Academic Jobs Wiki

Wiki page for Academic Jobs in African American Literature advertised during the 2021-2022 hiring season. This page is for jobs that begin in 2022.

Next year's page: African American Literature 2022-2023


Please add jobs in the following format and order them alphabetically by institution.

  1. Example University (State/Province, Country). Position Title. Specializations. Deadline. TT/NT. FT/PT. Link to Job ad(s). Updates: 

TT/NT: Tenure-track or Non-tenure track.

FT/PT: Full-Time or Part-Time

For the sake of user-friendliness, please do not add more detailed content of the job ad on this page. (This is a departure from previous years, when these pages tended to become difficult to navigate. The new guidelines are modeled on more user-friendly Academic Wiki pages serving other disciplines.)

Add updates to the end of each entry as they come in: Additional materials requested, video interview scheduled, campus visit scheduled, offer extended, offer accepted, rejection received.

Please post "Have you heard?" questions above, under Word on the Street.

See also Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2021-2022 .

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Jobs with 2021 Application Deadlines[]

University of San Francisco (San Francisco, USA). The Department of English at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in African American and/or Black Diasporic Literatures to begin Fall 2022. November 1, 2021: Updates:

11/8 — was invited to submit more materials x3 Any word about interviews?

11/14 - rejection email

12/13- zoom interview request, conducting first round interviews during MLA 2022

12/16 - rejection e-mail after inquiry about review of additional materials requested

University of Illinois at Springfield, Department of English and Modern Languages (Springfield, IL) Assistant Professor of English in twentieth or twenty-first century American (U.S.) literature(s) by people of color. TT/FT, details and application link at


Job posted on Dec 1, 2021

University of Tennessee Knoxville (Knoxville, TN): Assistant Professor in 20th / 21st Century African American Literature. The University of Tennessee English Department seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in 20th- and 21st-century African American literature, with a particular interest in fiction. We welcome candidates with expertise in specializations such as (but not limited to) film/media studies, transatlantic studies, and digital humanities. Excellence in research and teaching is required. PhD in hand or expected by August 1, 2022.

Any word? 12/3?

12/15 - Preliminary Interview

Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH): The English Department at Ohio Wesleyan University seeks to fill a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English as an African American Literature specialist with additional expertise in the teaching of writing and composition.

10/12 Request for Additional Material x2

12/17 Interviews being done this week

Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY): The Department of English at Binghamton University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Contemporary African American Literature and Culture. We welcome candidates with strong scholarly potential whose methods embrace interdisciplinary and/or multi-medium approaches. We also welcome candidates whose work places African American literature and culture in transnational or comparative contexts. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research program focuses on one or more of the following areas: contemporary Black Popular Cultures, Black Atlantic or African diasporic studies, Afro-futurism or speculative fiction, film studies, visual and material cultures, digital humanities, science and technology studies, sound studies, Black Feminisms, and gender and sexuality studies.

11/10 References Requested, Rejection 12/8

11/22 Rejected x3

12/14 Zoom interviews were scheduled

1/22 Campus visits scheduled

Boston College (Boston, MA): The Boston College English Department seeks a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in African American Literature and Culture (PhD required). This is a joint appointment with the African and African Diaspora Studies Program, with a 2/2 teaching load divided between the two programs.

11/29: Any updates?

12/10: Generic Rejection Email x2

12/9 Email to schedule first round interview (in early January)

University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI): Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies.

12/15-- request for letters of rec triggered via Interfolio

1/2: interview request

Washington University of St. Louis (St Louis, MO). The Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis is seeking to fill two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professors, one in each of the following areas: 1) African American Literatures before 1900, 2) Black Diaspora and/or African Anglophone Literatures. These two positions will deepen the department's historic and current strengths in the fields of Black writing and Black literary history. The two positions are linked but distinct. Application materials—a letter of interest, a CV, and a research trajectory—should be submitted by 8 November via Interfolio, using this link ( ) for African American Literatures before 1900, and this link ( ) for Black Diaspora/African Anglophone Literatures.

11/19 - additional materials requested x2

12/12--Any updates on first round interviews? Re; 12/10-- Zoom interviews scheduled

12/31--Campus interview invites have gone out

University of California Davis (Davis, CA). The University of California, Davis, Department of English invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in global Black literatures in English of any historical period. Applicants should have research and teaching interests in one or more of the following: African diasporic, Caribbean, Black Atlantic, Afro-Latinx, Anglophone African, and/or hemispheric Black literatures. We welcome, but do not require, interests in any of the following areas: anti- colonialism, critical geographies, ecology, digital cultures, gender and sexuality studies, science and technology studies, transimperial and transcontinental frameworks. Work that challenges established boundaries, regions, periods, and methods within Anglophone literary studies is likewise welcome. Applicants should be able to teach a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the field. Ph.D. in English or a related field is required and must be in hand by September 1, 2022. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample, three (3) letters of reference, and a statement of contributions to diversity through the online application form: . Applications must be received by October 25, 2021 for fullest consideration.

