Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions - African American Literature

Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions - African American Literature

Department of African American Studies, 2023

College of Arts & Sciences, Syracuse University


The Department of African American Studies ( in Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences seeks two dynamic scholars of African American Literature to join the faculty in Fall 2023. One faculty line has been approved for a tenure-track assistant professor. The other appointment will be at the rank of assistant or associate professor, depending on the candidate’s qualifications. Both appointments require the selected individuals to have the Ph.D. in hand by August 2023.


One position is for African American literature before 1900. The other position is for twentieth and twenty-first-century African American Literature. We welcome research expertise in any aspects of these time periods. We are especially interested in individuals whose teaching employs digital humanities tools and can illuminate the phenomenon of the African Diaspora. Ideally, applicants for the pre-1900 position should be able to guide student explorations of Black literary developments of the Atlantic World. Applicants for the twentieth and twenty-first-century position should be able to address international developments and perspectives in their courses.


Successful candidates must show evidence and promise of strong scholarship and sustained research activity, teaching excellence, and a commitment to public engagement. The positions require individuals to teach two courses per semester, including surveys that introduce fiction, non-fiction prose, and poetry; introductory writing intensive courses on Black culture; upper-level courses on topics in their fields of expertise; and required graduate seminars. All department faculty are expected to mentor undergraduates and graduate students engaged in research projects and thesis writing. 


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Applications must include a current curriculum vitae; letter of interest; writing sample; three confidential recommendation letters; and a statement explaining how the applicant’s teaching, research, and/or service engage diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check and validation of rank for tenured individuals.


Since 1979, African American Studies has functioned as a College of Arts & Sciences department, offering multi-disciplinary approaches to global studies of people of African descent. Its unique resources include the Community Folk Art Center ( and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (, which are integral to academic initiatives. Recent faculty retirements and relocations have led the department to a critical juncture. New faculty members will be able to contribute to strategic planning to engage changing cultural, pedagogical, political, research, social, and technological landscapes.


Syracuse University is the administrative home of the Central New York Humanities Corridor. This research consortium, supported by the Mellon Foundation, is a vibrant network of faculty at eleven area universities and colleges that fosters collaborative research, teaching, and programming. (


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. 

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