Assistant Professor of African American Studies
African American Studies Program, Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)
November 25, 2020
Starting Date: 
August 20, 2021
Post date: October 20, 2020

LAKE FOREST COLLEGE invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor (PhD) or Instructor (ABD) of African American Studies, beginning August 2021. We seek applicants with a PhD in African American Studies or a closely related discipline. We are most interested in candidates with a specialization in contemporary African American politics, political theory, and /or race and public policy. Essential courses for this position are fourfold: (1) AFAM 110: Introduction to African American Studies, (2) 200- and 300-level courses in African American Studies suitable for African American Studies majors and minors and general education curriculum support for our “Domestic Pluralism” requirement, (3) an as needed 400-level senior seminar in African American Studies, and (4) a desire to teach in our First-Year Studies program (FIYS). Course offerings in other areas are welcome, based on the candidate’s interests and expertise, as is willingness to contribute to other programs on campus, such as Legal Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Social Justice, Environmental Studies, Cinema Studies, etc. The teaching load is three courses per semester (introductory to advanced undergraduate) with the usual non-teaching duties, including special course work such as tutorials, research projects, and senior theses.

Lake Forest College’s African American Studies major is organized thematically with courses in literature, history, and philosophy and supported by rich and very diverse elective offerings. For more information on our program, see:

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries. Lake Forest is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic minority and international students. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Application Instructions 

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references no later than November 25, 2020 to for priority consideration. Selected candidates will be asked to provide additional materials. Review of candidates will continue until positions are filled. We will be interviewing via Zoom.

Review Begins: 
October 20, 2020

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