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African American Jobs 2011Edit

Not sure where to put this...did anyone apply for the Rutgers postdocs in African American literature, and hear anything back? It had a deadline of Feb. 1st....

Arizona State University (Barrett Honors College)Edit

  • Lecturer, Barrett Honors College
  • http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000666705-01
  • Qualifications: A PhD in any field of social sciences, (including interdisciplinary and area studies, e.g. African American studies), or natural sciences (including interdisciplinary programs, e.g., environmental science), is required. Applicants with specialties in Asia, Africa and Latin America and/or whose teaching and research engages diverse perspectives and contributes to knowledge about our multicultural society are particularly encouraged. Experience leading discussion seminars is desirable.
  • Deadline: March 4, 2011
  • Any word on this one?

Arizona State UniversityEdit

"Assistant Professor of English in African American Literature Required: PhD in English, African American Studies, or a related field; demonstrated college-level teaching experience and record of ongoing research and publications in the field appropriate to rank sought. Teaching load is 2/2 with significant research agenda; opportunities for teaching at undergraduate, MA, and PhD levels. Desired: Research and teaching expertise in early American, drama, contemporary literature, and literary or cultural theory."

LINK

Deadline: Nov. 12

Acknowledgment received: 12/8

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/2, 12/13 -- phone interview scheduled for 12/17

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Q on 1/31: 'Any word? The Renaissance page comments re: ASU are interesting.

A on 2/8: Not a thing.

Armstrong Atlantic State UniversityEdit

Link

"Tenure-track Assistant Professor of English in African American literature to begin August 2011. We are seeking an outstanding teacher and promising scholar to teach courses in African American literature, American literature, and African Diasporic literatures, as well as composition and introductory literature. The position also involves active involvement in our African American Studies Program."

Date: Review of applications will begin Wednesday, December 1, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: letters and transcript request 10/13, 11/17, 12/2

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: Phone interview 12/08

Campus interview scheduled: Any news since phone interviews?

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Bates College (ME)Edit

LINK

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in African American Literature

"The Bates College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in African American literature to begin Fall, 2011. Applications are welcome from scholars specializing in any period or subfield of African American literature. We are especially interested in candidates whose research interests include critical race studies, intersectional analyses, diasporic frameworks, and/or film and media studies, and for whom inclusiveness and diversity are educational goals."

Deadline: Review of applications will begin October 15, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received: email acknowledgment received 10/4x2

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/10

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Bentley University (MA)Edit

From MLA JIL:

"The Department of English and Media Studies at Bentley University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of English in African American Literature. We seek a candidate with a strong record of publication, an active research agenda, a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching, and evidence of leadership in areas related to diversity and inclusivity. Additional expertise in multi-ethnic American literature is highly desirable. Experience teaching expository writing is preferred. . . Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.bentley.edu/ by November 19, 2010. Please upload cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching philosophy, and three references. Please indicate if you will be available to be interviewed at the MLA Convention in Los Angeles (January 6–9, 2011)."

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA Interview scheduled 12/14 x2

Campus interview scheduled: 1/21

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Cal State NorthridgeEdit

From MLA JIL (11/24):

Tenure track. PhD in English; or African American or Black Studies; or American Studies; the degree to be awarded prior to August 17, 2011. We especially seek candidates specializing in 18th-19th Century and/or contemporary African American literature; African American literary criticism and theory; African American genres, including oral traditions. Desirable supporting areas may include women and gender studies, postcolonial studies, diaspora/migration studies, cultural studies. Specialists in Pan-African literatures will be considered if one or more of the primary areas of specialization are met. Successful candidate should expect to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in area of specialization, as well as general education courses. Evidence of teaching effectiveness required; publication desirable. Standard teaching load is 4/4, although competition-based reassigned time is normally available. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to working at a Learning-Centered University with a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse student population drawn largely from the Los Angeles area. Please review full job announcement on the department website. Interviews at MLA. Send letter of application, c.v., brief writing sample, dossier to Dr. Anthony Dawahare, Search Committee Chair; Department of English; CSUN; Northridge, CA 91330-8248. Initial consideration given to applications received by December 15, 2010, although position open until filled.

Deadline: December 15

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: 3/16/11

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/22 x3

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Postiion has been filled, according to rejection letter.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Q on 1/31: Has an offer been made yet? SC indicated CSUN would not conduct campus interviews.

Q on 2/26: Has anyone heard anything yet?!? Seriously...

