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Assistant Professor of African American Literature
Auburn University

Date Posted Dec. 4, 2023
Title Assistant Professor of African American Literature
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department English
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Literature - African-American
    Literature - General
    African American Studies

Job Description Summary

Auburn University (AL) – TT Assistant Professor 2024 (Department of English)
The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for two tenure-track, assistant professor positions in African American literature to begin Fall 2024. One position is dedicated to a specialization in early African American literature; the other is open to any historical period within African American literary studies. The teaching load for research faculty is 2-2, with balanced assignments in upper-division and graduate courses, as well as Auburn’s core curriculum. Successful candidates will contribute to the growth of the Department’s African American literature offerings and will have opportunities to affiliate with interdisciplinary programs like Africana Studies or Women’s & Gender Studies.

As one of the nation’s premier land, sea, and space grant institutions, Auburn University is ranked 42nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Highly research-active (R1) and committed to teaching excellence, Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. The Auburn-Opelika metropolitan area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems, a regional medical center, and is recognized as one of the “best small towns in America.” The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications: PhD in English, African American Studies, or related field by August 16, 2024 appointment date, with a specialization in African American literature; a clear agenda for scholarly productivity; and a strong commitment to collegiality, with a willingness to take part in the life and work of a unified department of English Studies (which includes majors/concentrations in creative writing, literature, and writing studies). 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.


Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications: Record of publication in the field; successful experience teaching African American literature at the college level; ability to generate new courses to expand the department’s curricular offerings; demonstrable commitment to teaching, research, and service.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted online at Submit the following documents: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; teaching philosophy; contact information for three recommenders; and transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire). Applications submitted by November 1, 2023 will have fullest consideration.

Questions may be addressed to search committee chair, Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III (
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