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How to Apply

Application material should be uploaded via the link provided: http://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1221

Applicants should provide:
  • Cover letter addressed to Chair of the Black Popular Culture Search Committee
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Statement of current and future research plans
  • Writing sample (no more than 25 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience (or a teaching portfolio containing such a statement)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, course syllabi, teaching awards that can be parts of a teaching portfolio)

In addition, candidates should provide three letters of recommendation.

Job Summary

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Black Popular Culture. Applicants with research and teaching interests in any aspect of the production and consumption of popular culture from the black diaspora with intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Areas of expertise may include (but are not limited to) music and spoken word, film and television, visual culture, and digital media. Emphasis will be given to scholars whose scholarship focuses on explorations of popular cultural practices within comparative or transnational frameworks. We encourage scholars in the fields of African-American, African, Afro-Latinx, Caribbean, and/or Transatlantic Studies across the Humanities and Social Sciences to apply. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September, 2020.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Required Qualifications*

Interested applicants are required to hold a Ph.D., degree prior to the appointment. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is October 7, 2019.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.