Research Assistant Professor/Assistant Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) (University of Pittsburgh)

Pending budgetary approval, the newly created Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the new position Research Assistant Professor/Assistant Director. The position is a renewable, full-time non-tenure-stream appointment with the opportunity for promotion.  The contract term will begin as soon as April 1, 2016.

In consultation with the Director and Associate Director of the Center, the Assistant Director of the CAAPP will take a leadership role in conceptualizing and operationalizing new frames for understanding how poetry interacts with other genres and creative and scholarly disciplines. The Assistant Director will serve as the central liaison between the co-directors and the advisory board, center fellows, invited guests, faculty affiliates, graduate students, community members, and other individuals and groups. The Assistant Director will also will oversee–in collaboration with the co-directors–the day-to-day business operations of the Center and will take the lead on planning all events associated with the Center, including the planning of readings, symposia, and other events. The Assistant Director will also co-curate and manage the digital archives and the library. Other responsibilities include grant writing, working with donors to deepen the capacity of the Center, working with graduate student fellows, teaching, and leading community workshops.

The ideal candidate will be computer and internet savvy with a keen interest in developing social media campaigns and working with new virtual platforms for connecting people to the center. The candidate should also have a knowledge of African American and African diasporic literature particularly poetry and an interest in other art forms.

An MFA or PhD is required.  This position carries a 1/1 teaching load: beginning in Academic Year 2016-17, the position will include teaching one undergraduate poetry workshop and one community workshop.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 29, 2016.  Please contact Ben Simmons ( at 412-624-6509 for further information.  To apply, please visit

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