Assistant Professor of 19th-Century African American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon's Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in 19th-Century African American Literature to begin fall 2018. We seek candidates specializing in any aspect of African American literature and culture before 1900. We welcome applications from scholars working on print culture, periodization, the recovery of understudied texts, or any other aspects of the tradition. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of African American Studies, we welcome applicants who draw on performance studies, gender and sexuality studies, archival studies, disability studies, or other methodologies. We are especially interested in candidates who would contribute to the department's demonstrated strengths in ethnic American literary studies, environmental humanities, and digital humanities. Competitive applicants will be capable of outstanding research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

We offer students a broad foundation in British, American, and Anglophone literary studies, as well as intensive coursework in specific fields and methodologies. In recent years, the Department of English has collaborated with units across the College of Arts and Sciences in a Black Studies cluster hire; a Food Studies undergraduate minor and graduate specialization; a Disability Studies minor; a Native Studies minor, a graduate specialization in Politics, Culture, and Identity; the departmentalization of Cinema Studies; and a postdoctoral fellowship in Ethnic American Literature.

Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in English, African American Studies, American Studies, or a related field in hand by time of appointment. Salary is competitive.

Candidates may apply at by submitting an application letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample of approximately 20 pages, and three letters of recommendation by November 1, 2017. If you are unable to use this online resource, please contact to arrange alternate means of submitting application materials. The search committee will begin reading applications on November 1, 2017; conduct Skype interviews with candidates mid-late December 2017; and bring finalists to campus mid-January through February 2018.

The Department of English is dedicated to building a diverse faculty and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from racially, ethnically, economically, or otherwise diverse backgrounds. We request that applicants include in their cover letter information about how they will further equity and inclusion in our department and on our campus. In particular, candidates should describe previous activities mentoring students who identify as African American, Black, or multi-racial. Candidates should also note experience mentoring members of other historically underrepresented groups as well as women of any race or ethnicity.

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a "very high research activity" ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

Position ID: Oregon-English-AFRAM [#9671]
Position Title:  Assistant Professor
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Eugene, Oregon 97403-1286, United States [map]
Subject Area:  English / African American Literature
Appl Deadline: (posted 2017/09/06, updated 2017/09/01, listed until 2017/11/01)
Position Description:   Apply


Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample, 20 pgs
  • Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site)

And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:

Department of English
1286 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1286

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