Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor of African-American Literature and/or Poetics

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Posting Details

Job Type Faculty
Position Title Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor of African-American Literature and/or Poetics
Department Name 12201-English
Position Number 0002618
Position Details

We anticipate filling a position in African American Literature and/or Poetics at the Assistant or Advanced Assistant level, to begin Fall 2018, pending budgetary approval. Our department is undertaking a hiring initiative this year in African American media, culture, and writing. We seek a candidate whose work demonstrates innovative approaches to critical questions in black studies, and who shares the department’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
Specializations may include, but are not limited to literature and science, visuality, material culture, digital humanities, print culture, histories of slavery, the black Atlantic, and transnationalism. A PhD in English, American Studies or a relevant area is required by September 2018. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach courses in 19th Century African American Literature, as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in their area of expertise. The candidate will also help to develop the department’s Race, Poetics, Empire graduate focal area and would be affiliated with the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

Teaching load is normally 4 courses per year. Salary is competitive. Tenure is awarded for excellence in research, teaching and service.

Application Process

To apply, please visit and supply the following materials by October 31, 2017.

1) Cover letter
2) CV
3) Names of three references

Selected candidates will be invited to submit additional materials, including examples of scholarly work, letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio. We plan to interview at the MLA conference in January 2018 but can arrange Skype interviews for those unable to attend.

For questions about the position, please contact the Director of the Literature Program in the English Department, Hannah Johnson, at No application materials can be accepted via this e-mail address.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Date Posted 10/02/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 12/02/2017
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