Assistant Professor of English; African American Literature

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, specializing in African American literature. The position begins on July 1, 2018.

We are particularly interested in candidates who also bring expertise in one or more of the following areas: U. S. ethnic literatures, comparative race studies, gender and sexuality studies, film and visual culture, and hemispheric and oceanic studies. An additional consideration is the ability to contribute to the College’s interdisciplinary programs (such as Gender and Women’s Studies and Africana Studies) and centers for interdisciplinary scholarship (the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment, the Toor-Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity).

The teaching load includes introductory and advanced courses in African American literature; introductory courses required for the major, which all members of the department teach; occasional historical surveys of U.S. literature; and courses contributing to the College’s Connections program. ABD required, Ph.D. preferred by August 2018.

The successful candidate will join an English department with an established concentration in race and ethnicity, as well as commitments to the study of English as a global language and to interdisciplinary study. With this position, we hope to continue our commitment to joining aesthetic and cultural concerns. With existing ties to many of the interdisciplinary programs and centers listed above, the English Department at Connecticut College is a flexible, transformative, and active influence on campus; we hope to continue this legacy with a new tenure-track colleague in African American literature.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity.

Tenure-track faculty members normally teach a 3-2 load. In addition to providing ongoing support for teaching and research, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a 2-2 teaching load in the first year, a research fund in the first two years, and a semester’s sabbatical (at full salary) after a successful third-year review. Further information regarding support for faculty research and teaching. Further information about the English Department.

Please submit, via Interfolio (, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, in which we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body, a sample syllabus, a 20-page writing sample, and three recent letters of recommendation.

Priority will be given to applications received by November 3, 2017. Questions may be addressed to Julie Rivkin, Chair, Department of English, at Interviews will be held at the MLA in January 2018 or by videoconference.