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Wiki page for Academic Jobs in African American Literature advertised during the 2023-2024 hiring season. This page is for jobs that begin in 2024.

6/6/24: The 2025 page is now available: African American Literature 2024-2025

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

Back to: English Literature 2023-2024

See also: African & African American Studies 2023-2024

Instructions[]

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 2023-2024.

  1. Hamilton College (Clinton, New York, USA). Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing (African American Literature). Specializations: scholarly expertise in African American Literature of any historical period with the ability to teach a broad range of African American literature and cultural studies: Deadline: November 1st. TT. https://apply.interfolio.com/131130 . Updates:

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Jobs for 2024[]

1. Appalachian State University (Boone, NC). Assistant Professor of African American Literature, TT. https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/42636

2. Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN). Assistant Professor of African American Literature. TT. The university is currently open for applications and will remain "open until filled".Applications are invited for the position of Assistant Professor of African American literature. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position to begin August 2024. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated ability to teach a wide range of African American Literature courses. We especially invite candidates able to contribute to courses in Post-colonial Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, or African American Studies. Likewise, we seek candidates that demonstrate respect for the diverse teaching and learning needs of students. Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to effectively work with colleagues to support the mission of related academic units, and co-curricular centers such as the African American Cultural Center. Please find the full ad here: https://apsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/16021

3. Boston University (Boston, MA). Assistant Professor of Black American & Diasporic Cinema. TT.

The English department at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Black American and Diasporic Cinema at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting July 1, 2024. We welcome candidates with strong research profiles in the history, culture, politics and poetics of Black cinema within and beyond the confines of Hollywood, including considerations of race, film historiography and the archive; international, anti-colonial and/or Black Diasporic cinematic traditions; theoretical work on race, performance, spectatorship and identification; intermedial work spanning film, television, digital media, photography, video games and visual art; and intersectional approaches to race, gender and sexuality. In addition to English, the successful candidate would hold strong ties to the Cinema & Media Studies Program, the African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program, and the American & New England Studies Program.

The English Department believes that the diversity of faculty, staff, and students is vital to the excellence of our research and academic programs, and we are especially eager to hire colleagues who support our institutional commitments to ensuring that Boston University is inclusive, equitable, and diverse. Successful candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment and be prepared for teaching duties at the undergraduate and graduate level (2/2 load). Salary commensurate with experience. Send cover letter; CV; 3 letters of recommendation; a 25-page writing sample; a 2-page description of dissertation or major publications; a teaching statement; and a 1-page statement on how your teaching and research would further Boston University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by November 1st to ensearch@bu.edu. Initial interviews via Zoom or Skype.

Link: https://jobs.chronicle.com/job/37527903/assistant-professor-/#application-form

4. Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL, USA). Teaching Faculty I, University Honors Program. 1/16/2024. NT. FT. https://jobs.omni.fsu.edu/psc/sprdhr_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=56610&PostingSeq=1

5. Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY, USA). Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American and/or African Diasporic Literature. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2023. FT/TT

The Hofstra University Department of English invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in African American and/or African Diasporic literatures to begin September 1, 2024. Specialists in all historical periods, literary forms, and critical approaches are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have completed all PhD requirements by the start date.

Opportunities for teaching include courses in the candidate’s areas of specialization as well as introductory and advanced courses for majors and non-majors. Such opportunities also include teaching in interdisciplinary programs, including Africana Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Disability Studies, Women’s Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, and Honors College.

Please submit a cover letter that addresses both your teaching and scholarship, as well as a curriculum vitae and a statement of how your research and work in the classroom supports campus initiatives for diversity, equity, and inclusion to https://hofstra.peopleadmin.com/postings/2527 All applications received by November 1, 2023 will receive full consideration; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Search Committee will request a writing sample and three letters of recommendation from selected applicants.

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities. Our campus is within commuting distance of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and also host to local archives, including the African Americans on Long Island Collection. Hofstra also houses the Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We especially encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.

6. Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, USA). TT Assistant Professor of English. We welcome candidates with strong research and teaching profiles in the forms, history, and politics of 20th- and 21st-century African American literature. Specialists in all literary genres and critical approaches are encouraged to apply, particularly those working in or at the intersection of the Black avant-garde; Black optimism and/or Afropessimism; Afrofuturism and speculative literature; Queer and Trans of color critique; Black feminisms; archives and memory studies; affect and psychoanalysis; or Black digital humanities. Work that expands the definition of African American literature using global, oceanic, or hemispheric frameworks or comparative race and ethnic studies is welcome, as are interdisciplinary approaches that will expose our students to the many methodological possibilities of Black studies. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received before November 17 will receive full consideration. TT and FT. Apply at https://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/26585.

