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Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Dominican University

Last Updated: 6/03/21

Job Description

The English Department at Dominican University, River Forest, seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor with a specialization in African American literature for a position beginning Fall 2021 (August 15, 2021). The instructor will teach 3 classes in fall and spring semesters (6 classes total). Preferred specialization in black world studies and literature. Candidates must also be prepared to teach in the first-year Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking course sequence; these skills-based courses are taught through disciplinary content chosen by the instructor.

Successful candidates will have a record of supporting first-generation and Black and Latinx student populations with demonstrated effectiveness in helping students build criti­cal skills in reading and writing, while also promoting justice and preparing students for professional lives upon graduation. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to inclusive teaching and community building. The appointment is for one year, with a possibility of extending to a second year. While there is some flexibility in class modalities, such as face-to-face, hybrid, and online, the instructor needs to be able to be present on campus in person during the academic year 2021-22 (August 15, 2021-May 15, 2022) in order to participate in the on-campus community of teaching, learning, and service.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or ABD) in English literature, with a focus on African American literature and related fields, and teaching experience.


Apply at Please provide a cover letter and resume/CV that includes a list of at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2021.

Official transcripts will be required of finalists; submission instructions will be provided to applicants as necessary. An offer will be pending a background screening.

For questions, email search committee chair Jane Hseu at

About Dominican University:

Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of nearly 3,200 students. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, with 37% of undergraduates first generation in college, 69% female, 61% Hispanic of Any Race, and 5% Black/African- American. Dominican University’s mission, in part, is to prepare students to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. Toward that end, the university is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. For more information about Dominican University, see

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We look forward to a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

Company Details

River Forest, Illinois, United States