Assistant Professor of English (African American Literature)

Sam Houston State University seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English specializing in 20th and 21st-century African American Literature and Culture or African Diasporic Literature to begin in the Fall of 2023. We especially welcome applications from those whose research focuses on literature written after 1945.

The chosen candidate will teach three courses per semester (face-to-face and online) that include all levels of undergraduate and M.A. courses in African American literature, surveys of American literature, world literature, and freshman composition. Other required activities include cultivating and maintaining an active research agenda, supporting the department, college, and university through service, and actively engaging in recruitment and curriculum development.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. by August 21, 2023 in English or a closely related discipline, an active research agenda in African American or African diasporic literature, a record of experience in college-level teaching, and evidence of excellent communication skills.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The college welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Candidates should submit a letter, a CV, unofficial transcripts, a list of references, and a diversity and inclusion statement that addresses the candidate’s qualifications and strategy for engaging all students at SHSU. Candidates who are ABD must also submit a letter from their supervisor stating that the Ph.D. will be complete before the start date of the position. Candidates who advance to the next stage of the application process will submit letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should apply here:

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

Contact: Dr. Audrey Murfin (

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