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Department of English Language and Literature

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University of South Carolina, Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies Program

Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Cultures

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 2019).

All applicants must complete an online application at: Candidates need to include

  • a full CV
  • letter of interest
  • writing sample
  • a list of three references with contact information
  • and provide complete reference information on the application

For full consideration, all application materials must be received no later than Oct. 29, 2018.
Inquiries about the search may be directed to the search committee chair Qiana Whitted at

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

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