Tenure-Track Position in English

The English Department at Berea College seeks applications for a tenure-track position in African-American literature. The English Department invites scholars with literary interests in U.S.-centered Black literatures and especially welcomes those with additional expertise in African diasporic literatures beyond the United States, as well as those with secondary interests in gender and sexuality, postcolonial studies, disability studies, critical ethnic studies, and/or environmental studies within the context of African-American literature. In addition to teaching courses in their specific fields of interest, the successful candidate should be able to design and teach African-American survey courses, a literary methods course, and first-year writing and composition to non-majors in the General Studies program. Applicants who also have experience in composition pedagogy are desired.

The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in African-American/African Diaspora Literatures at the time of appointment. Teaching responsibilities include a 3/3 load. Other responsibilities include continuing professional and scholarly growth, advising, and providing service to the Department and College. The ideal candidate will have an established record of superior teaching at the undergraduate level, display professionalism when interacting with members of the Berea College community and demonstrate a commitment to carrying out the unique mission of Berea College.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 500- to 1,500-word statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation to: https://tinyurl.com/j6eppk9j. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of candidates will begin November 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1855, Berea College  is nationally recognized as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 43 states and U.S territories and more than 70 countries. Berea College admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them with a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $190,000. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and most are the first in their families to attend college. As one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students are expected to work 10-12 hours weekly in various positions across campus. Berea College was again named one of the nation’s “Best Institutions for Undergraduates to Earn their College Degree” in the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 387 Colleges. Berea also appeared on four other lists within the publication: Best Colleges in the South; Best Value Colleges; Best Green Colleges; and Tuition Free Schools. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 College Rankings lists Berea as the #3 Best Value Colleges and 148 among 250 ranked colleges (highest-ranked Kentucky college). The Washington Monthly ranks Berea College #5 among Liberal arts Colleges, and #1 Best Bang for the Buck in the South. U.S. News and World Report Rankings lists Berea as #26 among National Liberal Arts Colleges, #3 for Most Innovative Schools, #6 in Top Performers in Social Mobility, and tied for #16 in Best Undergraduate Teaching. Money (2022) ranks Berea #20 Best Overall College and #10 for Best in the South.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.

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