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Assistant Professor of Contemporary African American Literature

University of Memphis
United States
Closing date
Dec 8, 2023

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Posting Number FAE1681 Advertised Title Assistant Professor of Contemporary African American Literature Campus Location Main Campus (Memphis, TN) Position Number 020800 Category Full-Time Faculty Department English Position Summary

The Department of English at the University of Memphis invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Contemporary African American literature with a sub-specialty in one or more of the following categories: Children's literature, Afrofuturism, digital humanities, music and literature, queer theory and literature. The position is at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2024.

This position teaches courses on both the graduate and undergraduate level. The standard teaching load is 3/2 with one course release in the first year, a second pre-tenure course release, and the possibility of a pre-tenure professional development release. Other job duties include advising graduate students, keeping an active research agenda, and contributing to departmental and university service.

The University of Memphis is a public, urban, top-tier R1 research institution that welcomes more than 21,000 students to campus every year. The UofM is inextricably linked to the city in which it resides. Located in the heart of the Mid-South, Memphis is a cultural and economic hub for the region with nationally recognized museums and libraries; multiple healthcare, logistics, and technology headquarters; and a thriving arts and culture scene.

The Department of English consists of six undergraduate concentrations (African American Literature, Applied Linguistics, Creative Writing, Literature, Professional Writing, and TESOL), a variety of M.A. and Ph.D. programs, and several certificate programs. The department maintains close ties with a wide range of cultural organizations and nonprofits in the region. For this reason, the position is uniquely suited for a candidate interested in community engagement or public-facing scholarship.

Minimum Position Qualifications

Requirements include: Ph.D in English, Black Studies, Africana Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, or related discipline. Ph.D must be in hand or secured before August 2024.

Special Conditions Posting Date 09/18/2023 Closing Date 11/14/2023 Open Until Screening Begins Yes Hiring Range Salary is competitive and based on experience. Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time: Benefits Eligible Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, candidates should submit the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Current CV
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing Sample (20-25 pages)
  • Teaching Evaluations
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Instructions to Applicant regarding references Is this posting for UofM employees only? No Benefits of Employment (Applies to full-time, non-police employees only)

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