The successful candidate will teach at a university that has made social justice central to its vision (http://www.luc.edu/mission/) and will join an intellectual community with faculty doing interdisciplinary work in textual studies and digital humanities, gender and sexuality studies, and critical race theory (http://www.luc.edu/english/). The position involves teaching undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses in our MA and PhD programs. The successful candidate will pursue a strong program of scholarship and engage in service at the department level or above. The candidate will have a PhD in English or a closely related field, or have a plan in place to defend by May 2024. Apply athttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/26585

7. Mercer University (Macon, GA, USA). TT Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies: postcolonial, Caribbean, or Anglophone African/African Diaspora literature. TT and FF. Mercer University invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies (tenure track) with a specialization in postcolonial, Caribbean, or Anglophone African/African Diaspora literature. The load for this position is six courses per year: two writing instruction courses in Mercer’s integrative studies program, and four survey or upper-division courses cross-listed with English and Africana Studies.  We can also offer you the opportunity to teach summer travel courses in Mercer’s distinctive Mercer on Mission program. This position is part of a cluster hire focusing on Africana Studies. We seek candidates who can show excellence in teaching; an ongoing research agenda; and administrative strength.  We are especially interested in candidates who have life experiences relevant to teaching and mentoring students of color and first-generation college students; who have experience with writing instruction; or who are qualified to teach in the creative writing program.

Qualifications: A PhD in English, Literature, or a closely related field from an accredited college/university is required. ABD candidates will be given full consideration but must be hired as an instructor until the PhD degree is awarded. Review of applications is ongoing and ends November 1, 2023. Start date August 1, 2024. More info and application at https://merceruniversity.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/external/job/Macon-GA--31207/Assistant-Professor-of-English-and-Africana-Studies_F25-014

8. Mercer University (Macon, GA, USA). Mercer University invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies (tenure track), with a specialization in any area of African-American literature. The load for this position is six courses per year: two writing-instruction courses in Mercer’s integrative studies program, one or two sections of Introduction to Africana Studies, and two or three survey or upper-division courses cross-listed with English and Africana Studies.  We can also offer you the opportunity to teach summer travel courses in Mercer’s distinctive Mercer on Mission program. This position is part of a cluster hire focusing on Africana Studies. We seek candidates who can show excellence in teaching; an ongoing research agenda; and administrative strength.  We are especially interested in candidates who have life experiences relevant to teaching and mentoring students of color and first-generation college students; who have experience with writing instruction; or who are qualified to teach in the creative writing program.

Qualifications: A PhD in English, Literature, or a closely related field from an accredited college/university is required. ABD candidates will be given full consideration but must be hired as an instructor until the PhD degree is awarded. Review of applications is ongoing and ends November 1, 2023. Start date August 1, 2024. For more information and application, visit https://merceruniversity.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/external/job/Macon-GA--31207/Assistant-Professor-of-English-and-Africana-Studies_F25-015

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

FT/PT: Full-Time or Part-Time

9. Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR). Assistant Professor of Multi-Ethnic American Literature. Deadline Oct. 15, 2023 FT/TT

The School of Writing, Literature and Film at Oregon State University invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in 20th and 21st century American Literatures with specialization in African-American, Latinx-, or Asian-American Literatures beginning Fall 2024. We especially welcome candidates with a clear commitment to inclusive pedagogies and fostering access for marginalized, underrepresented students. Information of the job application is available here: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/143522

This Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position consists of teaching (45%), research (45%), and service (10%). The teaching load is five courses over three quarters annually (fall, winter, and spring terms). Teaching responsibilities include lower-division undergraduate literature courses, upper-division courses, and/or graduate seminars in relevant literary traditions, including topics of the candidate’s design. Mentoring of students is expected, including advising of graduate students in our MA program in Literature and Culture. We seek a candidate whose scholarship adds to the intellectual vibrancy of our community, and that shows potential for distinction in their field. The position includes mentoring and support for advancing one’s scholarship. Service includes committee work for the School and College.

All candidates must have a strong record of teaching and a Ph.D. in Literature, or a closely related field, by the time of appointment. Additional information about our curriculum and faculty can be found at the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film website: https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/wlf.

Oregon State University is a public R1 land-grant institution committed to public outreach and engagement and motivated by diversity, inclusion, and social justice. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to these core values.

