Washington University in St. Louis

Cluster Hire Focused on Race and Ethnicity Scholarship


Through the Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative, Washington University in St. Louis aims to build a world-class research program on race. Two previous rounds of this cluster hire initiative took place in 2020-21 and 2021-22.  We invite applications for open-rank tenured/tenure-track faculty positions across a range of fields, with a focus on the study of race and ethnicity.   The following departments and schools will be considering candidates for these positions:

  • African and African American Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History
  • Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Olin Business School
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Political Science
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts – College of Architecture
  • Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts – College of Art
  • School of Law
  • Brown School of Social Work

With such diverse disciplinary options amongst the schools and departments seeking to hire, candidates are encouraged to check the Initiative website for unit-specific opportunities and preferences — https://sites.wustl.edu/provost2020/2022-cluster-hire/. Candidates will specify the unit(s) for which they seek to be considered in the application portal.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in a field related to one or more of the units listed above, or else complete all degree requirements by July 1, 2023. Candidates must have an active and innovative research agenda focused on race and/or ethnicity and a commitment to excellent teaching. Candidates for the rank of associate or full professor should have an outstanding teaching, service, and publication record commensurate with tenure at that rank.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at Washington University in St. Louis. Strong candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive. Washington University especially encourages applications from women and members of minoritized groups.

Applications should be received by October 3, 2022, to ensure full consideration. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae by this date.  Additional materials may be requested upon initial review of applications, including a statement of research and teaching interests, a statement describing your commitment to and experiences with advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service, names and contact information for three references, and two writing samples.  These supporting documents should not be submitted at this time, however.  Applicants to the School of Law should apply using this link https://www.aals.org/recruitment/candidates/far-information/ or via email to lawappts@wustl.edu.  All other applications may be submitted electronically via this link http://apply.interfolio.com/111329.

If applicants have questions about the application process, they should contact Professor David Cunningham at david.cunningham@wustl.edu.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.