Tenure-track Position in African Diasporic Music and Sound Cultures


Tenure-track position in African Diasporic music and sound cultures
The Departments of African American Studies and Performance Studies at Northwestern University invite applications to fill a tenure-track position in African Diasporic music and sound cultures at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor, to begin September 1, 2018.

Applicants at the assistant level must possess or supply evidence that all requirements for the degree will be completed by August 1, 2018. We seek a scholar with teaching and research interests in African diasporic musical forms and sound cultures, particularly as they intersect with political and social aspects of the black experience. The departments are particularly interested in scholars whose work engages critical race studies and performance studies, broadly defined. The applicant’s area of specialty is open. A Ph.D. in music studies, ethnomusicology, performance studies, or cognate area is preferred. While we are also open to various methodological approaches—i.e., historical, ethnographic, theoretical—an applicant who is also a practitioner would be particularly welcomed. The position will be a joint appointment between African American Studies within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Performance Studies within the School of Communication.

In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful applicant should demonstrate excellence in teaching and a willingness to advise and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students. The applicant should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in her or his research area in addition to core courses in both departments, particularly survey courses and courses on research methods, as both departments have top-ranked graduate programs.

The incoming scholar would also have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary initiatives across the campus, especially the Black Arts Initiative and the Sound Arts and Cultures undergraduate and graduate programs. Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission at the following link


Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample of no more than 25 pages or article length manuscript, and three letters of recommendation (submitted separately). For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 1, 2017. Inquiries about the search may be sent to afas@northwestern.edu. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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