3/10: Nary a peep.

3/23: Rejection letter received.

College of CharlestonEdit

From Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000648121-01

The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship to begin August 16, 2011. We are seeking a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in African American Studies or a related social science discipline. Area of specialization is open, but a strong preference will be given to applicants with research and teaching interests in one or more of the following: black feminist thought, theories of race and racial identity, or the social organizations of African Americans. The teaching load at the College of Charleston is 3/3; demonstrated teaching ability and an active research agenda is required. A Ph.D. by August 2011 in a relevant field is required. Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, letters from three academic referees, a short writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a teaching statement, evaluations and syllabi) by November 15, 2010 to: Dr. Conseula Francis, English Department, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424.


Deadline: November 15

Acknowledgment received: November 29; Dec 1

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/20

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

Anyone heard anything since MLA? 1/26

College of the Holy CrossEdit

From MLA JIL:

"The Department of English at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment to begin in August, 2011. Candidates are expected to offer a variety of courses in both 19th-Century and 20th-Century African American Literature. In addition to two upper-level African American courses per year, the candidate will be expected to teach 2 first year courses annually and one intermediate level Readings course yearly, introducing majors to a century or period. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching as well as scholarly achievement. Ph.D. required. This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for senior faculty."

Deadline: November 15

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: 12/2, 12/3

Rejection Letter: 12/17, 3/22 (by email)

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled, 12/13.

Campus interview scheduled: Campus visit scheduled 1/14

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Heard through the grapevine that an offer has been made and accepted 3/8

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Flagler College (FL)Edit

From MLA JIL (11/19):

The English Department at Flagler College invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 2011 with a specialization in American Literature and a secondary interest in African-American Literature. The teaching load is four classes per semester divided between general education courses and upper-level major courses. Other responsibilities include committee service and student advising.

Requirements include a completed Ph.D. or a documented completion date for ABDs, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching, and evidence of scholarly production with the promise of continued professional development. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Flagler is a private independent college with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students. The College is located in historic St. Augustine, FL, 35 miles south of Jacksonville and 55 miles north of Daytona Beach.

Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of recommendation with contact information to Dr. Alan Woolfolk, Dean of Academic Affairs, Flagler College, 74 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Application review will begin on December 8. Initial interviews will be conducted at the 2011 MLA Conference in Los Angeles.

Deadline: Dec. 8

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/18, 12/19

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes, per 3/21 rejection (according to 20-21 c. American 2011)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Do you mind saying if it's a phone interview or MLA? Thanks! A: It's an MLA interview.

To those who interviewed at MLA: Did they give you any sense of a timeline for decisions and/or campus interview invitations? Thank you so much. A: No info but just to let you know I'm also waiting anxiously to hear (but for Flager's Brit. lit. position). I loved this school and the interviewers. Fingers crossed for both of us. Reply: Thanks, Brit. Lit.! I loved the school and interviewers too. Best of luck to you!

Q on 1/31: Any word on this one?

Cross-posted at Early American 2011 & 20-21 c. American 2011

Florida State UniversityEdit

MLA JIL (11/12):

The FSU English Department invites applications for an Assistant Professor position, tenure-track, to begin in fall 2011. Principal areas of interest may include any of the following: African-American or African Diasporic literature and culture; Latino/a literature and culture; American Multiethnic literature and culture. Ph.D. in hand by beginning of appointment. Record of publication and /or prospects of future publication are crucial. 2/2 teaching assignment, normally with one graduate course per year. Competitive salary. Letter, CV, writing sample, and dossier to Maxine Montgomery, Department of English, PO Box 3061580, FSU, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580 by December 13.

Deadline: Dec. 13

Acknowledgment received: EEOC 12/14 x2

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/20

Campus interview scheduled: has anyone heard anything?

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Offer made and accepted.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • They (the professors) have no phones. Email only, due to budget cuts. I'd say that's not a good sign.

