Assistant Professor - African American Literature

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 03, 2021
Jun 14, 2022
Full Time
Assistant Professor - African American LiteratureThe Department of English at George Mason University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in African American literature. George Mason University is Virginia's largest public research university, with an R-1 rating. Our student body reflects a multiplicity of races, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and classes, hailing from over 130 countries. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. About the Department:The Department of English offers undergraduates the opportunity to concentrate in a range of areas: Literature, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Folklore and Mythology, Film and Media Studies, Linguistics, and Writing and Rhetoric. Along with a BA, we award the only BFA in Virginia. Our graduate curriculum includes MA and MFA programs in several disciplines, along with Ph.D. programs in Linguistics and Writing and Rhetoric. The majority of our classes are small (25 students or fewer), creating the feel of a small liberal arts college while simultaneously providing students the benefits that come with studying at Virginia's largest state university. For additional information about our department, please visit About the Position:The 2-2 course load will include undergraduate African American literature surveys and advanced courses in the candidate's area of specialization; graduate surveys and topic-driven seminars; and introductory general literature survey courses. As fully invested department citizens, faculty members are also expected to attend faculty meetings and contribute other service as required. Our new colleague will not only help us grow and develop our existing programs but also introduce us to exciting potential new directions. Required Qualifications: A doctorate in English or an allied field, with evidence of completion by August 2022;Demonstrated expertise in Twentieth/Twenty-first Century African American Women's Literature, Criticism and Theory;Command of at least one of the following genres: fiction, poetry, or drama; Demonstrate potential for excellence in scholarship;Strong capacities and dedication to undergraduate and graduate teaching; andCommitment to inclusivity and engaged mentoring. Preferred Qualifications: Secondary expertise in the modern literatures of the African Diaspora (e.g., Caribbean and/or African Literatures); and Interest in forging connections within and beyond the GMU community.

Priority will be given to candidates who submit their applications by December 1, 2021. Virtual interviews will be conducted in early January 2022, with a final round of interviews to occur shortly thereafter. For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload the following: A letter of application (cover letter), which addresses the following: the candidate's research/research agenda; teaching philosophy and experience; and potential contributions to the University's commitment toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. A Curriculum Vitae Writing sample(s) not to exceed 30 pagesThe names of three professional references (including their position and contact information)

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