Assistant Professor - English

The Department of English is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor in the field of African American literature.


The department of English at Creighton University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the field of African American literature. The field(s) of sub-specialization and the era are open; however, the successful candidate’s research and teaching will engage directly with questions of race in the context of social justice.


The position begins August, 2023. It is part of a cluster hire across the College of Arts and Sciences, forming a new multidisciplinary initiative focused on the topic of “Race and Social Justice” as a line of inquiry in teaching and/or research. For more information on the cluster hire initiative, please see this description


We seek individuals committed to being outstanding teacher-scholars within a primarily undergraduate-serving college. The successful applicant will teach a 3-3 course load that includes introductory courses in composition and literature, as well as upper division elective courses in their area of expertise. A PhD in English or a relevant field is required to be in-hand by the beginning of the contract.


The successful candidate will join an energetic and growing department of English with faculty colleagues who specialize in creative writing, rhetoric and composition, and literary studies; our department boasts strengths in medical humanities, literature and the environment, writing and justice, and global engagement. The department also hosts the renowned Henry James Center.


How to Apply

Candidates should submit their application through Creighton HR portal: . When prompted please upload the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Copies of transcripts from each institution of higher learning attended
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy
  5. A 500-word statement describing how the applicant’s line of inquiry in research and/or teaching is informed by the theme of “race and social justice”
  6. A scholarly writing sample of at least 15 pages.
  7. 3 letters of recommendation should be sent separately to Ms. Jill Dickey, English department office manager, at

If you have any questions submitting your application or materials, please don’t hesitate to contact


Applicants invited to interview will be asked to submit official transcripts. Applications received by October 21, 2022 will be guaranteed full consideration; the search will continue until the position is filled. Candidates submit their application materials online through this portal.


Questions about the search may be directed to the chair of the department, Dr. Lydia Cooper, at ; or to the search committee chair, Dr. Matthew Reznicek, at


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