Visiting Assistant Professor in 20th/21st-century African American, Caribbean, or Black Diaspora Lit

The English Department at Washington College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in 20th/21st-century African American, Caribbean, or Black Diaspora Literature starting in August 2023. The desired area of expertise is flexible with preference given to applicants who expand the range of expertise of current English Department faculty. To learn more about the department, our curriculum, programs, and faculty, please visit our website.

Founded in 1782, Washington College is a selective liberal arts institution located in Chestertown, Maryland on a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The College has a tradition of excellent undergraduate teaching, and the English Department is excited to sustain and further develop our curricular offerings in African American literature.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience working in a small liberal arts college setting, with class sizes averaging 12-15 students.


Candidates must have PhD in English, Black Studies, or a related discipline in hand before the position begins in August 2023. Successful candidates will show promise in undergraduate teaching and research and will be expected to teach three courses each semester, including First-Year Seminars, African American literature surveys, and upper-level seminars in their area of specialization. 


Applicants must submit all the following application materials: (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a statement that describes the candidate’s teaching philosophy, research interests, and the ways in which they promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and (4) the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023. Application materials must be submitted through the college’s employment portal:  Candidates selected for interviews will be asked to provide reference letters, a writing sample, and sample syllabi.

Washington College values diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Washington College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws. We particularly encourage members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community to apply for this position. For information on Washington College’s Title IX compliance, please visit

Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check and establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. It is the policy of Washington College to provide reasonable accommodations. If you require any accommodations to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact

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