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Director, African American Studies

The steering committee members for this search are listed below:

NameDepartmentTitleCommittee Position
Jane SouthworthGeographyChair and ProfessorChair
Patricia Hilliard NunnAfrican American StudiesSenior LecturerMember
Brenda ChalfinAfrican StudiesChair and ProfessorMember
Jon SensbachHistoryProfessorMember
Mary Ann Eaverly Department of ClassicsChairMember
Associate Dean and Professor Mary Watt is the Cognizant Associate Dean for this committee.

Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, November 19, 201911:00 AM – 1:30 PM2014H Turlington Hall
Thursday, December 19, 201910:00 AM – 11:00 AM 2014G Turlington Hall
Friday, January 10, 202010:30 AM – 12:30 PM 2014G Turlington Hall
Friday, January 24, 202010:30 AM – 12:30 PM2014G Turlington Hall
Friday, January 31, 202010:30 AM – 11:30 AM 2014G Turlington Hall


Three finalists for the position of Director of the African American Studies Program have been invited to campus for meetings. The finalists are:

March 9-10, 2020:

DR. JAKOBI WILLIAMS, Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies and History, Indiana University.

April 9-10, 2020:

DR. MARK ANTHONY NEAL, James B. Duke Professor and Chair, African and African American Studies and Professor, English, Duke University

April 16-17, 2020:

DR. DAVID CANTON, Director, Africana Studies Program and Associate Professor, History, Connecticut College

Due to COVID-19, the candidate visits scheduled in April are being held remotely, via Zoom.