Cluster Hire for Study of the Americas Initiative


The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University seeks to hire a multidisciplinary group of faculty with a research-intensive focus on the transhistorical African Diaspora in the Americas. These faculty will join current faculty who contribute to the overall hemispheric studies emphasis of the college’s Americas’ Initiative, taking advantage of FAU’s unique location at the nexus of South America, North America and the Caribbean. The College seeks scholars wishing to engage with the diverse FAU student body, multicultural South Florida, community partners such as the Spady Museum, Fort Lauderdale African American LibraryPerez Art Museum, UM Cuban Heritage Collection, among others, and institutional exchange programs in the Americas, Africa and Europe. Given FAU’s status as a Hispanic Serving Institution, research and teaching intersections with Latin American and Latinx cultural, social and artistic histories are also welcome.

Specializations may include but are not limited to historical approaches to Africana studies; the study of Africana cultural productions, critical race theory, decoloniality, national identities, migrations, Afrolatinx studies, multicultural interactions in the digital age, emerging technologies and new media, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, among others. Candidates are expected to teach courses in the areas of their specialization, while working on interdisciplinary teams to advance a distinctive scholarly agenda with the aspiration of establishing a Center for the Study of Diaspora and Migration in the Americas. Scholars will have opportunities to mentor graduate students in their home departments, across disciplines, and in our college-wide interdisciplinary PhD program and in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies' MA program and undergraduate certificate, the Ethnic Studies Certificate program, the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Certificate program, among others. Participating faculty will also have access to our University’s Peace, Justice and Human Rights platform for additional research and programing support. Collaborative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary extramural grant opportunities will be encouraged with internal seed grants, robust institutional grant-writing support, and post-award administrative assistance.

University Facts

  • FAU has over 30,000 students from all 50 states and over 180 countries, 21 intercollegiate teams, and 180 plus degree programs.
  • For the third year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has included Florida Atlantic University on the list of the most ethnically diverse universities in the United States.
  • For the first time in the University’s history, U.S. News & World Report  ranked Florida Atlantic University in its list of “Top Public Schools” in the nation, landing at No.140 in the annual ranking of the nation’s best universities.
  • FAU placed No. 45 on U.S. News & World Report's Social Mobility ranking. This distinct ranking is computed using graduation rates of students receiving Pell grants and includes both public and private national universities.
  • FAU had $62 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2019.

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