Assistant Professor of English: African American Literature

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Assistant Professor of English: African American Literature
Lafayette College: Faculty Positions: English

Location: Easton, PA
Open Date: Oct 23, 2023

The English Department of Lafayette College invites applications for a tenure-track position in African-American literature at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate will be able to teach lower division courses in writing and introductory literature, and upper division courses in African-American literature, in addition to courses that fulfill the requirements of the Common Course of Study. We are particularly interested in candidates with secondary strengths, such as critical race theory, queer and/or feminist theory, and literatures of the African diaspora.

The teaching load is 2/2 in the first year, 3/2 thereafter. Research support is generous, and salary and benefits are competitive. The appointment will begin July 1, 2024. Ph.D. by the start date with prior teaching experience are required. To apply, please upload a cv, application letter, and single-page statement of teaching philosophy to Interfolio at by November 20, 2023. As part of your letter, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring and/or community service support Lafayette's commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the college's diversity statement (

There are approximately 30 English majors per year in the department. Many of them are double majors. The English department values critical discussions of race, gender, sexuality, emotional labor, and the social and cultural impact of literary and writing studies in the twenty-first century. We believe that the history of our discipline requires interrogation and decolonization and we are excited to build with colleagues towards a more imaginative future.

Located in Easton, Pennsylvania, 75 miles from New York City and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective private undergraduate liberal arts college with an engineering division and around 2,700 students. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its students, staff, and faculty. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette operations reflect the College's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.


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Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of sex); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of disability); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin); and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); and other applicable laws and College policies.

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