Assistant/Associate Professor of African American Literature, pre-1900 and post-1900


The Department of English

Assistant Professor of African American Literature, pre-1900; and Assistant or Associate Professor of African American Literature, post-1900

The Department of English at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for two tenure track positions: 1) Assistant Professor of African American literature, pre-1900; and 2) Assistant or Associate Professor of African American literature, post-1900. We seek two scholars with promising records of scholarship and teaching to begin Fall 2022. Expertise in the literary texts and cultural practices of African Americans in one of the advertised periods is required. Secondary areas of specialization are open, and all methods are invited. Scholars with experience teaching and mentoring students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The Department of English enjoys a close relationship with the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, sharing a building space and faculty affiliations. Required qualifications include a PhD in English, African American Studies, or an allied field by August 2022.

Both faculty positions are full-time, nine-month appointments with a standard teaching assignment of two courses per semester. Faculty teach a balance of courses for undergraduate majors, graduate students, and non-majors completing OU's General Education requirements. The Department of English offers PhD and terminal MA degrees in Literary & Cultural Studies (LCS) and Rhetoric & Writing Studies (RWS).

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just south of Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best place to live” rankings. Visit for more information.

Review of candidates begins November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply online, submit a CV, writing sample (25-30 pages), three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your research, teaching and community engagement, also including a statement describing how you envision contributing to African American studies in the department. Apply here for the position of African American literary and cultural studies:

1) Pre-1900

2) Post-1900

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Rita Keresztesi at, search committee chair Roxanne Mountford, Department Chair.

The University of Oklahoma is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and fairness in all forms through embracing and utilizing the unique and various backgrounds of our community. OU Norman, OU Tulsa and the Health Sciences Center recognize that fostering an inclusive environment enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty, and staff. The University of Oklahoma does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political beliefs, or veteran status.

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