Assistant Professor: African Studies

Denver, Colorado, United States

Job description

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary professional school that prepares students for careers in the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors. Our program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to design policies, implement programs, and realize outcomes that enhance human capabilities around the world. The Josef Korbel School has approximately 400 undergraduate majors, 300 MA students and 20 PhD students. The Josef Korbel School is committed to building a culturally diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational environment.

The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 11,700 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. DU is classified as a Doctoral/Research University with high research activity.

Position Summary

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of African Studies. We seek candidates with broad competence in African Studies and teaching and research interests in conflict, economics, development, gender, and/or human rights. Candidates with a record of successful peer-reviewed publishing and grant winning and an interest in the policy implications of their work are particularly encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from those at the assistant professor level who have teaching experience in an interdisciplinary program. The position will begin on September 1, 2018.

Diversity Statement, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students, staff and faculty. We value the diversity of backgrounds, ideas and individuals that enrich our community. By diversity, we include the broad range of identities that individuals and groups bring, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, class, language, culture, national origin, generation/age, ability, veteran status, documentation status, academic experience, and intellectual perspective. We also recognize a special responsibility to undertake particular efforts to include the participation and voices of those from historically underrepresented groups who have experienced systematic marginalization, oppression, and lack of access. Diversity and inclusivity, therefore, also entail a commitment to equity, to understanding that not all individuals have had the same opportunity of access, and a collective responsibility to try to make such access more equitable. In all of this, diversity alone is not the only goal; we also strive to hear, listen to, and incorporate all respectful and inclusive voices in our teaching, research, and service. Diversity and inclusivity must also be accompanied by the provision of resources and an openness to listening to and making space for new voices. We hold that embracing and supporting new perspectives, individuals, and ideas invigorates academic excellence and pushes our entire community forward in today’s rapidly changing global marketplace. As a school of international studies, within a university dedicated to the public good, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is critical for preparing and ensuring the success of the next generation of community and global practitioners, scholars, and leaders.

Essential Functions

Teach 4 courses per year and are able to contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a social science or equivalent
  • Teaching experience in at least two semester-long courses (or the equivalent in quarters)
  • Track record in research and publication

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in International Studies/Relations, Development Economics, or related field, with a specialization in Africa
  • Broad competence in African Studies and teaching and research interests in conflict, economics, development, gender, and/or human rights
  • Record of successful peer-reviewed publishing, grant-winning, and an interest in the policy implications of their work
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience working with diverse populations

Application Deadline

We will accept applications until the position is filled; processing of applications will begin Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

How to apply

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing sample
  • Statement of experience with creating diverse and inclusive research and teaching environments
  • Three referees provide letters or recommendation directly to Emily Hinga at:

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities. The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.