Cornell University, Africana Studies & Research Center

Position ID:Cornell-Africana Studies & Research Center-AARM [#23363, WDR-00033952]
Position Title: African and African American Religious Studies and/or Music of the African Diaspora
Position Type:Open Rank
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: African American Studies / African American Studies
Black Studies
Religious Studies / African American Studies, African Diaspora, American Religion, Buddhist Studies, Islam, Judaism
Africana Studies / Africana Studies
Appl Deadline:2022/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/10/19, listed until 2022/12/21)
Position Description:    

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As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine and booster or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

For additional information on Cornell's Vaccination/Booster Compliance Program click here.

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to authorize one open-rank search in the Africana Studies and Research Center (ASRC) at Cornell University with a starting date of July 1, 2023, for a scholar working in one or across the following fields: African and African American Religious Studies and/or Music of the African Diaspora . We welcome applications for a tenure- track appointment at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor from candidates working on Africana religion, theology, spiritual practices, and/or music of Africa and the African Diaspora. Areas in Religious studies might focus on faith traditions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism; African diaspora spiritual traditions as practiced in the Caribbean, Latin America and North America. Topics might include the Black sermonic tradition, liberation theology/the Black radical tradition, Africana feminist/womanist theology, the protest and activist tradition in Black churches, institutions and organizations, spirituality and revivalism in the Caribbean and the reinterpretation of traditional African religions in the Americas. Connections to studies of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexuality, disability, as well as teaching and research projects anchored in local community and public sphere engagement. In music, topics might include the study of musicology, music theory, music- making and performance and sound, spirituals, gospel and hip-hop genres and Black popular culture, and Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin diaspora traditions informed by a range of interdisciplinary approaches and methods and drawing on history, philosophy and ethnography, as well as the digital arts and humanities, with a grounding on public engagement in campus and community.

Applicants should be prepared to design courses and deliver instruction to graduate and undergraduate students on a 2-2 teaching load and to contribute to the department’s curriculum’s development and design, and cordially engage with students, staff and faculty working across a range of disciplines on campus. We encourage applications from candidates with track records of engagement with their respective fields of expertise from an Africana perspective.

Applicants must have a PhD in hand when the appointment begins in the fall of 2023.

Application Instructions: Applicants must apply online through Academic Jobs Online ( and complete applications must include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) a research statement 4) a teaching statement 5) an article or chapter-length writing sample, 6) Three Letters of reference, 7) Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (

Applications should be received by November 15, 2022.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Africana Studies and Research Center
310 Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850