Assistant Professor of English (African American Literature)

The Department of English at Lake Forest College seeks to fill a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor specializing in African American literature who will also contribute to the African American Studies major. This position carries a 3-3 load of undergraduate courses, to include 19th- and 20th/21st- c. African American literature survey courses, other specialized courses in African American literature and culture, and/or general courses in literature and writing. The successful candidate will have a PhD in English or African-American Studies with a specialization in African-American literature and will be able to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three reference letters, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a twenty-page sample of their scholarship by September 30, 2019. Reference letters must be submitted by the referring parties and not come directly from the candidate. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype in October and campus interviews will take place in November. All material should be submitted electronically to

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,550 students from more than 40 states, 28 percent of whom are students of color, plus students from more than 70 countries. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented groups, including women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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