Job Posting: Assistant Professor of English – English Education at Washington State University (Deadline: 2.26.14)

Assistant Professor of English – English Education
The Department of English at Washington State University in Pullman, WA seeks a full-time, permanent, tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in English Education, starting August 2014. A Carnegie RU/VH university, WSU has one of the largest and most distinctive teacher preparation programs in the state. Minimum qualifications include Ph.D. in hand by August 15, 2014, in English, English education, Education, or closely related field; teaching record in secondary schools and at undergraduate level; and a promising and/or proven research agenda.

The department welcomes applications from beginning professors through early career associates; however, any appointment will be made at the assistant professor rank. Candidates with strengths in one or more of the following areas are particularly welcome: young adult literature and literacy; critical literacy and rhetorics; cultural rhetorics; multimodal reading and composing; visual literacy and rhetorics; socially conscious pedagogies; online pedagogies including the use of electronic portfolios, collaborative spaces, and/or social media; assessment.

Faculty in the Department of English currently teach a 2-2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses, and additional course releases are available in pre-tenure years. The department and university provide generous support for research and conference travel, including competitive academic year and summer fellowships.

Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing the qualifications (Cover Letter), a current comprehensive vita (Curriculum Vitae), a maximum 20-25 page sample of scholarly work (Writing Sample), and three letters of reference to Screening will begin February 26, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs ( Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer.

ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s (Deadline: 3.19.14)

ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s

ACLS invites applications for the fourth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place 20 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance.

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend:  $65,000 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow
  • Tenure: Two years; start date in mid-July or early September 2014, depending on the position
  • Applications accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( The system will open onJanuary 22, 2014. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
  • Application deadline: March 19, 2014, 6pm EDT
  • Notification of application status will occur by email starting May 2013.

SSAWW Conference 2015

We are happy to confirm the dates of the 2015 conference: Nov 4-8, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel where several of our previous conferences have been held. We have negotiated a rate of $179.00 a night. Please save the date and  make the conference part of your plans.

We look forward to another stimulating and exciting conference. News on the keynote, the conference theme, and the cfp will be posted in the coming months.

With thanks and best wishes

Grants and Fellowships: Special Collections Library at Penn State (Deadline: 2.28.14)

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library on the University Park campus of Penn State has opened applications for travel awards of $1,500 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the collections held at Penn State. Researchers must live MORE than 100 miles from Penn State University Park, and use the collections between June and August 2014. 

Currently, three travel grants are available:

  • The Dorothy Foehr Huck Research Travel Award: Supports one award for researchers using any collection from the Special Collections Library.
  • The Helen F. Faust Women Writers Research Travel Awards: Supports two awards for researchers working on a project including women writers that would benefit from use of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library’s collections
  • The Albert M. Petska Eighth Air Force Archives Research Travel Award: supports one award for researchers working on a project pertaining to history of the Eighth Air Force during World War II.

Details and the application can be found at and

SSAWW Announcements: Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group (RSVP: 2.3.14)

The next Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group meetings will be held on Saturday March 1, 2014 at the University of Texas San Antonio, hosted by Joycelyn Moody.

The common reading will be Jane Edna Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer (1940), edited by Rhondda Robinson Thomas, and recently reprinted as part of the West Virginia UP Regenerations Series (available here: Andreá Williams, who is author of Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction (U Michigan, 2013), will be a special guest participant in the discussion.

To RSVP, email Joycelyn Moody at by February 3, 2014. Be sure to indicate whether you will stay for dinner.
Information regarding location, schedule, travel and hotel is coming soon on our website:
We’re now on Facebook! Join our Facebook Group: or search Facebook for “Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group.”

Dr. Desiree Henderson, University of Texas Arlington

Summer Seminar: American Visual Culture at AAS (Deadline: 3.21.14)

The Center for historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) at the American Antiquarian Society encourages and facilitates the use and understanding of popular images by scholars in a variety of disciplines including American studies, history, art and architectural history, English, gender studies, literature, religion, theatre, and environmental studies. The 2014 Summer Seminar, The Art of Science and Technology, 1750-1900, will be held Sunday July 13 through Thursday July 17 at the American Antiquarian Society’s library in Worcester, MA.

The 2014 seminar will take a broad and inclusive view of science and technology in the era before academic and corporate institutions came to dominate both.  In addition to the formal disciplines of scientific inquiry pursued by “gentlemen of science”—botany, geology, medicine and the like—we will also consider the popularity of science and pseudo-science in public life, along with the practical applications of scientific knowledge in everyday life, such as gardening and cooking, especially by women.  By the same token, our notion of technology includes both the large, transformative developments—factories and railroads, for instance—and also the smaller, more immediate technologies of the home and artisan’s shop, including the technologies of art and science themselves.  The goal of the seminar is to help participants see science and technology in the ways American people might have done before 1900, and to bring those lessons in “how to look” and an array of related visual materials to their research and teaching.

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CFP: Evaluating Harriet E. Wilson’s Our Nig in the 21st Century (ALA; Deadline 1.27.14)

Following is a CFP for a Proposed Panel for the Upcoming ALA Conference; apologies for the quick turn around time.

Evaluating Harriet E. Wilson’s Our Nig in the 21st Century

 Since its rediscovery in the early 1980s, Our Nig; or, Sketches in the Life of a Free Black has received a great deal of critical attention.  From authenticating the text to determining its genre to recovering Harriet E. Wilson’s identity and biography, the text has captured the imagination of scholars of African American literature, American literature, feminist theory, cultural studies, race theory, and American history.  More than thirty years after Henry Louis Gates, Jr. rediscovered and began authenticating Wilson’s text, Our Nig is firmly a part of the African American literary canon and, some would argue, the American literary canon.  Despite garnering much attention from the academic world, Our Nig has not yet caught the notice of mainstream American, whereas several African American autobiographical texts, including Solomon Northrup’s Twelve Years a Slave and Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published at about the same time have.  This proposed panel seeks to consider both the academic world’s continued interest and the general public’s continued unawareness of Wilson’s Our Nig.  We will examine both new critical trends on the text as well as consider why the text has not yet bridged the gap between academic readers and more mainstream readers.

Please send abstracts of 350 words and a short autobiography to Miranda Green-Barteet (mgreenb6 @ by January 27, 2013.

American Literature Association is May 22-25, 2014 in Washington, D.C.