12/2--> prelim Interviews scheduled

12/16 -> Campus visit scheduled

1/25 are these campus visits in person or over zoom?

2/7 -> received word that an offer has been extended to a candidate

New York University (New York, USA). Two Assistant Professor positions in African American or Black Diasporic Literature and Performance; NYU Department of English. October 1, 2021. TT. FT. Updates:

has anyone heard anything about this yet? Additional materials or interview? Zoom interviews occurred last week of October.

Interviews for both positions? I believe so.

lol received rejection email today — good luck to the finalists!

^^was the rejection after a zoom interview? (11/10)

updates? (11/16)

campus visits requests sent out (11/23)

1/25 are these campus visits in person or over zoom?

Davidson College (Charlotte, NC, USA). Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and English. "We encourage applications that situate African American literature within national and transnational contexts and / or engage in film studies, with attention to class, gender, sexuality, and disability." Joint position, but the ad states that the service to both departments shall be kept equivalent to that expected of a tenure-track faculty member appointed in a single department. October 11, 2021. TT. FT. 2/2 load first year; 2/3 thereafter.

any updates? 11/26 rejection after 1st round interview. Unpleasant interview IMO

12/22 - no news on my application x2

1/21 - no news on my application (x2)

Elon University (USA:NC) Assistant, Associate, or Professor of English with a specialization in African American and/or African Literature. The Department of English at Elon University invites applications for a tenure-track, open rank professorship, beginning mid-August 2022. Expertise in African American and/or African literature is required, with secondary proficiency in Black Diasporic literatures or Black Studies preferred. Candidates must show compelling evidence of immersion in and/or proximity to the lived experiences about which they teach and publish. Requirements: Ph.D. in English or related field by start date and a record of innovation and excellence in teaching. Teaching will include six classes per year (totaling 24 semester hours), including introductory and advanced literature; first-year writing; and interdisciplinary courses in the Elon Core Curriculum.

12/2- interview invitations for next week sent out

Salve Regina University (USA: RI). Assistant Professor specializing in African American literature and culture. Additional interests or coursework in topics such as Black feminism; Afrofuturism; young adult literature; creative writing; Native American literature; and the literatures of the African diaspora. Deadline: October 4 2021. TT. FT. 3/3 teaching load.

12/4 -- Rejection

12/7 - Campus Visit scheduled (will occur in early January over Zoom)

3/16 - Offer extended and accepted

Bucknell University (USA: PA). Tenure-track assistant professor of race and literature with a specialization in African American and/or African-diasporic literature in any historical period beginning August 2022. The ability to teach Critical Race Theory is required. Candidates should have a PhD in English or a related field by the start date, demonstrable excellence in teaching, and a robust scholarly program, and will contribute to the Literary Studies Program's Race and Literature Concentration. We are especially interested in areas of research and teaching that build upon the department's current strengths in race and ethnic studies; gender, queer, and sexuality studies; intersectionality and literature; and environmental and medical humanities. This position is part of a Bucknell cluster hire focusing on race in conjunction with the departments of Education, History, and Sociology.

11/9 - additional materials requested x1

12/2- any word on interviews? Read wiki on this department: pretty toxic environment

12/8- interview requests sent

12/16- campus visit invitations

1/25 are these campus visits in person or over zoom?

Amherst College (USA:MA). The Departments of English and Black Studies at Amherst College invite applications for multiple full-time appointments in the field of Black literature and culture, to begin on July 1, 2022. We define this field broadly to include work in any genre or medium produced by people from Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other centers of Black Anglophone culture around the world. This is an open-rank search that may include one or more tenure-track appointments at the rank of assistant professor and at least one tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor.

Any updates?

11/29: Any updates? 12/8 Any word? 12/10: Any updates would be super helpful. 12/17: they finished preliminary interviews this week. 12/21: Call and email to schedule campus visit

12/24: Campus visits scheduled for february. Anyone have a sense of how many finalists? 12/31: I am not a finalist, but I have heard that there are 10 finalists.

1/25 are these campus visits in person or over zoom?

University of Oklahoma (USA: OK). The Department of English at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for two tenure track positions: 1) Assistant Professor of African American literature, pre-1900; and 2) Assistant or Associate Professor of African American literature, post-1900. We seek two scholars with promising records of scholarship and teaching to begin Fall 2022. Expertise in the literary texts and cultural practices of African Americans in one of the advertised periods is required. Secondary areas of specialization are open, and all methods are invited.

