Assistant Professor of African American Literature

Assistant Professor of African American Literature

Position Details: Randolph-Macon College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American Literature to begin September 1, 2023.

Institution Information: Randolph-Macon College, founded in 1830, is a selective, primarily residential liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1500 students located in the northern suburbs of Richmond, Virginia. It is 90 miles south of Washington, DC and 15 miles north of Richmond. The College seeks employees committed to advancing inclusion and equity and to cultivating a community that welcomes all people, regardless of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression. Of special interest are candidates who can further the College’s efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The English department caters to a wide variety of students; from those with a lifelong love of language and reading, to those who write poetry and fiction, and beyond to those eager to understand how language may be used to entertain, move, or persuade. The department values faculty with dynamic teaching styles and active research programs, and is committed to offering our students a curriculum that reflects the diversity of the human experience.

Major/Essential Functions: Randolph-Macon College faculty teach, advise, conduct research and engage in scholarship, and serve the college and department. Primary teaching responsibilities include upper-division courses in the candidate’s area of specialization, general education courses in literature, and first-year composition, with opportunities to teach in the Honors Program and other relevant interdisciplinary programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in English with a specialty in African American Literature (in hand by August 1, 2023)
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching
  • Evidence of an ongoing research program
  • Clear evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the teaching of undergraduates;
  • Evidence of scholarly publication and/or presentation in the candidate’s specialty;
  • Evidence of teaching and/or scholarship that engages with any of the following: critical race theory, postcolonial and/or diaspora studies, multiethnic literature, or related fields;
  • Ability to contribute to relevant interdisciplinary programs;
  • Experience in practicing pedagogy, developing policies, and/or participating in programs that enhance equitable opportunities for students, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds.

Application Procedures:  To apply, please send the following as a single pdf to Sabrina Granderson, Administrative Services Coordinator, at no later than January 20, 2023 with Assistant Professor of English as the subject line.

The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • A brief (one page) statement describing past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by January 20, 2023. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; at a later date, finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample and/or teaching materials.

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Randolph-Macon College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.




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