Assistant Professor - African American Literature

Job Description:

The Department of English at Louisiana State University (LSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of African American Literature beginning in August of 2023. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work situates African American Literature within a global context, engaging the large body of African, Caribbean, and Black Diasporic literatures.  We also seek candidates who are able to foster an inclusive environment inside and outside the classroom.

Located in Baton Rouge, LSU is the flagship land-grant institution in Louisiana and a Research 1 University. We support research and teaching in a broad range of fields and many interdisciplinary programs.

Requirements: Ph.D., with expertise in African American Literature, by the time the position begins (August 2023).

Teaching and Mentorship Expectations: The teaching load is 2/2 and consists of graduate and undergraduate courses. Service on graduate dissertation committees is expected as well.  

Research Expectations: Competitive candidates should maintain an active scholarly profile. The College provides strong support for research and faculty development.

Please note that an offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory background check.

LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER.  LSU values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.   

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:

Application Deadline: To assure full consideration, please submit all application materials by December 1, 2022.

Application Materials:

1. Letter of application (2 pages)
2. Current CV
3. Writing sample (approximately 25 pages)
4. Complete contact information for three references (mailing address, phone, and email)

Email the chair of the search committee, Brannon Costello (, if you have any questions.   

Posting Date:

October 7, 2022   

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):  

Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!   

Essential Position (Y/N):   

LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (


HCM Contact Information:

Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed

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