Interviews scheduled 11/18

12/15 - Preliminary Interview

12/22 - Campus Visit (over Zoom) scheduled for late January

University of Washington (USA:WA). The Department of English at the University of Washington, located on the unceded land and waters of Coast Salish peoples, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in African American literary studies, whose expertise may include other aspects of the Black diaspora. Within this area of specialization, candidates will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and engage in research that could include the following secondary areas of focus: Indigenous relations to lands, agricultural effects and legacies of US nation-state and Caribbean plantation slavery, urbanization, migration caused by climate change, and environmental crises as effects of the racial politics of ecology, interconnections between the natural world and Black humanness, and environmental humanities as constituted within the field of Black literary studies. This position is open to a broad range of historical modes, locations, and spatial frameworks such as the plantation, regions, the oceanic, and the nation; a variety of approaches to literary criticism, such as those that arise from performance studies and gender and sexuality studies; as well as a diversity of archives, forms, and genres. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.  This position has an anticipated start date of September 2022 and will have a 9-month service period.

12/2--> interview Requests Sent Out

12/14 - generic rejection letter

12/28 - Any word post interview?

12/31 - campus interview invites have gone out

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (USA: CA). The English Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, to begin September 12, 2022. Specialization in African American Literature. Ph.D. in English or related field required. The successful candidate will join those faculty currently teaching African American Literature, along with recent hires in Indigenous Literatures and Global-Anglophone Literatures, to diversify the department's curricular offerings, including the teaching of African American literary texts in our recently revised English major and M.A. graduate program as well as in our university-wide GE program and its United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) courses. This position also offers the flexibility to create new courses of the candidate's own design and the opportunity to work closely with individual students on senior projects. The specific teaching emphasis and research interest within African American literature are open, but we seek empathetic teachers, innovative scholars, and collaborative colleagues.

11/12- interview (campus invites or first round?)--it was first round, they will invite finalists before the holidays for campus visits in January

1/25 are these campus visits in person or over zoom?

Auburn University (USA:AL). The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in African American literature, to begin Fall 2022. 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.  While the Department welcomes all applications from within the field, candidates whose research and teaching coincide with early African American literature, Black women's literature, or southern studies are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will contribute to the shaping and growth of the Department's African American literature offerings, and will have opportunities to affiliate with Africana Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, or other interdisciplinary programs within the College of Liberal Arts.

11/19: Letters of rec triggered through Interfolio

12/31: Campus interviews have been scheduled

Cal Lutheran University (USA:CA). The English Department at California Lutheran University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Literature: One position in U.S. Latina/o/x Literatures, and one in African American and Black Diaspora Literatures or related field. One of these two positions (either one) will be combined with Fiction Writing. The Fiction writer will have their MFA; and candidate without Fiction writing will require a PhD (or ABD).

12/15- any words? Thanks!

12/16: First round interviews being done

12/21: they sent out requests for additional materials to candidates who had first round interviews.

1/25 are these campus visits in person or over zoom?

2/23: Have campus visits been scheduled?

University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA:WI). The Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for three tenure-track or tenured positions in Global Black Literatures at the Assistant Professor Associate Professor, or Professor levels. The department is particularly interested in scholars with expertise in African American, African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and Black diasporic anglophone literatures. Applications from scholars working in or across a range of historical periods, including scholarship that considers race and racialization across a wide span from the medieval to the contemporary. We are interested in scholars working on Global Black Literatures in any genres, cultural formations, and theoretical orientations.

12/31: I have not received a decision yet. Has anyone else?

12/22: First-round interview

University of Houston (USA:TX). The Department of English at the University of Houston invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Black Studies with a focus on African American literatures and Black feminist thought. We invite candidates who study any historical period and are open to comparative and/or transnational approaches, especially candidates whose research and teaching interests include African diaspora literatures (Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx).

12/13-initial Zoom interview scheduled for early January

12/22 - no response on application yet

1/7- Campus Visit scheduled

1/25 are these campus visits in person or over zoom?

United States Naval Academy (USA:MD) any word on interviews? nada 12/4

12/7 Interview requests sent out

Jobs with 2022 Application Deadlines[]

City University of New York (USA:NY). the English Department seeks to fill one tenure-track Assistant Professor Vacancy in African American and African Diasporic Literatures and Cultures of the 20th and 21st Centuries (including Afro-Latinx literature) beginning Fall 2022. The Department invites applications especially from candidates with interests in the intersections between those fields and feminist/queer/trans/posthuman studies; disability studies; science studies; food studies; eco-criticism and environmental studies; performance studies; indigeneity; Black rhetorical tradition and/or Black cultural rhetorics. Also required are a record or clear promise of publication, a record of strong teaching and commitment to teaching a diverse student body, and a demonstrated commitment to departmental and institutional service. Open Until Filled with Review to begin on January 28, 2022.

