Department Chair/Professor - African American Studies

Syracuse University

United States

June 10, 2022


Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 075898

Job Title Department Chair/Professor - African American Studies Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Hours to be determined by Dean.

Job Type Full-time Rank Associate Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Department of African American Studies (https: // in Syracuse University's College of Arts & Sciences seeks a dynamic scholar to serve as Department Chair beginning Fall 2022. The successful candidate will possess a strong record of scholarship; teaching excellence; experience overseeing departmental administrative procedures and governance; demonstrated skill in collaborating with faculty on curricula and programming for undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students; and a commitment to community engagement.

Since gaining department status in 1979, African American Studies at SU has offered multi-disciplinary approaches to global studies of people of African descent. Unique departmental resources, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (https: // and the Community Folk Art Center (https: //, have been integral to academic initiatives. Recent and pending faculty retirements have led to a critical juncture. The new chair will thus play a pivotal role in leading the department as it formulates strategic plans to engage changing social, political, cultural, technological, and pedagogical landscapes.


  • The position requires a Ph.D. with a principal research and teaching focus on aspects of Black life in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, or Europe. Scholars in any field of the humanities or social sciences are welcome to apply.
  • Candidates who have met the standards for the rank of professor with tenure are preferred. However, full consideration will also be given to applications from advanced tenured associate professors.
  • Job Specific Qualifications Responsibilities

    The teaching requirement during the three-year term as Department Chair will be one course per semester. At the end of the chair term, two courses per semester will be required.

    1:1 while chair, 2:2 when no longer chair

    Physical Requirements

    Not Applicable


    Not Applicable

    Application Instructions

    Applications must include a current curriculum vitae; letter of interest; sample publication; diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; and three confidential recommendation letters. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


    About Syracuse University

    Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

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    Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


    Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

    Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

    Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military- connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University's contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

    Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

    Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi- cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

    Quick Link https: // www. Job Posting Date 08/11/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Other Document
  • Writing Sample
  • Optional Documents

  • Writing Sample URL (if larger than 5MB)
  • Portfolio Website URL
  • Supplemental Questions

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  • How did you first find out about this position?
  • (Syracuse University Online Employment website)
  • Syracuse University HR Recruiter
  • Virtual Career Fair (via NYS Department of Labor)
  • SUNY EOC (Equal Opportunity Center)
  • Women's Opportunity Center
  • Jubilee Homes
  • Syracuse Northeast Community Center
  • Interfaith Works
  • JobPlus
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • HERC (HERC Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)
  • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education website)
  • LinkedIn Job Posting
  • Facebook
  • Job Fair
  • Search Firm
  • Referred by an SU Employee
  • Other
  • If "other", please describe how you first found out about this position.
  • (Open Ended Question)