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Wiki page for Academic Jobs in African American Literature advertised during the 2022-2023 hiring season. This page is for jobs that begin in 2023.

Next year: African American Literature 2023-2024

Last year's page: African American Literature 2021-2022

See also: African & African American Studies 2022-2023

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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 2022-2023.

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Jobs for 2023[]

  1. Appalachian State University (Boone, NC): Assistant Professor, African American Literature. Applications due January 6, 2023. TT. Job Ad: https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/36740 Initial Zoom interviews held
  2. Auburn University (Auburn, AL): Assistant Professor (English, African American Literature). Review begins November 1. While the Department welcomes all applications from within the fields, candidates whose research and teaching coincide with early African American literature, African American drama/Black performance studies, or Black diasporic literary studies are especially encouraged to apply. https://www.auemployment.com/postings/32564 Request for zoom interview 12/1
  3. Ball State University (Muncie, IN): Assistant Professor of English (African American Literature and African American Studies). Applications accepted through November 1, 2023. Assistant Professor of English will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in African American literature and African American Studies; publish peer-reviewed research in area(s) of specialization; and contribute to the major, minor, and graduate degrees in English and to the minor in African American Studies. Minimum qualifications: Completion of PhD in English or related discipline by time of appointment, with specialization in African American literature; record of effective teaching in African American Studies or related fields; record of publications and/or presentations in African American Literature. Preferred qualifications: Demonstrated research expertise in African American Studies or related fields; demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: Indigenous Literatures, Hemispheric Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Digital Humanities. https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/34171 Request for more materials 11/4 Request for Zoom interview 11/21
  4. Baruch College, CUNY (New York, NY): Assistant Professor - English (Early American Literature). Review begins November 1. We are seeking a scholar whose scope of expertise includes literature of the Americas and/or the Caribbean and who can situate multiple textual modes and genres within their historical and material contexts. Areas of focus could include African- American and Africana Studies, the transatlantic slave trade, Indigenous literature, the range of early Puritan texts, and the development of literary genres, such as poetry, fiction (e.g., the novel or the short story), and essays within the United States. https://cuny.jobs/new-york-ny/assistant-professor-english-early-american-literature/9380412ADB38472DA56A5DD4D416EBC9/job/
  5. Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA): Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English in Race and Literature. ***Search Concluded*** Review begins September 30. Bucknell University’s English Department seeks to hire a 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 2023. https://careers.bucknell.edu/en-us/job/497089/tenuretrack-assistant-professor-of-english-in-race-and-literature Request for more materials 10/26 Request for zoom interview 11/18 First round offer made and accepted, search is concluded.
  6. California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA): Assistant Professor of English: Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literatures/African American Literatures. Deadline October 16. https://careers.callutheran.edu/postings/9781
  7. California State University, Sacramento (CA) - TT Assistant Professor. Literatures of the Americas. The Department of English at California State University, Sacramento invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Literature, with a specialization in Literatures of the Americas, specifically pre- and early-nineteenth century. As part of a cluster of three positions— the others in the department of History and department of Humanities & Religious Studies— the successful applicant will have the opportunities to engage with fellow scholars of the Americas in related fields. The successful candidate will teach and develop courses focused on Literatures of the Americas. They will teach and advise in our English major, GE curriculum, and the MA program in Literature. We are particularly interested in potential colleagues with research/teaching interests that include, but are not limited to, transnational and/or transatlantic literatures such as Afro-Latinidad literatures, Indigenous literatures, Native American literatures, and/or Chicano/Latino/a literatures. Evidence of commitment to excellence as a teacher and active scholarly agenda required. Deadline December 2, 2022. For more information, please visit https://careers.csus.edu/en-us/job/520025/tenure-track-faculty-literatures-of-the-americas-english
  8. Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS, Canada): Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Black and African Diaspora Studies. Deadline Feb. 1, 2023. The Faculty of Arts and Social Science invites applications for a Black and African Diaspora Studies Scholar in any field of the arts, humanities, and social sciences offered in the Faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. FASS departments/schools are: Classics, English, The Fountain School of Performing Arts (including Music, Theatre and Cinema and Media Studies), French, German, History, International Development Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Russian Studies, Sociology and Social Anthropology, and Spanish and Latin American Studies. This is a tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will be involved in the administration of the BAFD program and should be willing to take a central role, given that the program is housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences... This position is designated to candidates who self-identify as persons of Black/African descent, especially African Nova Scotians. All such qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie recognizes that candidates may self-identify in more than one equity-deserving group, and in this spirit, we encourage applications from candidates who (in addition to being of Black/African descent) also identify as Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), members of other racialized groups, women, persons with a disability, and/or members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/12126
  9. DePauw University (Greencastle, IN): Full-Time Tenure-Track Open Rank Professor of Fiction Writing and Latinx and/or African American Literature. Review begins October 14. DePauw's English Department seeks to hire a fiction writer whose work explores the intersections of race, identity and the lived experiences of people from Latinx and/or African American heritages. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach two courses per semester, including introductory creative writing courses, upper-level workshops in fiction writing, first-year seminar, and introductory literature courses in their specialty. https://apply.interfolio.com/113848
  10. Fordham University (New York, NY): Black Studies with an emphasis in African Literatures. Deadline October 14. https://apply.interfolio.com/112998 Request for more materials 11/3 Request for zoom interview 12/2
  11. Hope College (Holland, MI): Assistant Professor in American Ethnic Literature. Deadline November 15. The successful candidate will preferably have expertise in African American literature, but those with expertise in Asian or Latinx literature are welcome to apply. https://jobs.hope.edu/postings/1800
