Assistant Professor - Africana, Gender, and Identity Studies #2021-0021

Date Posted
November 20, 2020
Job Description

Ohio Wesleyan University is excited to grow its newly created interdisciplinary Department of
Africana, Gender, and Identity Studies with a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant
Professor. We seek applicants who bring to their teaching and research an intersectional lens
focused on issues of race, ethnicity, and class in the U.S.  The area of specialization is open, but we
are interested in candidates who hold an interdisciplinary Ph.D. (e.g. in African American Studies,
American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, or a related interdisciplinary
field). Candidates are expected to contribute courses that can be cross-listed in an Arts or
Humanities discipline.

The successful applicant will teach three courses per semester at the introductory and advanced
levels; cultivate meaningful mentoring relationships with students; create experiential learning
opportunities as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s signature program, The OWU Connection; and maintain a
productive research agenda. We also seek an engaged and visionary partner invested in shaping the
development of this new interdisciplinary department and contributing to the intellectual life of the
university. We encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or first-generation candidates to apply, as well as
individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations, first-generation students,
and students from low-income backgrounds.

Ohio Wesleyan University has recently announced an antiracism and diversity, equity, and inclusion
action plan. Our college is committed “to prepare students to become engaged citizens and leaders
who support equity, diversity, and inclusion for Black, African American, Latinx, indigenous, and
other marginalized populations wherever injustice exists.” The Department of Africana, Gender,
and Identity Studies is committed to supporting these institutional goals and providing its students
with a variety of perspectives, mentors, and role models. This job is part of a cluster of positions
with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its curriculum and faculty. This faculty cohort
will join an educational community that values equity and interdisciplinarity  and fosters close
working relationships with students through the OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be
provided with mentoring, professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with
faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA consortia, For more information about the cluster, please visit For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment
to anti-racism, please visit http;// 

To apply, please send materials to and put 2021-0021 in the subject line.
Applicants must submit a (1) a cover letter; that includes a statement of their research interests,
courses that they would be interested in teaching, and in which they address their qualifications for
close interaction between faculty and students in a collaborative setting and interest in mentoring
undergraduate students; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) three letters of reference; (4) statement of
teaching philosophy (5) a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement in which candidates discuss
addressing how they will help to address issues of racial disparity and mentor students from
marginalized groups, first-generation students, backgrounds, and students from low-income
backgrounds on campus through their teaching and mentorship; (6) evidence of teaching ability,
including evaluations when available; (7) official graduate school transcripts. Review of applications
will begin on January 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be
directed to The appointment is expected to start in August of 2021.
Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selective residential liberal
arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world. 

The college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge
across disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their
knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives
and was recently listed as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and
World Report.  OWU is located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town just 30 minutes from
Columbus, the 14th most populous city in the United States and part of the fastest growing, most
economically vibrant areas of the Midwest.  Columbus was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10
U.S. cities in which to launch your career.
To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus
community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color,
gender identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic
status, religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and
seeks applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to
diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

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