College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences Diversity & Inclusion Cluster Hire Initiative


To instantiate our values of Access, Equity, and Diversity, the UNCW College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is launching a cluster hire initiative in the areas of Africana Studies, Race, Racial Inequality, and Social Justice. We seek to build a network of researchers, scholars, and artists that will support the ongoing work in which we are engaged and to set a path forward as we grow these areas of critical study into regional and national strengths. This initiative is part of a larger set of coordinated diversity and inclusion initiatives within the UNCW Division of Academic Affairs.

To this latter point, this hiring initiative is aligned with several strategic priorities at UNCW, including efforts to attract and retain high-quality, diverse students, faculty and staff; ensure an inclusive campus culture and a global mindset; enhance applied learning; advance research and scholarly activities; organize and capitalize on key partnerships, campus strengths and employee interests to increase community, regional and global impact and enrich the student experience; and incentivize, support, recognize and reward community/scholarly engagement activities by students, faculty and staff.

Faculty hired as part of this initiative will serve as faculty members within existing departments/programs connected to their specific discipline and will also form a cohort of scholars to contribute to our interdisciplinary minor in Africana Studies as well as be an integral part of building and supporting our planned interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies. Given our commitment to community engagement and engaged scholarship we seek to appoint faculty who are deeply imbedded in the communities they study.

The College of Arts and Sciences will be searching in the following areas in 2020-2021 for appointments commencing in the 2021-2022 academic year:

CriminologyOpen rank faculty appointment

Film StudiesAssistant Professor

African American Public HistoryAssistant Professor

Social PsychologyAssistant Professor 

Religious StudiesAssistant Professor

SociologyAssistant Professor

As this is a mult-year initiative, other hires may be added for this and future hiring cycles.

Through hiring in this cluster, CAS intends to foster a strong sense of community, mutual support, and mentorship that will aid in the development and retention of all current and future UNCW faculty. By encouraging a strong cohort of faculty to engage across the CAS as well as across all UNCW colleges and schools, all faculty, staff, and students will benefit from and be made better by our commitment to access, equity, and diversity.