10. University of Tampa (Tampa, FL), Assistant Professor of Black Studies (African-American Literature, African Diaspora, Black Cultural Studies), FT/TT

The Department of English and Writing within the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Tampa invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Black Studies position to begin in August 2024.

We are particularly interested in scholars of African-American literature, African diasporas, and or Black cultural studies. We welcome theoretically informed research that adopts transnational or activist approaches. The candidate’s teaching specializations will complement existing departmental strengths in American literature, gender, sexuality, and colonialism.

Our recently redesigned major in English includes courses on identity and difference, revolutions and rebellions, literary history, and theory; the new hire will have the opportunity to design course content in these areas and others and to shape curricular development in the major.

The new hire will be expected to teach 24 credits each year, typically divided into three courses per semester. The course load will be evenly split between literature and Academic Writing. The University of Tampa, an independent, private institution, is committed to diversity and academic freedom. We particularly seek candidates whose writing, experiences, and interests give voice to historically underrepresented communities. The successful candidate must show promise of scholarly achievement and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level in literature and academic writing. Teaching responsibilities in literature include courses at all levels.

To apply, visit https://utampa.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Faculty/job/Tampa/Assistant-Professor-of-English-and-Writing_R0007867.

Please contact the search chair, Dr. Arthur Hollist, at ohollist@ut.edu if you have any questions.

11. Weber State University (Ogden, UT, USA). Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English: Multi-Ethnic American Literature. TT and FT. Review of applications will begin Oct. 25, 2023. Start date is July 1, 2024. More info and application at: https://jobs.weber.edu/postings/20967

12. Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA, USA). Assistant Professor, English Department, TT and FT. The English Department at Westmont College invites applicants for an Americanist with interests in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. Start date for this position is August 2024. Review of applications will begin October 2023. https://www.westmont.edu/office-provost/open-positions



Word on the Street[]

Colby College

Any word on Colby?

  • 2/5 None here, but I applied on the last possible day (Jan.30)
  • 2/15 invitation for Zoom interview
  • 2/29 Any news on campus visits? I know they're inviting only two finalists..

SUNY New Paltz

Any word on interviews or campus visits at New Paltz?

-Any word about U. Richmond? Interviews at Oregon State held (12/7)

-Austin Peay campus visit request 12/15

CSU LA

-Had first round interview 12/14 and heard they were checking references this week after the interview, but haven't heard from them. Anyone get a campus invite? x2

Howard[]

−Any update on Howard, app due 12/1? (12/16)

-Still no word? (2/4)

-Interview requests sent out on 1/22 (2/4)

Clemson[]

Request for new material from Clemson (11/2)

Loyola Maryland[]

Request for new material Loyola Maryland (11/3)

-also got request for more materials from Loyola Maryland 11/3, no interview as of yet 11/19. Interview invitation 12/4. Did you receive the request by email or phone? By email.

-Any word on campus visits?

Bryn Mawr[]

- I got a request for more material from Bryn Mawr (10/25) - also not listed here, but AA lit - but have not heard anything re: interviews. Anyone else?

-I also heard from Bryn Mawr for additional materials on 10/25 but haven't heard since either. Anyone get an interview?x2 Also got request for more materials on 10/25, as of 11/19 no interview. x5 - Still nothing (11/28). Any news on Bryn Mawr? -Search chair called to extend invitation to interview on 11/28

Willamette[]

-Heard from Willamette for an AA lit job for more materials (10/10) but nothing since. Anyone heard from them? Interview request from Williamette yesterday.

Washington University[]

I received an e-mail regarding the Assistant Professorship in African American Literature at Wash. U. in St. Louis informing me that I have not made it past the first round. (11/9)x2

Hofstra[]

  • Request for new materials from Hofstra (11/13). x3 (received mine 11/14). Any updates?
  • Interview request, 12/14x3
  • Any word about campus visits? (1/9)
  • No word on campus visits as of 1/14. Anyone else?
    • I know someone who got invited for a campus visit
  • Search committee chair called to extend campus visit invites 1/10

Hamilton[]

-Has anyone heard anything from Hamilton? A bit early, maybe. Another person curious about Hamilton: haven't hear as of 11/20.

