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Assistant Professor of African American Literature

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

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Assistant Professor of African American Literature

Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Department: English - 250200

Minimum Qualifications
The Department of English at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in 20th- and/or 21st-century African-American Literature at the rank of Assistant Professor.

A PhD in English, African American Studies, Africana Studies, or a closely related field is required by the start of the appointment.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
Desirable secondary areas include but are not limited to Folklore, Environmental Studies, Ethnic American Literature, and World Literature.

We also welcome applications from candidates who use interdisciplinary and/or transnational methodologies, including candidates who can work in another language in addition to English.

License/Certification Required

Description of the Department or Unit
The Department of English houses over 450 majors, employs 43 tenured and tenure-track faculty and approximately 50 non-tenure track faculty. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education and a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Literary Studies, Film Studies, Creative Writing, as well as Technical and Professional Writing. The department also offers a Master of Arts in English with concentrations in Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, and Teaching Literature and Writing. We are firmly committed to faculty governance, teaching excellence, active scholarship, and university and community service.
The department seeks candidates who bring attributes that complement the department, program, and college’s existing strengths. We are interested in faculty members who have cultivated skills to communicate with, teach, and support others who do and do not share aspects of their own identity.

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will maintain an active research program and teach a 3/3 load across a range of modalities, including sophomore African-American Literature surveys, upper-division courses in African American Literature for majors, and specialized graduate seminars.

Faculty are expected to produce at least 2 peer-reviewed publications (or equivalent) every 3 years, and participate in committee work and related service activities.

We seek a faculty member committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and academic service.

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/19/2024
Suggested Salary Range: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Evaluation of Applications Begins: 12/04/2023

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Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


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