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Assistant Professor of English in African-American Literature

Job description

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. Candidates with secondary specializations in gender and sexuality studies, contemporary literature, or diaspora and/or postcolonial studies are particularly welcomed. This individual must have a strong teaching record as well as a promising research agenda. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate courses; all members of the Department contribute to Winthrop’s innovative general education core, which includes courses in Composition; The Human Experience; and Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Teach the equivalent of four courses each semester, including courses in the general education core as well as upper-division courses and graduate courses in African American literature
  • Develop curriculum, new courses, and topics classes for our B.A. and M.A. programs
  • Collaborate with our interdisciplinary African American Studies Program to develop courses and programming
  • Pursue productive research in the discipline and promote undergraduate and graduate research
  • Engage with students from diverse backgrounds; 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 contact with students, faculty, and staff on campus. Additionally, the successful candidate should be able to work with the outside community as needed.

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, 2019


Candidate Qualifications

  • 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 16, 2019.

Application Instructions

Review of applicants will begin on October 29, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please see http://www.winthrop.edu/hr/.

Required materials:

  • Application letter, evidence of responsibilities and qualifications, and a statement of “teaching philosophy”
  • curriculum vitae
  • sample of representative written work (article or chapter-length contribution)
  • three current letters of recommendation, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses, from persons who know the candidate professionally
  • all graduate transcripts and evidence of highest degree achieved (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial review; official transcripts are required prior to final appointment)


About Winthrop University

In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level.

Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Rock Hill is home to a broad and expansive regional arts, business, and civic community. It has been recognized by the National League of Cities as a model for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in the community. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence, including the ongoing Knowledge Park development. 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, and is complemented by the world-class recreational facilities in Rock Hill. 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.

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.


Application Process

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Posted: 10/22/2018
Application Due: 12/21/2018
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