Auburn, Alabama

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Assistant Professor (English, African American Literature)

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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.

Auburn University is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In the 2021 edition of the U.S. News and World Report, it was ranked 40th among public universities. Highly research-active, with a Carnegie R1 classification, and committed to maintaining teaching excellence, with graduate and undergraduate degrees offered in more than 200 academic programs, Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. Located in a moderate climate, Auburn is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Montgomery. 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

PhD in English, African American Studies, or related field by the August 2022 at the time employment begins, with a specialization in African American literature and culture; 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

Record of publication in the field; successful experience teaching African American literature at the college/university level; an ability to generate and teach new courses to expand the department's curricular offerings; and a demonstrable commitment to teaching, research, and service.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on October 27, 2021.

Applications will be accepted online at Please submit the following documents: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; statement of teaching philosophy; contact information for three recommenders; and transcripts (official transcripts required only upon hire).

Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples"

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    Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

    Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. Our fall 2014 semester enrollment was 25,912. Our students can choose from more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.

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