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Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor in African American and African Diaspora History
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Feb. 26, 2024
Title Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor in African American and African Diaspora History
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Department Humanities & Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Ethnic/Multicultural Studies
    African American Studies

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor in African American and African Diaspora History


Humanities & Arts Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Humanities and Arts Department invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor in African American and African Diaspora History for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in August 2024. We especially invite scholars working on the United States and the Americas, in any period, deploying transregional, international, comparative, and/or global perspectives and methods. We are particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated record of teaching who can contribute to the department's thematic areas of focus in Africana Studies; gender, sexuality, and women's studies; and/or histories of science, technology, and medicine.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Job responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching 6 courses and 2 capstone inquiry seminars in History and International and Global Studies.


  • Ph.D. in History, American Studies, or African American Studies is preferred; terminal degree in another relevant fields considered.
  • Candidates should have earned their PhD by August 15.
  • A track record of successful classroom teaching at the university level.
  • The ability to work creatively and collaboratively across disciplines with faculty, staff, and students of various experience levels.

As part of your initial application, please submit:

  • A cover letter that describes your interests, values, and practices as a scholar and teacher.
  • Current CV including academic, teaching, and professional experience.
  • The names and contact information of at least three references.

We will ask for letters of reference, a scholarly writing sample, and teaching portfolio for short-listed candidates only.

Application review will begin on March 15, 2024, and continue until filled. We anticipate concluding this search by May 15, 2024. The university is not able to offer visa support for this position.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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