Assistant Professor – Public Health & Wellness, Louisiana State University

Position Type: Faculty

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

Work Location: 0337 William B. Hatcher Hall

Pay Grade: Academic


Job Description:

2024 African & African American Studies, Public Health & Wellness Search

One of the distinctive features of the Department of African & African American Studies (AAAS) at Louisiana State University is the study of the history, cultures, and religions in Louisiana and their connections to Africa and the Americas with an emphasis on racial disparities in health and wellness. To seize upon and expand this distinctiveness, AAAS seeks a Tenure-track Assistant Professor, whose research and teaching on racial disparities in health and wellness illuminates how indigenous African and diasporic ideas and practices, that are also present in African American populations of Louisiana, contribute to improved health outcomes and to closing the gap in health and wellness disparities. Of particular interest is a research engagement of official public health practices in Louisiana and how insights from African and diasporic cultures might serve as matters for research and service delivery.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of specialization and to work with the Chair and faculty to facilitate research relationships with LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center and local and state public health institutions.

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 Public Health, Anthropology, Africana Studies, and related disciplines. 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.

For questions regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact search committee co-chairs Jas Sullivan ( or Sarah Becker (

Posting Date: March 26, 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.