Assistant Professor of Education and Africana Studies

Connecticut College invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) with joint appointments in Education and Africana Studies with a start date of July 1, 2024. We seek a scholar engaged in critical approaches to the study of race and education in the U.S. as well as a scholar whose work contributes to Africana/Black Studies. We are open to disciplinary and methodological approach (e.g., sociology, anthropology, critical ethnography, critical quantitative), and to educational focus (e.g., P-12 schooling, higher education, community-based education).

The Department of Education is guided by commitments to critical inquiry and practice, and to supporting justice-centered, equitable educational opportunities across the P-20 continuum for all students, families, and communities. The department offers a major and a minor in Educational Studies that focuses broadly on the social foundations of education in the United States. Connecticut College does not have a teacher certification program.

Africana Studies represents a tradition of intellectual inquiry born from the Black freedom struggle and is thus fundamentally concerned with issues of slavery, colonialism, racism, and shifting notions of Blackness. It is a dynamic field at Connecticut College (founded as a program in 1986) that employs an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to cultural production and expression, historical investigation, and social and structural analysis in order to examine and understand the universal and particular experiences of Black people in Africa and throughout the African diaspora. The program offers a major and minor in Africana Studies. The search in Education and Africana Studies is one of two joint searches with Africana Studies this academic year with the other search in Philosophy and Africana Studies. The faculty hired in these positions will participate in the growth and development of the Africana Studies program at Connecticut College.

The tenure-home for this joint appointment will be Education. Tenure-track faculty members teach a 3-2 load (2-2 in the first year), which will be divided as three courses per year in Education and two courses per year in Africana Studies. In addition to providing ongoing strong support for teaching and research, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a supplementary research fund and a semester’s sabbatical at full salary after a successful third-year review. (For additional information on faculty resources, see

Candidates must have: (1) an earned doctorate or be ABD in Education or a related field (e.g., a sociologist of education who has a Ph.D. in Sociology or African American Studies) by the start date; (2) evidence of scholarly engagement with Africana/Black Studies; (3) evidence of successful teaching at the college or university level; (4) evidence of a commitment in professional practice to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Preferred qualifications: experience working in/with P-12 schools and/or community-based education.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following materials to Interfolio: (1) Curriculum Vitae; (2) Cover letter addressing all qualifications for the position, including a discussion of teaching and research experiences and interests; (3) Names of three references (letters will be requested for finalists).

Please direct questions to the search chair: Dr. Isaac Gottesman, Chair, Department of Education:

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. AA/EOE

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