LSU: Assistant Professor – African & African American Studies

Louisiana State University 

Job Posting Title:

Assistant Professor

Position Type:



African and African American Studies

Work Location:

0135 Howe Russell Kniffen Geoscience E & W

Job Description:

The Department of African & African American Studies (AAAS) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, seeks a scholar of African Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022 for a nine-month, tenure-track position.  All regional foci and disciplinary/methodological approaches are welcome

Teaching responsibilities include existing undergraduate courses such as Contemporary Africa, African Literature, and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization. The teaching load is 2-2.  The new hire will be joining the department at a particularly pivotal moment in our history. After more than 20 years as a program, AAAS was promoted to department status in Jan 2021.We seek a scholar who is motivated, innovative, and ready to join a community of committed researchers and teachers as we continue to build our department and grow our presence on campus.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in African Studies, Africana Diasporic Studies, or a related field.  An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is November 30, 2021.

Questions regarding the application and position can be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Ruth Moon and Dr. Mark Schaefer at

Open until filled.


The mission of AAAS is to promote critical thinking and challenge students to attain the highest levels of intellectual achievement and personal development through the study of ideas, practices, theories and experiences of Africans, African Americans, and other diasporic communities.  To fulfill our mission, AAAS is comprised of a visionary and diverse faculty whose work commands a range of expertise and focuses on history, ethnicity, and gender, social, cultural, political, religious, and literary studies. Our faculty’s commitment to excellence supports AAAS’ vision to foster an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for our students.  In addition, we are committed to addressing social injustices and promoting community engagement.

Toward these ends, our department offers a B.A. as well as a minor and a graduate minor.  Since its inception, AAAS has taken innovative steps to ensure that our students’ academic and civic goals and needs are met. This entails organizing and sponsoring events that involve the participation of surrounding communities. Furthermore, we work tirelessly to recruit the brightest and the best from our communities and to support student scholarship.


Special Instructions:

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications, a CV, sample publication, a list of three references, and a one-page diversity statement highlighting how your commitment to diversity shows up in your research, teaching, and service.

A copy of your transcripts(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.

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