Senior Faculty Position in African American Studies

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
African American Studies


The Department of African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for two outstanding Associate Professors or Professors in African American Studies. AOS: Senior Searches in African American Studies. AOC: Associate Professor or Professor. These hires are part of a cluster hire initiative at The Pennsylvania State University in African American Studies across several departments including English and Philosophy. For more information, please visit We are looking for excellent applicants in all disciplines and fields, but especially welcome those working in areas of the diaspora outside of the U.S., in earlier time periods, comparatists, and social scientists. The successful candidate will join a thriving African American Studies department with faculty from the humanities and social sciences, an undergraduate major and minor, a growing dual-title Ph.D. program, and significant grant activity. We have strengths in 20th and 21st century U.S. history, gender studies, Africana religions, racial formation, and cultural theory. We want to enhance our diasporic orientation, so we are especially interested in candidates who specialize in one of the following areas: cultures of the African diaspora; immigration, migration and the global black experience; and urban black life. Applicants will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or field, and a strong research and teaching portfolio. The majority of the appointment (the tenure home) will be in African American Studies with the possibility of a joint appointment in a cooperating department or unit. The teaching load is 2 courses per semester. Applications must be submitted electronically. All applications should include a cv (with the names of at least three referees), letter of application, and statement of current research. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018, but the position will remain open until filled. The start date for the position is August 2019. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Nan Woodruff, Chair of the Search Committee, at We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088