Assistant Professor, English, African American Literature

The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for two tenure-track, assistant professor positions in African American literature to begin Fall 2024. One position is dedicated to a specialization in early African American literature; the other is open to any historical period within African American literary studies. The teaching load for research faculty is 2-2, with balanced assignments in upper-division and graduate courses, as well as Auburn’s core curriculum. Successful candidates will contribute to the growth of the Department’s African American literature offerings and will have opportunities to affiliate with interdisciplinary programs like Africana Studies or Women’s & Gender Studies.

As one of the nation’s premier land, sea, and space grant institutions,
Auburn University is ranked 42nd among public universities by U.S. News
and World Report. Highly research-active (R1) and committed to teaching
excellence, Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. The Auburn-Opelika metropolitan area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems, a regional medical center, and is recognized as one of the “best small towns in America.” The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD.

Required Qualifications: PhD in English, African American Studies, or
related field by August 16, 2024 appointment date, with a specialization in
African American literature; a clear agenda for scholarly productivity; and a strong commitment to collegiality, with a willingness to take part in the life and work of a unified department of English Studies (which includes
majors/concentrations in creative writing, literature, and writing studies).
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility
requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is
scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of

Desired Qualifications: Record of publication in the field; successful
experience teaching African American literature at the college level; ability
to generate new courses to expand the department’s curricular offerings;
demonstrable commitment to teaching, research, and service.
Applications will be accepted online at Submit the following documents: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; teaching philosophy; contact information for three recommenders; and transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire). Applications submitted by November 1, 2023 will have fullest consideration.

Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an
Auburn University commitment. Auburn University is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal
employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race,
sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran
status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or
any other classification protected by applicable law.
“Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family
needs of faculty, including dual-career couples”
Questions may be addressed to search committee chair, Dr. Ernest L.
Gibson III ( ) .

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