Assistant/Associate Professor of English

Assistant/Associate Professor of English: African American and/or African Literary Studies. Tenure-track. Starting August 2021.

The English Department at Allegheny College invites applications for a specialist in African American and African Diasporic Literatures interested in joining a vibrant program dedicated to outstanding undergraduate education in literature and creative writing. Our faculty are active scholars and exemplary teachers, who receive strong institutional support for ongoing professional development, travel, and research. Allegheny College is dedicated to a balanced teacher-scholar model that lies at the core of Liberal Arts colleges.

Our future colleague will be an active scholar-teacher whose work and professional interests demonstrate an earnest engagement with a diverse world, with a particular emphasis on African American and/or African Diasporic literatures. Our ideal future colleague will also be able to teach broadly in American literature. While primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Department of English, Allegheny College has committed ongoing resources to build faculty cohorts with expertise in race, gender, and/or social justice who could contribute to the core curriculum in one (or more) of three interdisciplinary programs:  Black Studies, Community & Justice Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.  This position will be in the cohort program and applicants are asked to demonstrate how their teaching and research experience intersects with one (or more of) these fields in their submitted materials; we have particular interest in candidates whose work is conversant with Black Studies. Faculty in the cohort program will be appointed in the hiring department, for this position the Department of English, with clearly established guidelines and evaluation processes for contributions to other program(s).  The cohort program will offer professional development opportunities, and we welcome teacher-scholars who are enthusiastic about collaborating with faculty colleagues and mentoring undergraduate students in the above interdisciplinary areas.

All Allegheny faculty teach in the college-wide first-year/sophomore seminars and advise senior projects. The teaching load is 3/3, with course releases earned for Senior Project advising.

Qualifications: Ph.D., a promising record of scholarly engagement in the candidate’s specialty area, and college teaching experience. Strong candidates will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education, including pedagogy and experience consistent with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Allegheny College is a highly selective private liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania with an increasingly diverse student body. We take seriously our responsibility to increase the diversity of our dedicated faculty, recognizing that diversity is an integral aspect of high quality education. Allegheny College is deeply committed to creating an inclusive community that actively challenges racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of bias (see Allegheny College Statement of Community). Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, and diversity statement (describing how you incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, research, and/or service), by email to Matthew Ferrence, Chair of English, at englishjobs@allegheny.edu. Writing samples and letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2020, with short-listed candidates invited to interview via teleconference, followed by either virtual or in-person campus visits, depending on conditions in early 2021.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Allegheny College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.

Posted:  October 5, 2020