African Literature & Culture Assistant Professor

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The Department of Africana Studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in African Literature and Culture. We seek a candidate with expertise in African literature and culture ranging from oral to written literature spanning pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial periods, while also examining neocolonialism (and/or globalization), irrespective of the region. The potential hire should demonstrate expertise in literature and culture, and have a critical approach to the expansive and rapidly growing literature of the African world. 

The successful candidate may teach such courses as Introduction to African Literature, African Oral Traditions and Literature, The African Novel. The candidate may teach other courses that ground the foundations of knowledge production and epistemology of the African continent as expressed by her peoples in literature, while also drawing connections to contemporary African sociopolitical life and experiences of people of African descent, in the continent and diaspora. The successful candidate will assist in mentoring our Honors students, participate in departmental activities, and engage in collaborations beyond the department as appropriate.

Applications received prior to October 15, 2022 will be given first consideration. Applications received after that date will be considered until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample (approximately 20-30 pages) to Interview Exchange [http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=153472]. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide 3 letters of recommendation and additional materials (e.g., diversity statement, research statement, sample syllabi).  Ph.D. must be received by 9/1/23.

Africana Studies at Binghamton University is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on African peoples and cultures and their descendants globally. Established in 1969, we are one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the United States. The new position will expand our course offerings to our students in the Cultural Studies track, as well as in the upcoming the Global Public Health program,

Harpur College is committed to offering an enriching educational environment that is inclusive of all of its constituents and that fosters a diverse, multi-vocal, connected community. We fully support scholarship, creative activities, and spaces of learning that grapple with the historic and present legacies of structural racism, gender inequality, sexual orientation discrimination, poverty, and social injustice. We recognize these issues as major challenges that impact our whole community. We are committed to the on-going task of building an equitable social fabric that offers a sense of meaning, purpose, and value for all of our members.

Binghamton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  


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