The University of Rochester’s School of Arts and Sciences invites faculty applications for the new director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies (FDI). We are looking for a dynamic leader who will guide intellectual pursuits in this field and, enhance the role and status of FDI, leading it to national prominence in research and teaching.
FDI brings together faculty and students from across academic disciplines to engage collaboratively on topics of shared interest in the study of the African diaspora; it is an interdepartmental program offering an undergraduate major and minor, a graduate certificate, and pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. FDI also contributes to academic programming on campus through lectures, conferences, and a film series. The new director will oversee these activities and will have the freedom to pursue new possibilities for FDI.
The successful candidate will be a tenured associate or full professor with a distinguished research profile in this field and excellent administrative and organizational skills. They will be expected to advocate for FDI, and champion African and African American studies in general, before the College administration and the University community. The director will work with School of Arts and Sciences administration and the Office of Advancement to develop additional resources.
The director will report to the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in consultation with an executive committee of faculty associates; they will also hold a faculty appointment in an associated humanities or social science department in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Candidates should submit the following application materials:
- Letter of application
- Curriculum vitae
- A two-to-three-page statement about the role of African and African American studies in academia in general and in the on-campus life of a university
- Names and contact information for three references; these individuals will not be contacted without permission
Please submit all materials online at www.rochester.edu/faculty-recruiting positions. Review of applications will begin December 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact the search committee at FDIdirectorsearch2018@rochester.edu.
The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.
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