Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Africana Studies

The Department of English at the University of Central Missouri invites applications for a tenure-track position in African American literature and Africana Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning on August 8, 2023. Successful candidates will be qualified to teach general education literature surveys, first-year writing, and advanced courses in African American literature, as well as courses appropriate to their joint appointment in the Africana Studies program; ability to teach classes in Women and Gender Studies is a plus. Teaching load is 4/3, which includes a course release related to service in Africana Studies.

A PhD in African American Studies or English with emphasis on African American literature at the time of appointment is preferred; candidates who are ABD may be considered, with the expectation that they would complete all requirements for the PhD within one year of being hired. Candidates must have completed significant coursework in the field and have experience teaching African American literature.

Applicants should complete the online faculty profile at and attach to the profile a letter of application, current CV, writing sample, and unofficial transcripts. Send three letters of recommendation to with the subject line, “Letter of Recommendation: (Candidate’s surname).” Screening of applications will begin on November 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be sent to Professor Marc Joseph; for questions about the application process, contact Human Resources (attn. Michelle Taylor) at or 660-543-4225. The University of Central Missouri is an Equal Opportunity employer. We accept applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, or abilities. Minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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