Nature of Work
Tenure-track Assitant Professor of English in African American literature to begin August 2015.
Armstrong State University seeks a skilled teacher and promising scholar to teach courses in African American literature, American literature, and African Diasporic literatures, as well as composition and introductory literature.
The position also includes active involvement in the African American Studies Program.
The Department of English at the University of Houston invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in American literature after 1900. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of research, scholarship, and teaching excellence. Applicants are invited to identify additional areas of research and teaching expertise. The Department of English is a large, dynamic department offering the M.A. and Ph. D. in English and American Literature; the M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing, a doctoral concentration in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy; and graduate certificates in Empire Studies and in Translation Studies. In addition to the Departments strengths, the University of Houstons College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers programs in African American Studies, Mexican American Studies, and American Cultures, and it houses the Center for the Americas.
VISITING SCHOLAR IN LITERATURE—SUMMER 2015
DOEL REED CENTER FOR THE ARTS
TAOS, NEW MEXICO
The Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, NM invites applications for the 2015 Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar or Writer in modern or contemporary literature and/or the arts of New Mexico or the Southwest for one week during late May through early June 2015. The visiting writer or scholar will interact with students enrolled in Oklahoma State University’s summer class in Taos: Readings in the American Experience: The Nuclear Bomb and the Land of Enchantment (May 26-June 6). The scholar or writer also will be expected to deliver a public talk or give a public reading while in Taos and may be invited to do the same at Oklahoma State University. The honorarium is $5,000. Named after the internationally acclaimed graphic artist, the Doel Reed Center offers programs characterized by multidisciplinary approaches to teaching, research, and outreach focusing on the Southwest. The Center provides a unique opportunity for students and lifelong learners to explore diverse topics while immersed in the unique cultural and historical milieu and the spectacular landscape of the Taos area, a region that has long been a mecca for the literary and visual arts. Applicants should send via email a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to Edward P. Walkiewicz, Director, Doel Reed Center for the Arts at: email@example.com. The deadline is Friday, January 16, 2015. For additional information, please consult the Academics section of our website: http://drca.okstate.edu/academics
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RE-DEPARTURES PANEL FOR MELUS 2015 (Proposals due December 1, 2014)
Call for panelists: “New Ways to Conceptualize Diasporic and Migrant Subjectivities: Re-Departing to Re-Arrive”
Proposed Panel for the Annual MELUS Conference 2015 Athens, GA, April 9 – 12, 2015
In When the Moon Waxes Red: Representation, Gender, and Cultural Politics (1991), feminist, post-colonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha presents the identities of diasporic peoples as engaged in a process of re-departure. Revisiting suppressed or denied heritages, she argues, does not necessarily force hyphenated people to choose between singularity and plurality. On the contrary, it offers them an opportunity to “start again with different re-departures, different pauses, different arrivals” (14). Continue reading
On the Boundary between Public and Private: Rethinking Willa Cather’s Letters
The Cather Foundation solicits proposals on topics related to Cather’s letters for a panel at the Society for the Studies of American Women Writers conference in Philadelphia November 4–8, 2015. For many years, biographers and critics who consulted Willa Cather’s letters could refer to their contents only in paraphrase because of restrictions in Cather’s will. Cather’s insistence that her letters not be published or quoted from and stories about the burning of her letters also became a key component of many interpretations of Cather’s life and works. With the lifting of the ban on publication and quotation, the appearance of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather in 2013, a complete digital edition of the letters underway, and the regular discovery of previously-unknown letters, the time is ripe to rethink Cather’s letters and their place in scholarship.
What can Cather’s letters tell us about her works and her life? What can’t they tell us? Now that scholars can quote from her letters, what can we say about Cather’s voice in her letters and her engagement with the letter as genre? Considering the survival of over 3,000 letters in libraries, was Cather as obsessed with privacy as some previously claimed based in part on stories about the destruction of letters? What public function did Cather’s letters have when she wrote them, and what public function to they have now?
Proposals on these and other topics concerning Cather’s letters are solicited. Depending on the number of proposals, more than one panel or a roundtable of shorter presentations may be constructed. Please e-mail a 250-300 word abstract and a 1-page c.v. to Melissa J. Homestead at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2014.
Plans are well underway for the 2015 conference. We are excited about the response, continuing successful initiatives from past conferences, and hoping to introduce a few additional events such as a syllabus exchange.
Right now we are starting to organize the review process for submissions, and are asking for volunteer reviewers for the paper and panel submissions.
We hope to get the proposals (both individual and panel) out to vettors in the two weeks or so following the Feb. 13th deadline for submission, with a request for a three week turnaround time. Therefore the bulk of the work would be in March.
If enough vettors volunteer, we hope to keep the number of proposals for each vettor to between 12 and 15, a combination of individual papers and complete panels. Please email me directly (email@example.com) or our conference query email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to help with this important process, providing 1) your areas of expertise (can be broad); 2) your academic rank/institution (independent scholars and advanced graduate students most welcome).
We would very much appreciate your participation. We would be happy to provide a letter of appreciation for those who would like one.
Submitting proposals of your own does not preclude participation in the vetting process since we will ensure that conflicts are avoided.
Rita, on behalf of the organizing committee.
Springfield College invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of American Literature in the Department of Humanities. The College is seeking candidates with experience teaching pre-Civil War American literature with additional expertise in diverse literatures and film studies. A strong commitment to equity, diversity and student success is required. Responsibilities include teaching four courses per semester including first-year writing. Continue reading