Assistant or Associate Professor of Pan-African/Africana Studies *Re-Post*


Assistant or Associate Professor of Pan-African/Africana Studies *Re-Post*

Drew University is seeking a Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Pan-African/Africana Studies in the Pan-African Studies Program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaching courses in African-American history
  • Teaching courses in the Pan-African Studies program pertinent to the candidate’s research expertise
  • Development of a revised Pan-African Studies curriculum
  • Work collaboratively and coordinate with faculty across the university whose research and teaching are concerned with the Africana world
  • Active scholarship in Africana studies disciplines

Required Education and Experience:
We seek candidates who have breadth in the study of the history and cultures of the African diaspora and who are passionate about innovative teaching within a liberal arts context. The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate courses on African American history and methods and theory in Africana Studies, will play a leadership role as director of the Pan-African Studies program at Drew, and will participate in cross-University curricular and co-curricular initiatives affirming and promoting the African American, African, and Black experiences at Drew. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in curriculum development. In addition to excellent teaching, candidates will be expected to maintain an active program of scholarship, broadly defined, and to contribute to the university community through mentoring and advising students, collaboration across disciplines, committee service, and leadership at Drew.

A Ph.D. in a humanities field with a clear specialization in African American, Black, and/or Africana Studies is required.

To apply, submit the following materials to Please include your name in the subject. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021.

  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Contact information of 3 professional references

About Drew University:
Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrolment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.

History of the Program:
Pan-African studies has a long and storied history at Drew University. On February 5, 1964, Drew University proudly hosted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a convocation speaker. In 1972-73, student protests led to the formation of a Black Academic Concerns Committee that expanded the curriculum and provided faculty professional development support to create new courses in Black Studies. These scholarly, intellectual and social commitments grew and coalesced over the next thirty years and in 1992-1993 faculty voted to approve a program in African-American & African studies that would ultimately become the contemporary program in Pan-African studies. Now, at a similar inflection point in both America and in American higher education we see another student led movement at Drew—the urgent need to recommit and rededicate this program to the future of Africana studies in the United States. This newly created position reflects that desire and need at Drew University. This program has historically provided an important space for facilitating intellectual exchange and supporting students of Africana heritage and other minority communities at Drew.


To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.