  12. Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL): Assistant Professor of American Literatures. Open until filled. We seek candidates who specialize in and can deliver engaging courses that focus on African American literature, Asian American literature, diasporic studies, disability studies, gender studies, queer studies, global literatures, Latinx literature, and/or Native American literature. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach American literatures before 1900. https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=178102607&Title=Assistant%20Professor%20of%20American%20Literatures Did anyone here back from them about campus interviews? Zoom interviews were done by 12/16.
  13. Louisiana State University: Assistant Professor of African American Literature. The Department of English at Louisiana State University (LSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of African American Literature beginning in August of 2023. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work situates African American Literature within a global context, engaging the large body of African, Caribbean, and Black Diasporic literatures.  We also seek candidates who are able to foster an inclusive environment inside and outside the classroom. For full consideration, applications due by 12/1. https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/LSU---Baton-Rouge/Assistant-Professor---African-American-Literature_R00073713
  14. Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA): Assistant Professor (English, African American Literature): Norfolk State University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages seeks candidates for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in African American or Postcolonial Literature beginning August 2023. The successful candidate will teach and develop undergraduate English courses at various levels. Teaching responsibilities will include classes in general education core as well as required and elective classes for the major. Qualified applicants should apply by November 28, 2022: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/321841
  15. Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA): Assistant Professor of African American Literature (English Dept): Randolph-Macon College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American Literature to begin September 1, 2023. Evidence of teaching and/or scholarship that engages with any of the following preferred: critical race theory, postcolonial and/or diaspora studies, multiethnic literature, or related fields. Application deadline: Jan. 20th, 2023. TT/FT https://www.rmc.edu/offices/human-resources/employment-opportunities/faculty-opportunities
  16. Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX). Assistant Professor of English (African American Literature). Review of applications begins November 15. Sam Houston State University seeks a FT TT Assistant Professor of English specializing in 20th and 21st-century African American Literature and Culture or African Diasporic Literature to begin in the Fall of 2023. We especially welcome applications from those whose research focuses on literature written after 1945. https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/32858
  17. Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA): Assistant Professor-African American Literature. Open until filled. TT/FT. For questions contact: mary.carruth@sus.edu. https://www.sus.edu/news/4847
  18. St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN): Assistant Professor of African American Studies 2023-24. Review begins October 17. The Department of English and the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at St. Olaf College invite applications for a full-time, tenure track position in the field of African American Studies with specializations in Black Feminisms and literary and cultural studies at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023. https://careers.stolaf.edu/jobs/assistant-professor-of-african-american-studies-2023-24-northfield-minnesota-united-states
  19. Trinity University (San Antonio, TX). Assistant Professor of African American Literature. November 18. The English Department at Trinity University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in African American literature to teach upper-division seminars and conduct scholarly research in that field.  Other teaching responsibilities will include surveys of U.S. literature, introductions to literary study, First-Year Experience courses, and other courses in Pathways, Trinity University’s interdisciplinary general education program.  We invite applicants who specialize in any historical period, and we especially welcome African Americanists with subspecialities in the Black Atlantic; Black bibliography; poetry; children’s literature; environmental literature; and/or speculative fiction. https://apply.interfolio.com/113014
  20. Tufts University (Medford, MA). Assistant Professor, Tenure-track in English: African American Literature. November 1. The English Department at Tufts University invites applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in 20th-21st century African American Literature to begin September 2023. https://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=178112248 [Virtual campus visits held in late January and early February; first round offer expected to be made in the week of Feb 13]
  21. University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). Associate or Assistant Professor of African and African American Literature. 28 Oct 2022. TT/FT.https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/51280.
  22. University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR). Assistant Professor of Multicultural American Literatures, 1900-present. 6 January 2023. TT/FT. https://jobs.uca.edu/postings/12094.
  23. University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL): Assistant Professor of African American Literature. Open until filled. TT/FT https://jobs.montevallo.edu/postings/7091
  24. University of Pittsburg (Pittsburg, PA): Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor in African American Poetry (Writing Program, English Department). Deadline November 1. https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22007719
  25. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI): Assistant Professor in English and Africana Studies: African and African American Literature and Culture. Review begins November 1. https://jobs.uri.edu/postings/10641 [Campus visits held in late January and early February; first round offer to be expected in late February]
  26. Willamette University (Salem, OR): Assistant Professor of Black Studies, Department of English. Deadline November 1. https://willamette.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/willametteuniversityjobs/job/Salem-Campus/Assistant-Professor-of-Black-Studies--Department-of-English_R0004659
  27. Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA): Assistant Professor of African American Literature. ***Search Concluded*** https://careers.pageuppeople.com/1024/cw/en-us/job/493203/assistant-professor-of-african-american-literature (Deadline Oct. 25) Interviews held - Dec. 20 + 21 | First round offer made and accepted, search concluded,

Word on the Street[]

News from Mount Holyoke College post-interview (12/27)? Campus visits were held in mid-January. Likely a first round offer has been made, but the search is not yet closed. | Update: first round offer accepted, search closed.

Anyone heard from Appalachian State University regarding the Assistant Professor of African American Literature position? Not sure what their timeline is since they pushed the deadline to Jan. 6 (1/30).

Job offer has been made and accepted 3/14/2023.

Any news from Randolph-Macon?

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