Assistant Professor in African American Literature

The Department of English in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African American Literature. The department seeks a scholar who specializes in any historical period or form (including but not limited to fiction, film, digital media, poetry, or drama).  The department is especially interested in candidates whose scholarship will complement our existing strengths in American studies, transnational/diasporic studies, and ethnic literature. This position is expected to begin August 2020. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and show exceptional scholarly promise.

Applications should include: 1) A letter of application that specifically addresses the candidate's qualifications for the position, research and teaching interests, 2) a current CV, 3) a writing sample (limited to 40 pages), and 4) the names of three individuals who can be contacted by USC to provide letters of reference.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: . Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2019. Inquiries may be directed to: .


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.


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