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Tenure-track Position in African and African American Studies

Berea College, the alma mater of Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1903), announces a full-time, tenure-track position in the African and African American Studies Department to begin in August 2023. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in either African American Studies, Africana Studies, Pan-African Studies, or a related field. This position carries a 3/3 teaching load. The successful candidate will have specialization(s) in the areas of Womanist Theory and/or Popular Culture, such as Hip-Hop or Film.

The successful candidate will show evidence of teaching excellence, an established scholarly trajectory, and a proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty across campus. ABD candidates will be considered, but they must have completed their doctoral program by August 2023. Successful candidates will, through their teaching, scholarship, and service, demonstrate a commitment to building a diverse community. Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in Womanist Theory, an introductory course in Popular Culture, an upper-division course in an area of the faculty member’s interests, and participation in the College’s General Education Program. Berea seeks faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching in a liberal arts environment, invested in scholarship and their discipline, dedicated to mentoring students, and are supportive of Berea’s core mission.

Applicants should submit the following six items: (1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) teaching evaluations from two recent courses with two sample syllabi; (5) a one-page research statement; and (6) three letters of recommendation. Applicants should also complete and submit the Faculty Application available at along with other materials. Review of materials will begin October 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1855, Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 43 states and U.S. territories and more than 70 countries. Berea College admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $178,000. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to attend college. As one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students are expected to work 10-12 hours weekly in various positions across campus. Berea College was again named one of the nation’s “Best Institutions for Undergraduates to Earn their College Degree” in the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 387 Colleges. Berea also appeared on four other lists within the publication: Best Colleges in the Southeast; Best Value Colleges; Best Green Colleges; and Tuition Free Schools. Berea College is ranked #148 by The Princeton Review–the highest-ranked Kentucky college, and the #3 “Best Value College” in the nation. Berea is one of only two private institutions ranked in the Top 10 for Value in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 College Rankings. The Washington Monthly ranks Berea College #13 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges, recognizing Berea for maintaining “consistently high rankings thanks to their economic diversity, relatively strong graduation rates, and commitment to meeting students’ financial need.” U.S. News and World Report Rankings lists Berea as #30 among National Liberal Arts Colleges, including ranking Berea #1 in Service Learning, #2 for Most Innovative Schools, #3 in Co-ops/Internships, #4 in First-year Experiences, and tied for #13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000)lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.