2/15 1st round interview request sent

Loyola University Maryland. The English Department invites applications for a two-year teaching postdoctoral fellow with a specialization in African American literary studies, whose expertise may include other aspects of the Black diaspora. The individual selected for this position will be part of Loyola University Maryland’s Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, which is designed to support early career scholars from underrepresented minority groups on their path to becoming faculty members. The fellowship will provide financial support for salaries and benefits of fellows for two years. This fellowship program is designed to provide emerging scholars with professional mentoring in teaching and research with guidance of established faculty. Fellows will participate in a yearlong professional development program that includes internal and external support. Fellows will teach two courses per semester and conduct research and/or creative work in their chosen field of study. In addition to teaching and research, fellows will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students and participate in the life of the department and university. Funds will be provided for research or travel. The fellow will attend faculty meetings, serve on a department committee, and participate in faculty/student social events.

This position is open to a broad range of historical periods and locations, as well as a diversity of approaches to the study of Black literature and culture. Candidates whose research and teaching interests focus on Anglophone works produced by people from Africa and the African diaspora, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean, will be considered. Job posted Jan. 19. Application deadline February 28, 2022.

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA) English (African American literature; African American and/or Latino/a/x rhetoric; poetry; or linguistics with a specialty in African American, and/or Latinx discourse and/or dialect.), Heanon Wilkins Fellowship, VAP with encouragement towards TT

Miami University’s Heanon Wilkins Fellows program recruits annual cohorts of up to ten (10) scholars with a strong interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member, pairing them with dedicated mentoring and intentional preparation for a career in higher education, ideally as a tenure-eligible faculty member at Miami University. This program is named after Dr. Heanon Wilkins, Miami University's first full-time African-American faculty member. A distinguished professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Black World Studies, Dr. Wilkins is an enduring and inspirational example of Miami’s teacher-scholar faculty, having received Miami's highest honors in teaching, research, and service. Honoring his impressive legacy, we hope to recruit cohorts of excellent future faculty to Miami through this program. Each academic year, we publish a call for Fellows applicants whose area(s) of expertise align with areas of expected need in the next two years. While we cannot guarantee tenure eligible positions for all Fellows, Fellows have been successful in securing tenure eligible positions at Miami in the past. The Fellowship is for a minimum of one full academic year (9-month faculty appointment) with a strong possibility of reappointment. Heanon Wilkins Fellows have reduced teaching responsibilities in order to foster a vibrant research program, engage in mentoring and career development, and the opportunity to engage with highly accomplished teacher-scholar faculty colleagues and Miami’s impressive students. The Fellows program is designed to prepare individuals to be highly competitive in future faculty searches (tenure track or teaching/clinical professor or lecturer (TCPL) positions), especially those we anticipate at Miami University.

The College of Wooster. The Department of English at The College of Wooster invites applications for a three-year visiting position in African American literature at the level of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2022. We seek a broadly trained specialist in African American literature. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the College’s interdisciplinary programs (e.g., Africana Studies; Environmental Studies; Global Media & Digital Studies; Comparative Literature; and, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies). Ph.D. preferred by August 2022. Job posted Jan. 28. Review begins February 15, 2022, and continues until position is filled.

Word on the Street[]

McGill: any updates 12/4? (x2, 12/11) Re; 12/15: An email recently went out to schedule interviews and submit additional info; 1/10, email that finalists have been contacted but should standby.

George Mason: any updates 12/4? 12/22 (2x): no word yet 1/16: No word yet 1/21: No word yet

12/23: Any updates on any of the English positions at Howard University?

12/23: Wisconsin: any word? 12/31: no word yet.; 1/11: any word on campus visits?

12/23: UVA: any word--deadline was recent however. Seconding this, any word on interviews? 12/31: no word yet. 1/16: No word from UVA yet. 1/21: No word yet. 1/26: no word here either. Interview request on 1/25

12/31: Any word on Provost Fellowship/Assistant Professorship in English at Georgetown University? 1/4: A friend said they are in campus visit stage 1/25: generic rejection letter 1/25: Rejected also

1/9 Invited for campus visit for Le Moyne College. 1/11 Hadn't heard from Le Moyne after Zoom interview and wrote to committee to ask for updates...I was told that there's no updates yet...But it sounds like finalists have ready been invited? Has anyone else heard? 1/15 Campus visit scheduled for early February.

1/28 Any word on Utica College?; 1st-round Zoom interview week of 1/10

2/13 There was a Rutgers postdoc that I didn't see advertised here, anyone have any updates on that?