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Assistant Professor of African American Literature, pre-1900

University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma, United States
Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 24, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of English


Assistant Professor of African American Literature, pre-1900


The Department of English at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall 2020. Qualified applicants will specialize in African American literature prior to 1900. We seek a scholar with a promising record of scholarship and teaching. Expertise in the literary texts and cultural practices of African Americans in any period from the beginning of European colonialism in the Americas through the end of the 19th century is required. Secondary areas of specialization are open, and all methods are invited. The successful candidate will join a faculty with expertise in American, Afro-Caribbean, and other Black/African diasporic literatures and cultures in the 20th and 21st centuries. Scholars with experience teaching and mentoring students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Letters of application should address how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


This faculty position is a full-time, nine-month appointment with a standard teaching assignment of two courses per semester. Faculty teach a balance of courses for undergraduate majors, graduate students, and non-majors completing OU’s General Education requirements. The Department of English offers PhD and terminal MA degrees in Literary & Cultural Studies (LCS) and Rhetoric & Writing Studies (RWS).


The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-RI comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.


Required qualifications include a PhD in English, African American Studies, or an allied field by an August 2020 start date.


Review of candidates will begin November 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample of approximately 25-30 pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation via ByCommittee


Inquiries may be directed to Professor James Zeigler (, search committee chair, Department of English, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK 73019-0240.


The University of Oklahoma is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and fairness in all forms through embracing and utilizing the unique and various backgrounds of our community. OU Norman, OU Tulsa and the Health Sciences Center recognize that fostering an inclusive environment enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and exclusion based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs or status as a veteran.

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