Director, African American Studies (University of Texas at El Paso)

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks a dynamic scholar and leader for the position of Director of African American Studies. Founded more than twenty years ago, African American Studies at UTEP offers a rich mix of programming linking students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the El Paso border region and beyond. This context provides exciting opportunities to explore the intersections of African American and Latina/o experiences and draw on UTEP’s important civil rights history.

The Director of African American Studies is a member of the UTEP College of Liberal Arts Chairs’ Council and has responsibility for leadership of the academic program and research activities associated with African American Studies. The Director generally teaches one course each semester and could also participate in UTEP PhD programs related to their scholarly and research interests. With staff assistance, the Director serves as an advisor for the UTEP Black Student Union and a mentor for many students enrolled in programs throughout the University. The Director works with the UTEP Black Alumni Network (UBAN) and with community partners to build support for African American Studies and address relevant social issues at UTEP and in the El Paso community. The Director and staff, working in collaboration with UTEP students, affiliated faculty, campus organizations and other University and community officials, sponsor a variety of events and activities throughout the year, including Black History Month programs, and initiate new avenues of engagement and outreach.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in African American Studies or a related academic disciplinary area, and possess a strong record of scholarship commensurate with an appointment as Professor or Associate Professor with Tenure in an appropriate UTEP academic department or program.   Demonstrable experience in serving in an administrative role, engaging in community outreach, and initiating and expanding a new program is highly desirable.

About UTEP and El Paso: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 23,000 students, close to 80% of whom are Latina/o and a majority of whom are the first in their families to attend a university. Ranked overall among the Top 10 universities in the nation by Washington Monthly and #1 for contributing to student social mobility, UTEP is dedicated to becoming the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic. The African American Studies program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, which is the largest college at the University. In addition to playing a major role in the delivery of the University Core Curriculum to all UTEP students, the College of Liberal Arts serves approximately 7,000 students with majors in 13 departments and 10 programs, including Women’s and Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Chicano Studies, Asian Studies and African American Studies.

Application procedures: To apply, applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, a recent publication related to the field, and names of three references with their complete contact information. Review of applications will begin April 11, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. Application materials, in one PDF file, should be emailed to: Dr. Maryse Jayasuriya, Search Committee Chair, at

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.