Assistant Professor - African Literatures and Cultures in English - Department of English

Assistant Professor - African Literatures and Cultures in English - Department of English


Position overview Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: The current base salary range for this position is $74,600 - $97,200. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window
Open date: July 17, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Sep 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Sep 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley is hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in African literatures and cultures in English. The successful candidate will have training in African literary/cultural studies; grounding in one or more African national, regional, and/or diasporic literatures/cultures; and a dynamic critical approach to the tradition(s) in which they specialize. We welcome a wide variety of theoretical orientations and critical approaches to the field.

Tenure-track Assistant Professors at Berkeley are expected to excel in research, teaching, and service. Elements of the position include: implementing a program of research that culminates in the publication of books and articles; developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate seminars and lecture courses; mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; supervising dissertation research; and various administrative activities in the English department and across the University.

Berkeley English fosters an exceptional research environment and has developed a dynamic curriculum in our excellent graduate and undergraduate programs. A particular opportunity of this position involves building collaborations with field specialists in African literatures and cultures working across campus at Berkeley. Indeed, a separate search is currently being conducted for a comparativist specialist in African literatures, to be jointly appointed as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English. Please see the job description at this link: Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply both for this position and for the position advertised jointly by Comparative Literature and English.

The department is dedicated to the global and historical study of literatures written in English. We are committed to advancing the University's diversity, equity, and inclusion goals at all levels, from faculty hiring to graduate admissions to undergraduate teaching. English department faculty participate in models of graduate and undergraduate mentorship developed to foster collaboration and community within the department. This work contributes to campus-wide goals for achieving diversity and equity at Berkeley.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Application Requirements

Document requirements


  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. (For additional information go to
  • Writing Sample - Please provide a writing sample of recent work (published or unpublished) of up to 10,000 words.
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)


Reference requirements



  • 3 required (contact information only)

Letters of recommendation will be requested only for those candidates under further consideration.
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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location
Berkeley, California

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