Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeks applications for a tenure track position in African American Literature. We are an award-winning Department that prizes and supports excellent teaching, research, and creative activity, and our talented faculty and staff collaborate often in many of our University’s thriving interdisciplinary programs, including African American Studies, Honors, Gender Studies, Sustainability Studies, and Social Justice Studies. As one of the largest departments in the College of Letters and Science, we offer both an undergraduate degree and the MA in English, and we provide major staffing for the University’s innovative University Studies (general education) program as well. The successful applicant for this position will be a collegial, collaborative colleague, an active scholar, and a dynamic teacher. They will offer general education, upper- and graduate-level courses in African American literature and culture, including a core literature course in our vibrant African American Studies program primarily for the Oshkosh campus but with the expectation of contribution to all campuses and course delivery modes (in-person, online [synchronous/asynchronous/hybrid]). We are also particularly interested in applicants who can contribute in meaningful ways to one or more of our other interdisciplinary programs, and who will enjoy advising and mentoring students and serving the Department, the University, and the larger community.

A regional comprehensive university committed to the teacher-scholar model, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is part of the robust University of Wisconsin system – one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country. UW Oshkosh is the third largest university in Wisconsin with an annual on- and off-campus enrollment of nearly 14,000 students spanning three campuses in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and Menasha. UWO proudly serves the northeastern Fox Valley region, the state’s third most populous metropolitan area, comprised of a number of mid-sized cities along the Fox River. The Fox Valley offers a nice combination of amenities and relatively low cost of living and is within driving distance of Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. We are committed to delivering a high-quality education and a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue professional, occupational, and advanced academic degrees. Our students are a mix of traditional and nontraditional age, including many first-generation students.

• Ph.D. in English or African American Studies conferred by September 1, 2023
• A record of college teaching experience in general and upper level courses in African American Studies
• Evidence of an active research agenda relevant for African American literature
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

• Strong preparation in African American Literature
• Experience teaching at the graduate level
• Record of contribution to interdisciplinary programs such as African American Studies, Sustainability Studies, Social Justice Studies, and/or Gender Studies

To Apply:University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Assistant Professor of English

  1. Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:
  2. Letter of application
  3. Brief statements describing 1) teaching philosophy and 2) research or professional development interests
  4. A statement of diversity, equity and inclusion 
  5. CV
  6. Names and email addresses of 3 professional references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation (NOTE: at least one reference must be familiar with the candidate's teaching experience or potential).
  7. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (official or copies)

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by December 1st, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.
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