Position Opening: Associate/Full Professor in African American Studies

As a primary objective of the institution’s new strategic plan, the College of Charleston is building an African American Studies program as befits its unique location and the history of the Carolina Lowcountry.  Working with key institutional partners, including the Avery Research Center and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World as well as the 16 affiliated faculty, and pending final approval, the program expects to launch a new major in African American Studies in Fall 2013 to accompany an existing and successful minor.
The African American Studies Program invites applications for an experienced full-time faculty member in African American Studies to begin August 16, 2013. We seek an academic leader who has achieved national distinction as a scholar and teacher meriting a tenured appointment at the rank of associate professor or higher. The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in African American Studies or a related discipline and will teach exclusively in African American Studies.  Area of specialization is open, but preference may be given to applicants with scholarly and teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas, as they relate to African American history and culture:  art, art history, music, ethnomusicology, or performance studies.  The minimum salary for this position is $80,000. The teaching load is 3/3; demonstrated teaching ability and an active research agenda is required. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, letters from three academic referees, and a short writing sample (no more than 20 pages) by October 26, 2012 to: Dr. Conseula Francis, African American Studies, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424.
The College of Charleston is a selective institution with a strong liberal arts and sciences tradition located in historic downtown Charleston, SC.  Founded in 1770, the College has a rich history with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students.  The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We welcome applications from women and minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s teaching and research missions.  Screening begins on October 26, 2012 and continues until the position is filled.

CofC and The Citadel Announce 2012 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year Finalists

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are pleased to announce the three finalists of the 2012 South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year!:

Martha Gadsden, Berkeley High School (Moncks Corner)
Erin R. Gilreath, Dutch Fork High School (Irmo)
Chrystal Hepler, West Ashley High School (Charleston)

The 2012 winner will be announced and recognized during the official awards ceremony on November 8 at 7:00pm at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Botswanan Success

Check out this interesting article on Botswana’s new diamond cutting and polishing industry.


25 Students Study Summer Abroad in Trujillo, Spain

Professors Daniel Delgado and Carl Wise accompanied 25 students to the medieval town of Trujillo, Spain for the Summer in Spain 2012 program. This program is one of the oldest programs at the College of Charleston and offers a great opportunity to experience total immersion in the Spanish culture. For 6 weeks, students lived with Spanish families and experienced first-hand local life in Trujillo and made life-long friendships with new Spanish friends.

The program offers the best of Spain – students live in a charming medieval town while also experiencing Spain’s most vibrant cities such as Seville and Madrid to discover their rich histories and cultures.

During the trip, students studied Spain’s different historic cultures by visiting the Roman ruins in Merida, Islamic architectural wonders like the Alhambra and the Mosque of Cordoba, the Jewish Temple in Toledo, and Segovia Castle where the Spanish monarchs ruled the largest empire in history.

For the academic side, students studied in the medieval monastery La Coria and took classes in Spanish language, culture, and history. The opportunity of living abroad while taking their classes offered first-hand connections between the classroom and real-life experiences in Spain.

The directors of the program were pleased with the remarkable success of the summer and look forward to seeing how living aboard continues to impact the students after they return to campus.

If anyone is interested in joining this amazing opportunity for Spring or Summer 2013, please talk to the students or do not hesitate to contact the Hispanic Studies Department for more information: spanish@cofc.edu.

UN Young Professionals Programme, entrance exam open now

Are you a recent graduate and have an interest in working for the United Nations?

The UN Young Professionals Programme is now offering entrance exams in the following placement categories:


Exams must be completed by December 9, 2012.  For full details: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE

Hispanic Studies Hosts National Executive Committee Meeting of Sigma Delta Pi

On August 6-7, the annual meeting of the Executive Committee of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was held at the College of Charleston with National President, Dr. Germán Carrillo of Marquette University; Member-at-Large and Vice-President of the Southwest, Dr. Lucy F. Lee of Truman State University; and Executive Director, Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro of the College of Charleston, in attendance.  Student officers of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi at CofC and faculty of Hispanic Studies participated in a special “tertulia” on August 6 to meet and socialize with Drs. Carrillo and Lee.

Student Officers of CofC’s Chapter Nu Zeta with Dr. Germán D. Carrillo, National President of Sigma Delta Pi.

CofC’s Chapter of National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Earns National Award

For the 2nd consecutive year, the Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities during  2011-12.    Of the 585 chapters nationwide, CofC’s chapter was among 14 selected for this prestigious honor (see http://www.sigmadeltapi.org/honorchap.htm for complete list of awardees).  Student officers Dylan Kornegay, Jessica Latham, Hannah Stevenson and Emily Williams were instrumental in organizing and executing the chapter’s numerous activities in 2011-12 to earn the “Honor Chapter” recognition.  Drs. Carmen Grace and Mark P. Del Mastro of the Department of Hispanic Studies serve as Chapter Advisers.