Tenured Associate Professor and Director of Black Studies

Faculty Boston, Massachusetts


The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Suffolk University invites applications for a full-time, tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor to serve as Director of the Black Studies Program, beginning in Fall 2024. The position will be based in a CAS Humanities or Social Science department with a 2/2 undergraduate course load. 

We seek teacher scholars with an interdisciplinary and imaginative research and teaching portfolio, whose work demonstrates broad interdisciplinary grounding in Black Studies.  Candidates specializing in any discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences in any period or sub-field or methodology are encouraged to apply. The Director of Black Studies leads development of curriculum, programs and events, oversees advising for the Black Studies minor and, fosters relationships with community partners in the city of Boston to advance opportunities for our diverse student body, especially experiential learning and community engagement opportunities, both signature features of a Suffolk education.   

To lead the reinvigoration of the Black Studies Program, reimagined for the 21st century student, the successful candidate will build on the work of the Black Studies program, founded in 1993, to  expand partnerships with students, staff, and faculty across many departments, and with local non-profit institutions such as the African Meeting House, the Museum of African American History on Beacon Hill, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), Embrace Boston, the Boston Art and Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest), among other important cultural organizations in Boston and the Greater Boston area. An active network of Suffolk Black alumni (SUBAN) will support the Director’s work.   

The successful candidate will contribute to a rich tradition of community-engaged teaching and experiential education that prepares our diverse, substantially first-generation college students –40% of whom are Pell-eligible–for careers and civic engagement. We seek someone who is committed to inclusive pedagogy and curricular diversity, mentoring and advising students–especially first generation college students–as well as conducting impactful research.   

At Suffolk, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence, and they are woven into the university’s very fabric. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service, and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.   

We have been providing access to and expanding opportunities for under-represented groups for more than a century. This mission is lived through our decisions at every level. U.S. News ranked Suffolk University among the top 100 universities in the country for social mobility. Suffolk was also listed 14th nationally in percentage of international students. Through student, faculty and staff recruitment and support, community engagement, curriculum development, and research, the University community works to advance equity for every student, every day. Learn more about how we manifest the core values of our mission at Suffolk DEI.  

A complete submission will include a cover letter; CV, research writing sample; statement of teaching philosophy; two sample syllabi for proposed courses; student course evaluations; and contact information for three professional references. A Ph.D. in a Humanities or Social Science discipline is required.  

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, the University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.