Assistant Professor of African American/Diaspora Literature

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

The Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time nine-month tenure-track faculty position in twentieth-century and contemporary African American/Diaspora literature and culture at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2020.

Research interests in literary and cultural studies are open; possibilities include critical race and ethnic studies, diaspora studies, gender and sexuality studies, and/or comparativist approaches. Scholars whose work invites public engagement and complements our department’s strengths in transnational studies, digital media, and/or writing and rhetoric are especially welcome to apply. The successful candidate will join our American Literature and/or American Studies programs, teaching undergraduate and graduate survey as well as specialized and imaginative courses on African American/Diaspora literature and culture.


Ph.D. in English or related field by time of appointment, successful research and teaching record, and commitment to participation in an active and energetic department.

Additional Information:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a 25-page sample of written work (as PDF); a statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which describes your past, current, and anticipated contributions in these areas through research, teaching and service; and the names and email contact information for three references.

Applicants must apply by the priority deadline of October 07, 2019 to ensure full consideration.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.


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