Assistant Professor – African & African American Studies, Louisiana State University

Position Type: Faculty

Department: LSUAM HSS – IA – African and African American Studies (Stephen C Finley (00011699))

Work Location: W0135 Howe Russell Kniffen West Geoscience Complex

Pay Grade: Academic

Job Description:

The Department of African & African American Studies (AAAS) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, seeks a scholar of African Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2024 for a nine-month, tenure-track position. All regions and time periods will be considered for research specializations, but we are particularly interested in scholars who have expertise in African and African Diaspora Intellectual Thought and Literature.  Teaching responsibilities include existing undergraduate courses, such as Contemporary Africa, African Literature, African Diaspora Intellectual Thought, and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of specialization.

A comprehensive, doctoral, high-research activity university situated in the Capitol City, Louisiana State University enrolls over 30,000 students and offers the opportunity for undergraduates to major or minor in African & African American Studies and graduate students from any of the university’s graduate programs to purse a Graduate Minor in Africana Studies.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in African Studies, Africana Diasporic Studies, or a related field.  An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.


AAAS’ mission is to promote critical thinking and challenge students to attain the highest levels of intellectual achievement and personal development through the study of ideas, practices, theories and experiences of Africans, African Americans, and other diasporic communities.  To fulfill our mission, AAAS is comprised of a visionary and diverse faculty, whose work commands a range of expertise and focuses on history, ethnicity, and gender, social, cultural, political, religious, and literary studies. Our faculty’s commitment to excellence supports AAAS’s mission to be the center of Africana Studies excellence in our region and nation.  In addition, we are committed to addressing social injustices and promoting community engagement.

Toward these ends, our department offers a B.A. as well as a minor and Graduate Minor.  Since its inception, AAAS has taken innovative steps to ensure that our students’ academic and civic goals and needs are met. This entails organizing and sponsoring events that involve the participation of surrounding communities. Furthermore, we work tirelessly to recruit the brightest and the best from our communities and to support student scholarship.

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications, a CV, sample publication, a list of three references, and a one-page diversity statement highlighting how your commitment to diversity shows up in your research, teaching, and service.

Please attach all documents under the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Attachments are limited to five.

A copy of your transcripts(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.

For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact search committee chair Helen Regis at

Posting Date: March 25, 2024

Additional Position Information:

Background Check – An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits – LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Positions approved to work outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University’s partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.

LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and SAME Agency:

LSU is designated as a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency and provides assistance to persons needing accommodations or with the accessibility of materials. For those seeking such accommodations or assistance related to this search, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (

HCM Contact Information:

For questions or concerns related to updating your application with attachments (e.g., resumes, RS:17 documents), date of birth, or reactivating applications, please contact the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or email  For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact the department using the information provided in the Special Instructions section of this job posting.