Assistant Professor, Black Diaspora in North America and/or African American History

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The History Department offers history courses to undergraduate students in a variety of different geographical areas and periods, taught by our twelve faculty members. Our classes are writing and reading intensive with rigorous in-class discussions, and opportunities to participate in hands-on historical research, service-learning projects, and internships. Faculty and students appreciate the small class sizes and close relationships they develop. All of our 80-100 history majors are required to engage in a senior capstone project, a 25-30 page paper based on primary source research and integration of secondary source materials. This rigorous endeavor provides students with the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, a focused area of history. The History Department is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment, in keeping with DU’s full dedication to these same values.

Position Summary

The History Department at the University of Denver invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in the history of the Black Diaspora in North America, including the history of African American communities, period open. The start date is September 1, 2023. We are interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service. This includes candidates from historically underrepresented groups, those who have experience working with diverse student populations, and those with experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email and/or visit

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will teach a range of introductory- and upper-level courses to history majors and the undergraduate population at DU. The successful candidate will also guide undergraduate theses on a broad variety of topics related to the candidate’s field of expertise. The successful candidate will contribute service to the History Department, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the University. The successful candidate will maintain an active research agenda consistent with the bylaws of the History Department.

The History Department is proud that our major has grown significantly over the past decade. At the same time, we recognize that we can and need to do more to reach and serve individuals from historically excluded communities. We expect this position will require the successful hire to devote significant time to student advising, mentorship, and, possibly, student outreach. We want to assure candidates that advising and mentoring, like teaching and research, are viewed as central to the work of faculty in our department and are deemed as especially important for this position. The successful hire can expect significant early career Chair support and mentorship from senior colleagues in the department and in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD, with a Ph.D. in History, Africana Studies, American Studies, African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, or other relevant discipline required by August 31, 2023.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in History, Africana Studies, American Studies, African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, or other relevant discipline.
  • University teaching experience.
  • Experience working with students or individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Ability to sit or stand in front of a classroom for an extended period of time.
3. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Application Deadline
Applications received by October 21, 2022 will receive best consideration. Preliminary interviews will be in November.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $70,000-$85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Writing sample
4.Teaching portfolio (one to two page statement of teaching philosophy, three sample syllabi, and list of five proposed courses)
5. A statement describing how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contributes to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates can view DU’s DEI Strategic Plan here ( and/or the College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) DEI Strategic plan here (
6. Names of three references; reference letter requests will be sent through the online system.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

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