Post-Doctoral Fellow or Visiting Assistant Professor in African American Studies/Race & Pedagogy Institute
Job ID: 3045
Location African American Studies
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Appointment: African American Studies Program/Race and Pedagogy Institute; full-time, post-doctoral fellow or visiting assistant professor; begins Fall 2016 or Spring 2017, renewable for up to three years.
Responsibilities: The African American Studies Program is seeking candidates who can contribute to introductory, methods, and capstone courses as the curriculum transitions from minor to major. The appointment will also have concurrent affiliation with the Race and Pedagogy Institute (RPI). The successful candidate will be expected normally to teach four units per year if a post-doc, and six units per year if a visiting assistant professor; the schedule of the courses may be flexible from year to year - 2:2, 1:3, or 3:1 - as may best serve students, best support the faculty member's research program and/or mentoring of student research, or best meet particular program or Institute needs.
The faculty member will be expected to be actively engaged in the African American Studies program and RPI.
The faculty member will be asked to: Participate in home department meetings related to curriculum and/or research as may be most directly relevant to the faculty member's work. Participate in student advising. A post-doc will be expected to maintain an active research program which might include opportunities for independent undergraduate research. One course unit release is provided for this research activity.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in African American Studies, or related discipline (ABD considered). While the program is open to a variety of academic areas across the entire liberal arts, we will give preference to scholar/teachers with expertise in the physical or social sciences and to experience or expertise in community-based learning. Strong commitment to liberal arts undergraduate teaching, mentoring undergraduate research, and on-going scholarship are also required.
African American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on African American experiences, while recognizing that other academic subjects bear importantly on the understanding of these experiences and should have a place in the African American Studies curriculum. Within the interrogative mode that guides African American Studies, students in the program 1) acquire sophisticated knowledge of African American and other African diasporic experiences; 2) become conversant with local, regional, national, international, as well as personal and intersectional issues of race, power, and difference, and recognize the implications these have for equity in daily life; 3) cultivate skills in analytic, transdisciplinary, reflexive, and community-based research methodologies, and modes of written, oral, and multi-media communication allowing for the formulation, articulation, and interrogation of ideas in private and public spheres; 4) develop critical, intellectual, and ethical perspectives that can guide and advance personal, educational, civic, political, and professional actions; and 5) engage and elaborate nuanced understandings of the role of race in African American life and also in broader social and institutional relations in the United States, other parts of the Americas, and elsewhere.
The Race & Pedagogy Institute (RPI) is a collaboration of University of Puget Sound and the South Sound community that integrates intellectual assets of the campus into a mutual and reciprocal partnership with local community experience and expertise, and pursues the vision of educating students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and to act to eliminate racism. Alongside African American Studies, RPI contributes to a transformative educational vision regarding the work of re-envisioning the imperatives of liberal arts modes of education.
Fall 2016 marks a significant turning point both in African American Studies and in its offshoot, Race and Pedagogy. African American Studies is being offered as a major for the first time and Race and Pedagogy makes the transition from being an initiative to become the Race and Pedagogy Institute.
Compensation and Benefits:
Rank: Post-doctoral Fellow or Visiting Assistant Professor
The position offers a salary of $52,140 to $63,200 (commensurate with education, experience, and 4, 5, or 6 course teaching load) and comes with health and professional development benefits.
About Puget Sound: Puget Sound is a selective liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.
A low student-faculty ratio, and class sizes ranging between 15-30 students, provide Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching. Visit About Puget Sound (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.
Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than July 31, 2016 to ensure consideration.
Required Documents: Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applicants submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
- Letter of Interest - Teaching statement - Diversity statement - Writing sample
The search committee requires three (3) letters of reference; candidates will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.
About Puget Sound Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.
As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA
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