Assistant Professor, English, African American Literature

The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for two tenure-track, assistant professor positions in African American literature and/or African Diasporic literatures, to begin Fall 2023. The teaching load for research faculty is 2-2, with balanced assignments in upper-division and graduate courses, as well as Auburn's core curriculum. While the Department welcomes all applications from within the fields, candidates whose research and teaching coincide with early African American literature, African American drama/Black performance studies, or Black diasporic literary studies are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will contribute to the growth of the Department’s African American literature offerings and will have opportunities to affiliate with interdisciplinary programs like Africana Studies or Women’s & Gender Studies.

Required Qualifications: PhD in English, African American Studies, or
related field by the August 16, 2023 appointment date, with a specialization in African American literature or African Diasporic literatures; a clear agenda for scholarly productivity; and a strong commitment to collegiality, with a willingness to take part in the life and work of a unified department of English Studies (which includes majors/concentrations in creative writing, literature, and writing studies). The candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Desired Qualifications: Record of publication in the field; successful
experience teaching African American/African Diasporic literature at the
college level; ability to generate new courses to expand the department’s
curricular offerings; demonstrable commitment to teaching, research, and

Applications will be accepted online at Submit the following
documents: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; statement of
teaching philosophy; contact information for three recommenders; and
transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire). Applications
submitted by November 1, 2022 will have fullest consideration.

As one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions,
Auburn University is ranked 42nd among public universities by U.S. News
and World Report. Highly research active (R1) and committed to teaching
excellence, Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. The Auburn-Opelika metropolitan area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems, a regional medical center, and is recognized as one of the “best small towns in America.” The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD.

Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an
Auburn University commitment. Auburn University is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal
employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race,
sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran
status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or
any other classification protected by applicable law. “Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples”
Questions may be addressed to search committee chair, Dr. Ernest Gibson ( ) .

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