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Assistant Professor of African American Literature

University of Massachusetts Boston
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 7, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of African American Literature

University of Massachusetts Boston


The University of Massachusetts Boston’s English Department invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in twentieth-century and/or contemporary African American literature and culture and critical race studies, beginning in September 2021. We welcome a range of methodological approaches and are eager to learn about the particular interests and subspecialties that inform candidates’ research and teaching.


The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in African-American literature and gateway courses to the English major, including introductions to literary studies and US literature. This candidate will also develop and teach courses in the English Department’s new Race, Ethnicity, and Literature concentration.


In addition to serving all university undergraduates through our general education programs, our department serves over 350 undergraduate English majors and minors, 80 English MA students, and 30 MFA students in fiction and poetry. As the only public university in Boston, UMass Boston serves the most diverse student body in New England, and the English Department is determined to hire faculty who reflect our student population and whose teaching and scholarship contribute to advancing the study of Black literature as a core competence within the profession. The selected applicant will receive one-to-one mentorship and support throughout their junior faculty years and through the tenure process.


Applications must be received online by November 15, 2020. We request that applicants submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation.


Applicants with questions may contact Susan Tomlinson, the chair of the search committee, at


Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in English or related field. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2021.


Applications close: 15 Nov 2020 Eastern Standard Time


All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.


For more information, or to apply, please visit:


The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.


UMass Boston normally does not provide H-1B visa sponsorship for non-academic positions.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions. As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews. For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews.


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