Assistant Professor-African American Literature (Wake Forest University)

Wake Forest University’s Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in African American literature. The department is open to candidates working in any historical period from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. We welcome all applicants with a strong grounding in African American literature and race culture. We are especially interested in scholars whose expertise includes cultural theory, sexuality studies, poetics, performance studies, black aesthetics, or literary history.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to publication and high quality liberal arts teaching. Position to begin July 1, 2016. Ph.D. required by time of appointment. Duties will include teaching undergraduate literature courses, advanced electives, and MA-level courses in areas of specialization. Teaching load is 9 courses over 2 years, with funded junior research leave. Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. It seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. For information about the Department of English, go to

Located in Winston-Salem, NC in the North Carolina Piedmont, Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Ranking among the top thirty national universities, it offers a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community. For more about the University, please visit

Applicants should apply online at and submit a cover letter directed to Professor Scott Klein, Chair, Department of English, P.O. Box 7387, Winston-Salem, NC 27109. Also submit your vita, dissertation or book abstract, and a statement of teaching philosophy.  Three confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email by the recommender or dossier service to  Applications and other materials must be submitted no later than [October 31, 2015].  EOE/AA.

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