Position: Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies
The Department of English at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank in African American studies, to begin in August 2019. The department seeks a scholar-teacher focused on African American literature. In addition to this primary focus, we encourage intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches to content and methods, and we welcome commitments to gender studies, queer studies, and transatlantic or global studies. Additional possible areas of expertise may include (but are not limited to): literatures of the African diaspora, ethnic literatures of the Americas, African American rhetorics, new media studies, hip hop studies, and digital humanities.
Candidates should demonstrate evidence of scholarly accomplishment and promise, as well as commitment to teaching that aligns with the University's mission and core values of access, inclusion, and community engagement. A PhD in a relevant field is required by the time of appointment.
Working in UMSL's English Department and the College of Arts of Sciences
The English Department's newly launched undergraduate curriculum facilitates innovative teaching and mentoring. We also feature active MA and MFA programs, with courses at all levels in creative writing, literature, composition, rhetoric, and related fields including linguistics, film studies, gender studies, and disability studies. The department is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, which supports collaboration in research, teaching, and service. The College offers a range of interdisciplinary programs, including African/African American Studies, American Studies, Latinx Studies, Gender Studies, and Veterans Studies. College faculty also regularly offer courses through the Pierre Laclede Honors College and the Center for International Studies.
Early career and research-intensive faculty typically teach two courses per semester. In the undergraduate major, these might include upper-level classes in African American studies, surveys in American literature, or other courses in the area of specialization. At the graduate level, teaching would include African American literary or cultural studies, and topical courses based on expertise, research interests, and programmatic needs. The optimal candidate would contribute to our existing degree programs and help the department to develop new offerings.
About UMSL and Saint Louis
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