  • Request for additional materials from Hamilton (11/20) x3
  • Any further word from Hamilton? Any interview requests? (12/7)
  • Zoom interview request (12/22) x4
  • Any campus visit requests?
    • Not here (1/14). Anything (1/17)?
    • Campus invitation 1/16
    • Anyone get an offer? (2/4)

Mississippi State[]

- Zoom interview and more material requested form Mississippi State (11/13)x3

  • Any further word from Mississippi State? (12/5) Nothing for me, but imagine campus visits are being scheduled soon? (12/7) Campus Visit invite 12/8

Missouri[]

-Request for additional Materials University of Missouri (10/21); interview request 11/17—–anyone get an offer?

-I was informed via email (3/26) that another candidate has been selected for this position.

Minnesota, Twin Cities[]

-Request for additional Materials University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (11/1), but no word on interviews yet; interviews on 11/27 & 11/28; any news on campus invites? Got campus invite 12/7----Anyone get an offer?

Rutgers[]

Has anyone heard from Rutgers? I haven't heard from them as of 11/30; received call form dept admin to schedule Zoom interview 12/5

Columbia[]

Has anyone heard from Columbia? I haven't heard from them as of 11/30.

-Interview request (12/11) x2

Southern Methodist University[]

Request for additional materials from SMU (11/17) x2 Any updates re: interviews? (12/1) Interview request (12/1)

- Received rejection e-mail from SMU (11/27)

- Any updates on campus visits? (12/21) Rejection after interview (12/22)

Memphis[]

Request for add. materials from Memphis (11/17); Interview request (11/28) x2 (mine came in 12/4)

- Any updates on campus visits? (12/14)

- They said invites would likely go out next week (wk of 12/18); visits take place in late Jan/early Feb

- They said to wait for an e-mail update, but my application status has changed to “Not Under Consideration at This Time.” Anyone get an invite? (12/19)

- No word for me, but my application status is still "Approved for Interview" (12/19). Anyone else?

- Any updates? (12/22) Campus visit invite (12/22) --> was your interview request for the job in Southern Studies? I note that this isn't listed under "North American Regional," but was wondering if it was the same position.

-Any news on offers? (2/17)

Loyola U Chicago[]

Request for additional materials from Loyola U. Chicago (11/18)

  • ^Re: Loyola Chicago -- do you mind my asking when-ish you applied? I know they closed on the 16th but were reviewing apps on a rolling basis
  • Same question as above about Loyola Chicago. I applied on their closing date.
  • OP: second-to-last day, but I also took them at their word and didn't upload the optional materials with my app; thinking they just wanted those.
  • Another person: got a materials request from LUC on 11/27.
  • Interview request from Loyola Chicago on 12/4 x2
  • Any word on campus visits?
  • 1/24: email that campus invites were sent out, though my app is still "active"

Sewanee[]

if anyone hears anything from/about The University of the South (Sewanee), would appreciate an update!

- Request for additional materials from Sewanee (11/20) X2. Any word since? (12/9) I have not heard anything. (12/10) Anything this week (12/14)? None for me (12/16)     

- Zoom interview request (12/20)

Any word on campus visits for Sewanee? None here, iirc they said that the last interviews were happening on the 16th (1/25) Followed up last week and got no reply, feels safe to assume they’re ghosting non-campus-invitees (1/29)

Ohio Wesleyan[]

Request for more materials from Ohio Wesleyan (11/9) x2 Any more word from Ohio Wesleyan?

Centre College[]

Zoom interview invitation from Centre College (11/20)

Any news on campus visits?

offer accepted

Appalachian State[]

Has anyone heard from Appalachian State? Any updates?

  • Zoom interview request (12/21)
  • Any one hear about campus visits (1/13)? Not yet (1/15)
  • Any invites out? Biting my nails :) (1/17)
  • Campus visit invite 1/17
  • Any updates? (3/3)
  • Any word on an offer? (3/22)

Auburn[]

Has anyone heard from Auburn? Not yet (12/1) Zoom interview request (12/4). Any one hear about Campus visits?

Yes, campus visit invite, to be late January/early February (12/15)

Any word after campus visits? (2/11))

Lafayette[]

Has anyone heard about Lafayette or Trinity?

- Lafayette rejection email (12/8) x4

- Did anyone get some version of "yes" from Lafayette? Just surprised by the number of rejections I've heard about through the grapevine.

- got an invitation for interview (12/8) x3

- any campus visits for Lafayette?

- campus visit invite (12/22)

Toronto[]

Any requests from Toronto? Anyone heard anything here (12/7)? Still nothing (12/22)? Zoom interviews happened in the first week of December.

Wayne State University[]

- Any updates?

-Still nothing? (3/22)

- Rejection (5/10)

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