Assistant Professor English American Literature (University of Wisconsin Green Bay)

The department of Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay seeks applicants for a tenure-track position. This position will teach a broad array of undergraduate English and Humanities courses at all levels including advanced courses in American literature.
Primary area of specialization is American literature. Applicants with a secondary specialization in early American (pre-1865) literature, general American literature, film studies, screen writing, and editing and publishing are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with experience in digital humanities and new media projects as well as digital pedagogy are also strongly encouraged to apply. (more…)

SSAWW 2015 Conference Update

Dear SSAWW conference participants,

Here is an updated draft schedule: SSAWW 2015 Draft Schedule, Aug 26

Please once again check your participation days/times since we have made some changes and configured some panels anew. For those of you chairing, some of the presenters on your panel may vary from when you signed on to chair so please double-check to see who is on your panel.

If you are no longer in a position to attend the conference, please let us know right away so we can adjust the very strong program we have in place accordingly:

For those of you who have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible.

Thanks for all the excellent work that has been put forward to create the conference program. We look forward to a wide range of stimulating and inspiring conversations.

Some things to note on the draft schedule:

The Mentoring Breakfast table topics are now listed and you can still sign up for this event as well as the lunch through the Wisconsin Registration site.

Our Wednesday night welcome sessions are in place.

The Chat with an Editor sign-ups will be available closer to the conference.

Our casual conversations for Sunday morning are a great opportunity for a few final meetings with friends and acquaintances old and new.

We are planning creative writers reading sessions, Philadelphia women writers walks, and working on a few other things.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.

Reminder: the graduate student travel awards are due August 30th, and the child care subsidy awards are due October 15th. And remember to ask your publishers to send books for the exhibit to The Scholar’s Choice.

All conference information is available at:

Best wishes for the coming term.

Assistant Professor (Albany State University)

The individual filling the position will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in English or American Literature and Composition, with an average teaching load of twelve hours per semester, serve on department and university committees, participate in university functions and perform other duties as assigned.

Training and Experience: Applicants for the position should possess a Doctorate degree in English, American Literature or Rhetoric Composition and university teaching experience. Training or experience in critical theory or literacy is also desirable.

Posting Date: 08-21-2015
Closing Date: (Screening of applications will begin at date shown and will continue until the position is filled.) Open Until Filled

FTE: 0.75

Special Instructions to Applicants: Screening of applications will begin September 11, 2015 and continue until the position is filled


New Books: Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture by Eric Gardner

gardner-bpu-coverBlack Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture
Eric Gardner
Oxford University Press

Black Print Unbound explores the development of the Christian Recorder during and just after the American Civil War.  As a study of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s official newspaper and so of a periodical of national reach among free African Americans, Black Print Unbound is simultaneously a massive recovery of a publication by African Americans for African Americans, a consideration of the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and print culture studies, and an intervention in the study of literatures of the Civil War, faith communities, and periodicals.  Black Print Unbound thus offers a case study for understanding how African Americans (including diverse African American women) inserted themselves in an often-hostile American print culture in the midst of the most complex conflict the young nation had yet seen, and so calls for a significant rewriting of our senses of American literary history.

Black Print Unbound far exceeds the pages of the printed word.  Gardner has meticulously reconstituted a textured history of the Christian Recorder that provides deep insight into nineteenth-century African American literary culture–writers and readers, authorship, literary form and genre–yet also opens a wide window onto black society and activism nationwide.  His scholarship is impeccable, the book richly rewarding.”–Carla L. Peterson, author of Black Gotham:  A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor, African American Literature University of San Francisco

Job Summary: The English Department at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track position in African-American literature. While the specialization within the field of African-American literature is open, we are particularly interested in expertise in transnational, hemispheric and diasporic issues. Job Responsibilities: Candidates should be able to teach and develop introductory and upper-division courses in African-American and American literature for English majors and minors, as well as surveys for non-majors and first year student seminars (i.e. general education). 

Minimum Requirements: Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Literature or related field, demonstrated excellence in teaching and evidence of strong scholarly activity in literature. (Applicants with degrees outside of literature—American Studies, for example—should be conducting their research in literature.) Applicants should submit their application at 

The required documents are: cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and curriculum vitae. All must be in PDF format. Applications must be received by October 30, 2015. Finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample and dossier. We will interview a short list at MLA. Please direct inquiries to 

EEO Policy The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes: Newberry Library Fellowships (11.15.15 and 12.15.15)

The Newberry Library is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Newberry Library Fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise intriguing and often rare materials from our world-class collections; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations with curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs.

For more information, visit our website:

Please circulate this announcement amongst colleagues and students. (more…)

Student Travel Awards Donations for SSAWW 2015

If you are able, please consider making a donation to our graduate student travel fund. We all know that funding is tight at many schools and most of our graduate students are really struggling to make ends meet. Any amount you can donate will make a difference.

Remember, your donations are tax deductible. And you’ll be helping the next generation of scholars!

You can donate via PayPal here:

You can also donate via check. Please make your checks payable to Society for the Study of American Women Writers and be sure to write “Graduate Student Travel Fund” in the check’s memo field.

Donations can be sent to:

Dr. Heidi Hanrahan

Department of English

Shepherd University

P.O. Box 5000

Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443

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