Open-Rank Faculty Position in Race and Science

Open-Rank Faculty Position in Race and Science
Race and Difference Initiative
Emory University

Emory University seeks nominations and applications for an open-rank faculty
position — tenured or tenure-track — with research interests in Race and
Science. We recognize the importance of complex and critical examinations of
the social, political and ethical challenges raised by the use and misuse of
concepts of race in the sciences.  We are interested in scholars whose work
bridges the sciences and the humanities and investigates socio-political
concepts of race as they historically and currently have intersected with,
and been constituted by, the biological sciences, medicine, and health more
generally. This new position will be located in the department(s)
appropriate to the successful candidate’s research interests and background.

 While preference will be given to senior scholars, we will consider
applicants at all ranks. In addition to playing a leadership role in his or
her home department(s), the successful candidate is expected to work closely
with Emory University’s university-wide strategic initiative on Race and
Difference. This Initiative seeks to promote understanding of and generate
new knowledge about race and other intersecting forms of human difference.

 This new position will work closely with the leadership of the Race and
Difference Initiative (RDI) to support the development of new research,
campus programs, and undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on all
aspects of race and difference. Candidates should have a distinguished
academic reputation, demonstrated teaching and mentoring skills and an
interest in or record of external funding (PhD or other terminal degree
required).  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Emory
University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively
encourages applications from minority and women scholars. Please mail
applications or nominations to: Co-Director, Race and Difference Initiative,
Professor Dorothy A. Brown, Emory University, Gambrell Hall, 1301 Clifton
Road, Atlanta, GA 30322-2770.   Interested applicants should submit a letter
of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three recommenders.  Review
of applications will begin on February 1, 2011.  Preliminary inquiries may
be directed to RDI co-director Amanda Lewis (

About Emory University:
Emory University is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged and diverse
community whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in
the world through teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social
action. The university is recognized internationally for its outstanding
liberal arts college, superb professional schools (including top medical,
nursing and public health schools), and one of the Southeast’s leading
health care systems.

Emory maintains an uncommon balance for an institution of its standing: it
generates more research funding than any other Georgia university while
maintaining its traditional emphasis on teaching. The university is enriched
by the legacy and energy of Atlanta and by strong collaborations among its
schools, units, and centers, as well as with affiliated area institutions.
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta in the tree-lined suburban
neighborhood of Druid Hills, Emory University is positioned along the
Clifton Corridor, which also includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
One of Atlanta’s largest private employers, Emory University employs over
11,000 staff and faculty to support the University’s 11,300 students and its
nine major academic divisions, numerous centers for advanced study, and a
host of prestigious affiliated institutions.

Emory is among the top 20 universities in the country and is internationally
recognized for its academics, groundbreaking research and technological
advances with staff, faculty and students representing all regions of the
United States and more than 100 foreign nations.
Founded at Oxford by the Methodist Church in 1836, Emory University is
currently led by President James W. Wagner. This is a time of dynamic change
on campus where the future is being guided by an ambitious strategic plan,
Where Courageous Inquiry Leads.

About Emory’s Race & Difference Initiative:
The Race and Difference Initiative (RDI) is an institution-wide effort to
transform Emory into a destination university, internationally recognized
for research, teaching, and public dialogue on race and other intersecting
dimensions of human difference.  RDI represents a strategic investment by
Emory University to understand and address the complexity of the human
condition and human experience in a pluralistic, democratic society.
 Specifically, RDI seeks to advance the understanding of these forms of
human difference (race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality) and to
generate new knowledge about them, in particular the way they intersect in
our complex and rapidly diversifying society.  RDI works to achieve this
goal by connecting a network of scholars and students within and beyond the
university in an interdisciplinary dialogue.  RDI draws upon Emory’s
scholarly strengths in interdisciplinary inquiry, the strong relationships
between its various schools and colleges, and the university’s distinctive
place in Atlanta (a key site of the historic civil rights movement).  These
strengths uniquely equip Emory with the capacity to create the conditions
for faculty and students to imagine and explore alternative frameworks as
well as to set new and daring intellectual agendas in the sciences and
humanities.  We are especially interested in how social differences
intersect at the level of individual identity, and also how these systems of
social distinction shape modes of knowing, processes of inclusion and
exclusion, acts of representation, and organizational practices.  Our view
is that by encouraging and supporting rigorous, innovative, and courageous
inquiry about race and difference within Emory’s schools and colleges, we
can make vital advances in knowledge that not only change the way we
understand the world but also our engagement with it.  For more information
see the RDI website –

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