The Ball State University Department of English has a full-time tenure track position available starting in the fall 2023 academic year.
The Assistant Professor of English will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in African American literature and African American Studies; publish peer-reviewed research in area(s) of specialization; and contribute to the major, minor, and graduate degrees in English and to the minor in African American Studies.
The Department of English offers majors and minors in literature, creative writing, professional writing, linguistics, and English Education. African American Studies is a growing program that currently offers a minor exploring both contemporary and historical issues. Students in both programs work with creative, dedicated faculty to explore a variety of texts and contexts, with an eye to becoming better writers, more innovative thinkers, and more thoughtful citizens.
At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
- Teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization.
- Teaching a wide range of courses in English and African American Studies as appropriate to the candidate’s expertise.
- Ongoing scholarly publication; service as appropriate.
- Completion of PhD in English or related discipline by time of appointment, with specialization in African American literature.
- Record of effective teaching in African American Studies or related fields.
- Record of publications and/or presentations in African American Literature.
Employer will consider sponsorship.
- Demonstrated research expertise in African American Studies or related fields.
- Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: Indigenous Literatures, Hemispheric Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Digital Humanities.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/33093 . Include the following documents with your application: Curriculum Vitae, cover letter, and Inclusive Excellence Statement.
In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.
The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through 11/01/2022.
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