Provost's Tenure-Track Fellow to Faculty Program, Contemporary African American History


The Department of History at The Ohio State University is excited to announce that in fall 2022 it will be accepting applications for the Provost’s Tenure-Track Fellow to Faculty Program. We aim to recruit a dynamic, early career historian whose research focuses on contemporary African American history from the 1970s to the present. We are especially interested in scholars whose work explores Black leadership, broadly defined. Candidates may specialize in any number of fields, including social movement history, urban history, the carceral state, women’s, gender and sexuality history, political history, environmental history, and the new history of capitalism. Appreciating the land-grant mission that drives The Ohio State University, it is also very important to us that the successful candidate have an ambition for public engagement, from collaborating with community groups to working with policy makers.

The Provost’s Tenure-Track Fellow to Faculty Program is an extraordinary opportunity for a newly minted Ph.D. During a two-year fellowship period, the new hire will receive generous research funding, one-on-one faculty mentoring, and additional career development support. To facilitate the development of a strong research profile, the fellow will not be required to teach. Following the two-year, tenure-track fellowship period, the hire will transfer immediately to the rank of assistant professor.

As an assistant professor, the new faculty member will work within and contribute to our department’s African American history curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to a new undergraduate major in leadership, in part by developing new courses on African American history since 1970. Generous research support, as well as robust career development support, will continue.

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Inquiries about the position may be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries at