Dr. Patricia Hilliard Nunn Visiting Assistant Professor
African American Studies Program , University of Florida
February 9, 2024
Starting Date: 
August 16, 2024
Post date: December 11, 2023

The African American Studies Program at the University of Florida is conducting a search for the Dr. Patricia Hillard Nunn Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies, beginning August 16, 2024. This is a full-time, nine-month, time-limited, non-tenure-accruing position with a possibility of a one-year renewal for the 2024-25 academic year subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance. Dr. Hilliard Nunn served as a senior lecturer in the African American Studies Program and was a leader in African American community engagement in the Greater Gainesville Community.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the research, teaching, and service missions of the African American Studies Program and will have a 100% appointment in the program. The expected teaching assignment is two courses per semester. The applicant should be prepared to teach one of our required courses – Introduction to African American Studies and/or Key Issues in Black Atlantic Thought. Applicants should also be prepared to teach online. Applicants should also have an active research agenda and a desire to contribute to the scholarly development of the program. The area of specialty is open and broadly defined. Areas of interest include but are not limited to racial health inequities, carceral studies, urban studies, policy studies, or racial Blackness outside the U.S.

Established in 1969, the interdisciplinary African American Studies Program offers a major and minor with a diverse array of courses. The program recently hired new faculty with research interests in Black women's and motherhood studies, Black medical history, Black veterans’ history, transatlantic literature, the history of hip hop, slavery and girlhood studies, the middle passage, and race and sports. We are also one of the programs participating in the University of Florida's AI initiative, offering courses in race and technology and AI and social movements. More information about the program can be found at http://afam.clas.ufl.edu

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

  • Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.
  • Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.
  • Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, parental leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

Candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand at the time of hiring.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in African American Studies or in a related field is preferred.

Application Instructions 

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes: (1) a letter of application describing their interest in and qualifications for this position, (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and effectiveness, (4) teaching evaluations if available, and (5) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided.

After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested from the references from applicants who are chosen to receive further consideration.

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 9 and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Questions may be directed to Dr. Alyssa Cole, Chair of the Search Committee, at cole.alyssa@ufl.edu.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The African American Studies Program is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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