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Black Studies: Building on a Proud Tradition

Black Studies faculty search nearing completion

A nationwide search for up to two new tenure-track faculty members in the Black Studies Department is on schedule to be completed by April 10, according to the search committee.

There have been more than 80 applications of interest in the position. The search committee narrowed the pool to a group of semi-finalists who were interviewed via Skype, and four finalists have been invited for on-campus interviews to take place on March 9, 11, 14, and 28.

The search committee (which includes two current students) and acting search chair plan to meet and discuss the candidates soon after their visits. At that time, a recommendation will be made to College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean Laura Barrett. The dean, in consultation with Interim Provost Stella Deen, will make an offer the week of April 1. The hope is that a hire(s) should be complete by April 10. The successful candidates will join the campus in fall 2016.

The search for up to two new full-time professors commenced on Dec. 9, 2015, after the Black Studies Department experienced an unprecedented near-simultaneous departure of four faculty members. Funding for the vacated positions remains in the department’s budget, with the goal of refilling them with full-time, tenure-track faculty. A strategy for filling the vacancies was developed with guidance from an External Review Report of the department that was submitted in May 2015.