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Assistant Professor, Department of African American Literature

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 7, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies, English & Literature, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities, Religion
Employment Type
Full Time
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Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

The English Department at Wesleyan University seeks a scholar-teacher of African American and Afro-diasporic Literary Studies for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2021. The search is open to all subfields and all periods. Applications from candidates whose work engages Black feminism, Afro-Pessimism, queer of color critique, comparative ethnic literatures, poetics, post-humanism, the Enlightenment, Afro-Latinx Studies, Performance Studies, and Global South studies are welcome. Candidates may work in African American, Caribbean, and African archives.

Wesleyan faculty have a deep commitment both to undergraduate teaching and the practice of scholarly writing and publication. The successful scholar-teacher candidate will be expected to be an active contributor to the field, and to teach four literature courses per year (two per semester). Among those four courses, the successful candidate will regularly teach the Department’s gateway course, Ways of Reading. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in English or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the English or related field within one year of hire.

Special Instructions To Applicants

Additional Information

A complete application includes a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (25 pp maximum), evidence of meaningful teaching experience, and at least three letters of recommendation. In the cover letter or as part of a teaching statement, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

Applications received by 11/01/2020 will receive full consideration.

Please contact Liz Tinker if you have questions about the application process.

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Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927,

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