JOB: Bucknell Postdoc in Africana Studies


Bucknell University: Arts & Sciences: Africana Studies
Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies

Location: Lewisburg, PA

The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to and will work closely with the chair of the Africana Studies program and the Director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies.

Bucknell Africana Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships support the development of recently-graduated scholars working in the arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies and/or post-colonial studies who are committed to the liberal arts and aspire to be distinguished teacher/scholars. We are particularly interested  in recent graduates from sectors of the population historically underrepresented in U.S. colleges and universities.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a field that contributes to African, Caribbean, Afro-Latino/a, and/or African-American studies, received no earlier than May 2012 and no later than August 15, 2017. Postdoctoral Fellows teach two courses per year in fields related to their research, advise and mentor undergraduate students, formally present their research in faculty fora once each semester of the fellowship, and work five hours a week on administrative and programming opportunities related to Africana Studies.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is for two academic years. Fellows are required to be in residence each semester. The Postdoctoral Fellowship award for 2017-19 includes an annual salary of $50,000, employee benefits, a research/travel fund of $3,000, and housing.

The successful candidate will have:
– Strong organizational and interpersonal abilities.
– Skill in and interest in teaching and advising students and interacting with staff, faculty, and alumni.
– An ability to manage autonomously.
– High degree of creativity and vision, as well as an ability to work collaboratively.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Demonstrated creativity, ability to solve problems strategically, and success in managing multiple projects.
– Interest in and enthusiasm for supporting the mission of a liberal arts institution through programmatic endeavors in Africana Studies.

To complete your application, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a 3-5 page description of the research project proposed for the fellowship years, a description of the undergraduate courses you would like to teach, a sample of published or unpublished writing on a topic related to the proposal, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications will only be accepted through Interfolio ByCommittee. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 15, 2016. Awards will be announced in spring 2017.

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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