Assistant/Associate Professor of English, African American Literature

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Salary is competitive and dependent on academic qualifications
Sep 19, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Purpose: The Department of English at Winthrop University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to teach in our B.A. and M.A. programs. Specialization should be in African-American Literature of any period. Theoretical approaches might include gender and sexuality studies, diaspora studies, literary and cultural studies, and/or postcolonial studies. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate courses and contributions to Winthrop’s innovative general education core (Composition; The Human Experience; and Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing). This individual must have both a strong teaching record and a promising research agenda.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Teach the equivalent of four courses each semester, including a focus on courses in the general education core, as well as upper-division courses and graduate courses in the area of specialization
  • Develop curriculum and new courses for our B.A. and M.A. programs
  • Pursue productive research in the discipline and promote undergraduate and graduate research
  • Advise and mentor English majors
  • Participate in professional service activities for the department, college, and university
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Environment: This position requires daily contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate will be required to have the ability to work with the outside community, local public schools, other universities, and international schools/companies/partners. The role includes the opportunity to work with our African American Studies Program.

Employment Conditions: A nine-month, full-time tenure-track appointment with faculty rank. Salary is competitive and dependent on academic qualifications.

Position Availability: August 16, 2018

About Winthrop University

Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.



  • Ph.D.* in English with specialization in African American Literature
  • Evidence of excellence in the area of Student Intellectual Development, including superior teaching skills and commitment to student learning
  • Evidence in the area of Scholarly Activity, including an ongoing program of research and publication
  • Evidence in the area of Professional Stewardship, including engagement with the discipline, profession, campus, and community
  • Ability to collaborate with other programs and disciplines

*ABDs may be considered for appointment in a non-tenure track position at the rank of Instructor if all degree requirements are not completed by the expected start date of August 14, 2018.


Application Instructions

  • Review of applicants will begin on October 25, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please see
  • Required materials:
    1. Application letter, evidence of responsibilities and qualifications, and a statement of “teaching philosophy”
    2. curriculum vitae
    3. sample of representative written work (article or chapter-length contribution)
    4. three current letters of recommendation
    5. names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses, if available, of at least three persons who know the candidate professionally
    6. all graduate transcripts and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial review; official transcripts are required prior to final appointment)

Background Check Statement: Winthrop University is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a student loan default check, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.