Also posted at Other Ethnic American 2011

Fontbonne University (MO)Edit

LINK

Fontbonne University seeks an Assistant Professor of English with a specialty in American literature. Duties include teaching four courses per semester, advising, participating in shared university governance, and working to advance a small but vigorous department that houses majors in English and communication studies. . . . The ability to teach courses in African-American literature, or women's literature, or to supervise teaching certification would be an advantage. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. This position is advertised pending available funding. Deadline for receipt of applications is November 15. Submit letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to: Professor Jason Sommer Department of English and Communication Fontbonne University 6800 Wydown Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63105-3098.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:


Fordham University (NY)Edit

From MLA JIL:

"Fordham University seeks a specialist in African American literature and culture for appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the English Department at the Lincoln Center campus. Desirable sub-specialties include film studies, performance studies, critical race theory, and/or early African American culture. We are looking for someone who will teach at all levels, from undergraduate core to seminars for PhD candidates. Please send letter of application and CV electronically to afamlit2010@fordham.edu and hard copies of the same to African American Search Committee chairs, English Department, Dealy Hall, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10548 by October 15, 2010."

Acknowledgment received: 12/10

Request for Additional Materials: References and Writing Sample requested via email 10/15 (x4) the same requested 10/19, 11/1 (x3), 11/4

Rejection Letter: 2/12

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: Got email request for interview 12/13 (x2)

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

12/7 has anyone heard anything yet

12/16 there are two positions. I got a request for more materials for the African American Studies position in the Af Am Dept. (x3)

^^^to the post above, does anyone know where the other position is listed on the wiki? anyword on the afam studies one beyond request for additional materials?

^^^ I haven't seen it on the wiki, but here's the email I received in October w/job description:

You may or may not be aware that Fordham is hiring two African Americanists

this year, one in the English Department and one in the African American
and African Studies Department. Both positions will be based at the Lincoln
Center campus. Some faculty are serving on both search committees, and
because of that are in a position to identify applications they consider
appropriate for either position. Accordingly, we would like to invite those
applicants who have applied for the position in English to also apply for
the position in the African American and African Studies Department as
well. Each application will be considered independently of the other.

The advertisement for the position in AAAS Department follows:



Fordham University invites applications for a specialist in African
American Studies for a tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor
level starting Fall 2011, at the Lincoln Center Campus. The African and
African American Studies Department is seeking an interdisciplinary scholar
whose research and teaching is focused on African American expressive
culture, or who is able to teach in areas such as Jazz Studies, Hip Hop
Studies, African American Visual Art or media representations. We are
especially interested in candidates whose work incorporates feminist
theory, gender and sexuality studies. A subfield in African American
history is desired. The Ph.D is required at time of appointment. The
successful candidate should have a strong interest in teaching on the
undergraduate level, and a well-defined research agenda.
Please send a letter of application and CV by email to Dr. Amir Idris at idris@fordham.edu and hard copies to: Chair, Search Committee, Department
of African and African American Studies, Fordham University, Lincoln
Center, 113 W. 60th Street, New York, NY 10023, Rm # 414E, by November 1,
2010.
Fordham University is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit
tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds.
Fordham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
----------------------

12/11 any news yet?

1/31 Has anybody heard anything about the AfAm job?

Furman University (SC)Edit

From MLA JIL:

"The Department of English at Furman University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in African-American and black diaspora literatures, beginning August 20ll. Candidates should have a commitment to teaching and scholarly excellence in a liberal arts setting, and Ph.D. by August 1, 2011. Teaching load is five undergraduate courses each year, including upper-level literature courses and first year seminars. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and 15-page writing sample as pdf or MS Word attachments by November 15 to africanamericanlit@furman.edu. Address application letter to Dr. Lynne Shackelford, Chair, Department of English, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613. Selected candidates will be invited to interview at the 2011 MLA Convention in Los Angeles."

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: dossier requested 11/17 x2

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled by phone, 12/18 x 2.

Campus interview scheduled: 1/21

Offer made: 2/24

Offer accepted: 3/10

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Has anyone gotten invited for an MLA interview with Furman?

George Washington University (DC)Edit

From MLA JIL:

"The George Washington University American Studies Department seeks a scholar of Africana/African American cultures for appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor beginning Fall 2011. Basic Qualifications: All requirements completed for Ph.D. in American Studies or related discipline by August 1, 2011, research experience/potential, as demonstrated by works in progress or scholarly publications, and teaching experience. Preferred Qualifications: Research and teaching interests in the cultural, spiritual or artistic expressions of African Americans; theories of race and racial formation; diasporic movements and transnational exchanges; or the social organization of African Americans."

Deadline: October 22

Acknowledgment received: Received an acknowledgment and diversity survey (9/29).

Has anyone else NOT yet received an acknowledgment or survey, as of 11/15? I've not.

