Assistant Professor in English and Africana Studies: African and African American Literature an...

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Assistant Professor in English and Africana Studies: African and African American Literature and Culture

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications:

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by December 1, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (December 1, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

English and Africana Studies are historically linked departments with a long and deep tradition of collaboration in shared courses, graduate supervision, faculty association, and public programming. We are seeking to attract a diverse pool of job applicants for this position. A key pillar of URI’s mission is to “inspire an enlightened community that is characterized by vibrant cultural diversity; that embraces difference; that is built upon a learning environment that fosters respect, understanding, and social justice; and that rejects prejudice and intolerance.” Our departments seek candidates whose principles align with that mission. Duties and Responsibilities:

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in African and African American literature and culture.

Maintain a record of publication in the field.

Advise students.

Contribute to department, college, and university governance, public outreach, and service.


1. Must possess or be near completion of a Ph.D. in English, African American Studies, Comparative Literature, American Studies, or an appropriate related field (ABD candidates will be expected to complete their degrees before 1 September 2022).

2. Demonstrated specialization in African, African American, and/or African Diaspora literature and culture.

3. Demonstrated ability to excel in teaching.

4. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

1. Specialization in West African literature.

2. Specialization in one or more of the following areas: (a. transnational and global approaches;
b. comparative ethnicity and race studies; c. Digital Humanities; or d. Public Humanities).

3. Peer-reviewed publications.


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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent


African& Afro-American Studies


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 4 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application (no single attachment should be larger than 9 MB):

(#1) A letter of application, which includes a paragraph detailing your experience with and commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the areas of higher education applicable to this position.

(#2) Curriculum Vitae, which includes the names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references..

(#3) A sample of recent critical writing of 20-30 pages (as one complete document).

(#4) Combine as first “Other Document”: two course syllabi.

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