Assistant Professor in early African American literature (Auburn University)

Auburn University

Department of English, 9030 Haley Center, Auburn University, AL 36849-5203

Assistant Professor

The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in early African American literature, to begin Fall 2015. The teaching load is 2-2, with assignments in upper-division and graduate literature courses as well as teaching in Auburns core curriculum. Individuals joining our current group of specialists in African American and early American literature will be working with us to strengthen and grow our undergraduate literature major as well as to enrich our offerings at the graduate level.

Required qualifications include a PhD in English, American Studies, or a closely allied area by the August 16, 2015, starting date; a strong research and teaching specialization and an academic background in early African American literature; evidence of successful teaching experience at the college/university level; evidence of potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in 18th- and 19th-century African American literature; significant potential for successful research, publication, and other scholarly/professional activities; interest in teaching core curriculum courses in core literature and/or first-year composition; and strong potential as a colleague taking part in the life and work of a unified department of English Studies (including majors in creative writing, literature, and professional writing; graduate concentrations in creative writing, literature, and rhetoric and composition, and a graduate program in technical and professional communication). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.

Desired qualifications include a record of publication in the field; successful experience teaching African American literature at the college/university level; successful experience teaching first-year composition and/or sophomore literature. We seek candidates with demonstrated commitments to collaborative teaching, scholarship, and service, and with demonstrated research strengths in one or more of the following: gender studies, diaspora studies, digital humanities, southern studies, American slavery, and African American print culture.

Auburn University is one of the nations premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In the 2012 edition of the U.S. News and World Report ratings of undergraduate programs, it was ranked 36th among public universities. Auburn is an institution that is highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence. It is located in an attractive college town in the east central part of the state, 90 minutes from Atlanta. The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD, and is home to the annual Auburn Writers Conference and the Southern Humanities Review.

Applications will be accepted online at Please have the following documents ready to upload: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; contact information for three recommenders; transcripts (official transcripts required only upon hire); a portfolio of relevant teaching materials, including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi and assignments. Review of applications will begin October 15th and will continue until position is filled.

Diversity among administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an Auburn University commitment. Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable law.