Director of the Africana Research Center at Pennsylvania State University

Director of the Africana Research Center at Pennsylvania State University 

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Africana Research Center (ARC). The position is to be filled at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, effective July 1, 2018. The mission of the ARC is to encourage and support research and scholarship on Africa and its diaspora. This work includes but is not limited to providing seed grants for research; sponsoring and organizing lectures, panels, and cultural events; running an undergraduate research symposium; and managing a postdoctoral fellows program. For more detail on this mission and on the specific initiatives it has inspired, please visit The Director should be prepared not just to oversee the center’s current programs and initiatives, but also to work toward building an enterprise that is consistent with the College’s aspirations to national leadership and international recognition. The Dean is prepared to invest in a responsibly ambitious plan for enhancing the center’s reputation and increasing its influence and impact. The Director will lead an interdisciplinary research initiative with existing and potential partnerships across the college and the university. Accordingly, applicants should have scholarly credentials commensurate with a senior appointment at a major research university, significant administrative experience (or compelling evidence of administrative potential), and a demonstrated facility with collaborative leadership. The precise area of scholarly specialization is open, but the successful candidate must be conversant with and open to African diasporic and critical race theoretic forms of inquiry, and should be able to align with and build on the College’s great strengths in social science research. 

The director’s tenure home will most likely be in African American studies or African studies, with the possibility of a joint appointment in one or more other units. The appointment carries with it the obligation of contributing to the research, teaching, and service missions of the home unit.  Interested parties should submit a formal letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references by October 31, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Apply online at

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