Associate Professor of English/Chairperson, Department of English

Preference Date for Applications: March 31, 2021

Required Documents: Online faculty application with cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three professional references, degree transcripts for all degrees, and a teaching statement that demonstrates commitment to racial justice in the classroom.

Contact Information: Please contact Dr. J. David Macey ( with questions.

Position Announcement:

The Department of English at the University of Central Oklahoma seeks to appoint a department chairperson into a tenure-track position at the Associate Professor rank. The successful candidate will begin a four-year term, effective with the summer of 2021, as department chairperson.

Position Overview:

Teaches, advises, and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Performs administrative duties as department chairperson on a twelve-month basis as described in the University of Central Oklahoma Faculty Handbook. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook. Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. This is a full-time, tenure-track position.

College/Department Overview:

The College of Liberal Arts currently has 113 full-time and 152 part-time faculty in 8 academic departments. The College serves the University's Core Curriculum programs and enrolls more than 2,850 undergraduate students and more than 300 graduate students in 34 undergraduate and 17 graduate majors. For further information see our website at

Duties and Responsibilities:

The chairperson teaches one course (three credit hours) per semester during the fall and spring semesters, has the option to teach during the summer, and performs administrative duties on a twelve-month basis as described in the University of Central Oklahoma Faculty Handbook, Section 1.5.7 (


Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in English and should have specialization in one of the following areas, with academic credentials sufficient for tenure, and should currently hold the Associate Professor rank at an institution with similar tenure and promotion processes:

· African American Literature/Black Studies, with focus on one or more periods or genres within the field.

· Black Atlantic, African Diasporic, and/or circum-Atlantic literatures and cultures between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

· Creative Writing (poetry), with work that significantly engages with issues of race/ethnicity, identity, and culture and reflects a strong commitment to antiracist and social justice pedagogy.

· Indigenous Feminisms and intersectional interests in Tribal Critical Race Theories, literatures, rhetorics, media, and pedagogies.

A timetable for submitting an application for tenure will be negotiated at the time of appointment.

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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