Assistant Professor, Digital Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the University of Michigan Digital Studies Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
December 7, 2018
Starting Date: 
September 2, 2019
Post date: December 3, 2018

BLACK DIGITAL STUDIES. The University of Michigan’s Department of African and African American Studies and Digital Studies Institute (pending Regents approval) seek qualified applicants for a jointly-appointed tenure-track assistant professor in black digital studies. We seek an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests and teaching experience in black digital cultural studies.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to implement a multidisciplinary approach rooted in critical digital studies.  Areas of specialization such as the black digital humanities, video game studies, Afrofuturism, and black social media are welcome.  The search committee will consider candidates who focus on any area within African and African Diaspora Studies as well as comparative and transnational frameworks.  The successful candidate will have teaching interests centered on helping students understand the aesthetic practices, social impact, and cultural use of digital technologies on Black social life. 

This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September, 2019. 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. 

Application material should be uploaded via the link provided:

Deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is December 7, 2018. 

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veterans’ status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

Application Instructions 

Applicants should provide: 

  • Cover letter addressed to Chair of the Black Digital Studies 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.

Review Begins: 
December 10, 2018

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