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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

JOB: Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Culture

The Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina invite applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship in African American Literature and Culture.

Candidates should demonstrate an active engagement with the theories and methodologies currently informing the discipline of African American Studies and the study of African American literatures and cultures. These methodologies might include (but are not limited to) critical race, feminist, queer, postcolonial, psychoanalytic, rhetorical, and/or materialist approaches. We welcome applications from qualified candidates working in any genre or period. Regardless of specialization, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach core courses in the undergraduate African American Studies curriculum as well as contribute to major and graduate courses in his/her research area. A Ph.D. is required by time of appointment (August 2017).

To apply, please submit a CV, letter of interest, writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation to Qiana Whitted, Search Committee Chair, by following this link:

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of South Carolina’s main campus is located in the state capital, close to the mountains and the coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 32 private academic institutions with “very high research activity” and also lists USC as having strong focus on community engagement. The University has over 31,000 students on the main campus (and over 46,000 students system-wide), more than 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.