The English Department in the College of Arts & Sciences at
Seattle University invites applications for a tenure-track
Assistant Professor in African American Literature. Secondary
expertise in critical race theory is desirable. Appointment
begins September 2020.
Successful candidates will have a commitment to excellence in
teaching and a demonstrated ability to teach at all undergraduate
levels. Candidate will be primarily responsible for
developing gateway and upper-division courses in literature, as
well as University Core courses for non-majors. Candidates
may have the opportunity to teach in related programs, such as
Global African Studies, Film Studies, and Women and Gender
Studies. Candidates should have evidence of an active
scholarly agenda. Responsibilities also include service to
the college and university.
The academic program and community in English are committed to
intersectional teaching, scholarship, and community building, and
Seattle University serves an increasingly diverse undergraduate
community in the heart of Seattle, WA. Preferred candidates
will demonstrate an ability to work effectively with students from
diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and an
ability to collaborate with colleagues in the development of
literary studies courses focused on the intersection of race,
class, gender, sexuality, and social justice.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in English, African American
Studies, or equivalent field with a specialization in African
American Literature, received by June 30, 2020. Record of
teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, with a commitment
to supporting student work.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates
with expertise in critical race theory, a demonstrated ability to
teach race in US literature at large as well as in area of
specialization, a commitment to engaging with students and
developing curricular offerings, and a strong record of
publications representative of the position.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic
University located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
More than 7,200 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate
programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and
World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” ranks Seattle University 8th in
the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and
undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity
In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence,
Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of
students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental
principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and
employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity,
national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages
applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing
backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further
enrich the diversity of its educational community.
Applicants should submit materials online at https://www.seattleu.edu/careers/.
To ensure full consideration all applicants must submit the
following: curriculum vitae; letter of application that
demonstrates qualifications for this position including commitment
to diversity and Seattle University’s mission, values, and vision;
statement of teaching philosophy; scholarly writing sample; names
and contact information for three referees—letters may be solicited
upon submission of application. First consideration will be given
to applications completed by October 18, 2019. Inquiries
about the position may be made to Dr. Charles Tung, Chair of