehensive multidisciplinary curriculum includes courses in literature, music, history, psychology, sociology, political science, and community development. The African American and African Studies Department has a Community Extension Center, which serves as both our outreach arm into the local Black community in the city of Columbus, as well as a significant resource for faculty and student research and community engagement. The department is home to the journal’s Research in African Literatures and Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men.
About the Department of History: One of the largest departments within the Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, the History Department offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees. As a top-tier department at an eminent public university, it strives to provide comprehensive and challenging understandings of the complexity of the human past to audiences across the state, the nation, and the world at large. The field of African history is well represented among faculty as well as graduate students. The Department is home to the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching, the Center for Historical Research, and the online magazine Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective.
About Columbus: The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at https://visit.osu.edu/experience.
Application Instructions: Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19661. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, writing sample, research and teaching statements as well as a diversity statement articulating your demonstrated commitment and capacity to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring and/or outreach and engagement. The search committee might subsequently ask applicants to provide more copies of research publications and/or materials that document teaching accomplishments. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Logistical inquiries may be directed to Ms. Rhonda Maynard at [email protected]. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Sarah Van Beurden at [email protected].
The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. The university is a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.
Professor Sarah Van Beurden
Department of History
The Ohio State University
106 Dulles Hall
230 Annie and John Glenn Ave
Columbus, OH 43210