Assistant Professor of English (Literatures of the African Diaspora)

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Position No. 00006568. The Southern Methodist University Department of English invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant or advanced assistant professor beginning Fall/August 2020 specializing in literatures of the African Diaspora, which may include African American, Afro-Caribbean, and other fields. Primary duties will include teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, whether specialized or oriented to meet departmental needs.


We seek a colleague who can contribute energetically to our department as we embark on an expansive plan of postdoctoral fellowships, symposia, and visiting writers. We would particularly welcome a scholar-teacher capable of broadening our vibrant Ph.D. program with new ideas and challenging course offerings.


We require a completed Ph.D. in English or in a directly related area by the time of appointment, evidence of scholarship and/or publications, and a clear research plan. Applications should be submitted in searchable pdf format and should include a cover letter indicating research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and three reference letters. Applications should be submitted via Interfolio at  Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2019, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Questions regarding the search should be directed to Ezra Greenspan, chair of the search committee, at


Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.  The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. 



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