Assistant Professor of African American Literature

The English Department and Africana Studies Program at Rhodes College seek to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in African American Literature beginning August 2022. This position is part of a cluster hire, and the successful candidate will be among three new faculty members contributing to the Africana Studies program. The successful candidate’s home department (administratively and for tenure and promotion review) will be English with a joint appointment in Africana Studies. However, the College will be open to the possibility of the home program being Africana Studies with a joint appointment in English. The successful candidate will offer courses in the English Department and the Africana Studies Program, including Introduction to Africana Studies. Teaching load is 3/2. Many of these courses will be cross-listed, and there is the opportunity to develop courses in both areas. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to teaching and conducting research in a liberal arts environment. Rhodes College believes that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as an institution, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Furthermore, Rhodes College is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.  

Qualifications: Ph.D. in English and/or African American/Africana Studies, with a specialty in African American Literature, clear evidence of teaching excellence, and a strong record of and/or significant potential for peer-reviewed scholarly publications.

Rhodes is a nationally ranked residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and honor among ourselves. Our students live and learn on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, located in the heart of Memphis, an economic, medical, and culturally diverse center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area.

Rhodes College prides itself on being a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and anti-discrimination.  (

Please apply online at A complete application will include 1) a cover letter that addresses the strengths the candidate will bring as a teacher and scholar to a liberal arts college environment; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information for three references; 4) a separate statement that addresses how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service will contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion as one of its core values. Candidates are also invited to submit an optional statement explaining how COVID-19 has impacted their work. Review of completed applications will begin November, 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews. Rhodes College requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 with exceptions for medical or religious reasons, which will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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