Assistant Professor of African-American Literature

The Department of English at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2020. Candidates must have teaching and research interests in early African-American literature (colonial through the 19th century). This position is contingent on funding.   

The position is part of a College multidisciplinary cluster hire with research-intensive focus on the transhistorical African Diaspora in the Americas.  These faculty will join current faculty who contribute to the overall hemispheric studies emphasis of the college’s Americas Initiative, taking advantage of FAU’s unique location at the nexus of South America, North America and the Caribbean.  The College seeks scholars wishing to engage with the diverse FAU student body, multicultural South Florida, community partners such as the Spady Museum, Fort Lauderdale African American Library, Perez Art Museum, UM Cuban Heritage Collection, among others, and institutional exchange programs in the Americas, Africa and Europe. Given FAU’s status as a Hispanic Serving Institution, research and teaching intersections with Latin American and Latinx cultural, social and artistic histories are also welcome.  

Candidates are expected to teach courses in the areas of their specialization, but will also have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary teams to advance a distinctive scholarly agenda.  There will also be opportunities to mentor graduate students in the home department, in our college-wide interdisciplinary PhD program, and in other graduate and undergraduate programs within the College. Collaborative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary extramural grant opportunities will be encouraged with internal seed grants, robust institutional grant-writing support, and post-award administrative assistance. 

The hired candidate will teach primarily on the Boca Raton campus, with the possibility of a minor assignment on the Davie campus.  We seek a candidate who will balance high-quality scholarship, excellence in teaching, and committed service. Faculty typically teach a 3-2 course schedule. 

Requirements include a Ph. D. in English or Comparative Literature, or related field, at time of appointment, publication record in field, and relevant teaching experience at the college level. Applications, including a cover letter, vita, and copies of graduate transcripts must be uploaded to The job requisition number is 07325.  Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019.  A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position.  This position is contingent on funding. 

FAU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by law.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. For communication assistance, call 7-1-1.

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