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Assistant Professor: Black Atlantic Literature and Culture

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University seeks a scholar of Black Atlantic and/ or Diasporic Literature and Culture for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. 


We are open to relevant areas of specialization or secondary concentration that might include, but are not limited to, the literatures and languages of the Caribbean, post-colonial literature and theory, and the literatures of Atlantic-adjacent countries or regions. SDSU’s English and Comparative Literature department offers a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including several in creative writing, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to contribute to the department’s broad commitment to diversity by meeting curricular needs and proposing new areas of study. The successful candidate will have a record of professional success and publication(s) in relevant areas. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is preferred. To ensure full consideration, please submit completed applications by 31 October 2023. The position will remain open until it is filled.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

Application Instructions

Apply via Interfolio. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, a writing sample (20 pages maximum), student evaluations from 2-3 recent classes, and names and contact information of three (3) references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.