Assistant Professor

The African American Studies  Program and the Department of English at Mississippi State University invite applications for a tenure-track position for an assistant professor specializing in African American Literature beginning in the Fall of 2024. This is a joint appointment with African American Studies and the Department of English. The successful candidate will teach and develop courses in English and African American Studies. Experience or demonstrated interest in teaching Introduction to African American Studies is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will carry a 2/2 teaching assignment in the first year and a 3/2 (or 2/3) load in subsequent years. Teaching will be split across English and African American Studies. Publications and professional service are required for tenure and promotions. The Department of English will be the tenure home.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in English or a closely related field (or ABD with degree completed by 8/15/2024), as well as college teaching experience. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with a background and/ or experience in African American Studies are preferred.

Instructions to Apply: Interested candidates must submit an application online at along with a cover letter describing their interest in the position, their CV, and contact information for at least three (3) references. References and additional materials, including a writing sample and teaching portfolio, will be requested from short-list candidates. For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Lara Dodds, interim department head (English) and search committee chair at Application review will begin on October 27, 2023, and continue until filled. MSU is a public, land-grant institution and is classified as a “very high research activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.



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