Visiting Assistant Professor of English in African-American Literature

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Position Overview

The Department of English at The University of the South invites applications for a visiting assistant professor who specializes in African-American literature. This position will start in August 2022. While this position is for one year, there is the possibility of extension or conversion to tenure-track.

Position Description

Teaching load is six courses per year (five if moved to the tenure-track), a combination of upper-level courses and our English 101, a literature and composition course. The College provides strong support for research and faculty development, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching; the English Department has specific plans for the mentorship of the VAP in both their teaching and research, including participation in our faculty writing group, classroom observations, and syllabus preparation.

Attributes of a Successful Candidate

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in English or related field in hand at the time of appointment, experience in and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, and a promising research agenda. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to one or more of the following: American Literature broadly conceived, African Diaspora, Southern Studies, or American Drama.

Supplemental Information

In addition to a letter of application, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts (unofficial accepted), and contact information for three references to submit confidential e-letters of recommendation. A writing sample will be required for a second round.


Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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