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Cluster Hire in African American Life and Culture

The College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State is pleased to announce openings for a cluster hire in African American life and culture. This is an open-rank search. Appointments may be made in African American studies, English, philosophy, political science, or sociology. Both tenured and tenure track appointments will be made, and some positions will have opportunities for joint appointments between African American studies and another department.

Our outstanding faculty have brought our departments and graduate programs to national leadership positions. We are proud that so many of our departments ranked among the top ten of their peers in the last National Research Council rankings.  Our graduate students study and work with the nation's top scholars in many fields, gain teaching experience, and are well prepared for the job market when they graduate. Our faculty are engaged teachers, providing a first class education to our 8000 undergraduate majors and 1500 graduate students.  Our goal is nothing less than to make the College the premier institution for study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

The College looks to strengthen our curriculum and research expertise in the study of race and ethnicity. We are looking for scholars who are excited to work with other members of the cohort and our existing faculty to achieve those goals.

Applicants should apply for one of the following positions at https://psu.jobs/:

  1. African American or African Diaspora studies: https://psu.jobs/job/80308
  2. Philosophy: https://psu.jobs/job/80308
  3. Political science: link tba
  4. Sociology and criminology: link tba

We encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Penn State, Harvard team up to enhance science education for minority students

"Finding Your Roots," an innovative new curriculum that utilizes personalized genealogy and genetics to teach science and health to disadvantaged and minority students, based on Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s acclaimed PBS documentary series of the same name, received two major external grants: a $355,000 funding grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for “Genetics and Genealogy Summer Camps for Middle School-Aged Youth” and a $304,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a companion program at the college level, “Personalized Genetics and Genealogy Exercises to Enhance Introductory Biology Courses." Leading the curriculum working group are Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and Nina Jablonski, the Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology at Penn State. Full story...

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