Received the acknowledgement and survey on 11/10

  • as of 11.16 i have not received an acknowledgment either
  • Ack/Survey rec'd 11/22 (x2)
  • Has anyone else still not received an acknowledgement of application? (12-02)

Request for Additional Materials: email (11/12) (x2)

Rejection Letter:

Phone/conference interview scheduled:

My understanding is that phone interviews have been requested and are being scheduled. I think it's about 10 or 15 people. But I hear that others aren't necessarily out of the running.

  • Were the interview requests made via phone or email, today or last week? (12/6)
  • I know they've already scheduled interviews, but has anyone else still not received an acknowledgement of application? I just learned that one of my recommenders forgot to send his recommendation to at least a couple of places, and I worry I'm not receiving an acknowledgement because my file was never complete. Has anyone else (who has no reason to believe their file is incomplete) not received an acknowledgement?
  • There's no evidence to suggest interviews at GW have in fact been scheduled, just b/c the poster above says "my understanding is X". Either he or she was contacted for an interview or no. And usually SCs will let you know if you're missing a rec letter and not discount your app. (12/8)
  • The acknowledgment letter I received stated that incomplete applications were not considered. Not sure what that means for a missing letter of reference (12/12).
  • Any news here; any confirmed interview requests? (12/12)
  • phone interviews were conducted friday and today (12/13), those interviewed will hear back from the committee again by the end of the week
  • So bizarre. Just got an acknowledgement/Faculty Data Form today (12/16), dated 12/13 and postmarked 12/14. But no call for interview #wompwomp.
  • Rejection by email (12/18) after phone interview last week

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Position has been filled, according to rejection e-mail.


NOTES AND QUERIES:

Is this the only non-lit job in Afro this year?

A: There is at least one more posted at American Studies 2011-2012

Q: has anyone heard if they will be doing interviews at ASA?

A: Not sure about the ASA; all I know is they did phone interterviews last year.

Gordon College of GeorgiaEdit

LINK

Gordon College announces a tenure-track position in English beginning in August 2011. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in composition and literature; appropriate scholarship and service contributions are expected. Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in English; preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in African-American literature or post-colonial literature and experience teaching at the college level. For a complete description of the position, the division, and the college, and to apply for the position, visit http://jobs.gdn.edu.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received: Asked if still interested 1/24

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:4/4

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Anglophone 2011 & Generalist 2011
  • I heard through the grapevine that this is a 5-4 courseload. I didn't see anything about that in the job description. Just FYI.
  • Newly approved 4-year program that should now be a 4-4 load for those teaching upper-level courses

Kansas State UniversityEdit

From MLA JIL:

"Tenure-track position. Ph.D. in English (ABD considered) with expertise in African-American literature. Any period or sub-field will be considered; candidates with additional specialties in world literature, transatlantic or transnational studies, or gender and sexuality are especially encouraged to apply."

Deadline: Review of applications begins November 1, 2010 and continues until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: 11/10 (x7)

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled (12/7)

12/10

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES

Has anyone heard anything since 11/10?

Mary Baldwin CollegeEdit

From MLA JIL:

"Mary Baldwin College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English specializing in American Literature, Colonial Period through Realism. Expertise in African American literature essential and expertise in postcolonial literatures welcome. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching as well as scholarship. Teaching load will include 100 semester hours per year of on-line instruction as well as four on-campus courses, two of which will be freshman-level writing classes."

Deadline: Review begins November 10

Acknowledgment received: by email 11/11

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: Post-MLA rejection email from dean of the college. Quick edit to dean: your "colleagues could not have very much enjoyed" meeting the candidates, since only one person conducted the interviews, and no one from the English department even bothered to come to MLA. Good riddance to bad rubbish (4/11).

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled (12/10)

Campus interview scheduled: Has anyone heard anything? Anything??

  • Nothing.
  • On-campus interview scheduled.

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Early American 2011
  • Sorry, I don't understand: what does "100 semester hours per year of on-line instruction" actually mean, especially in practical terms?

Memphis College of ArtEdit

LINK

"Assistant Professor. Full-time, beginning August 2011. Position begins with a two-year appointment. Responsibilities: Teach three literature classes each semester, encompassing a broad curriculum for non-majors. Periodically teach freshman composition. . . Qualifications: Ph.D. in English. Specialty in any aspect of American or European literature. Competence in two or more of the following: Southern literature, contemporary novel, women's literature, African American literature. Three years of full-time teaching experience preferred. Eagerness to participate fully in the education of the visual artist."

Deadline: Application deadline for MLA interview: November 15, 2010.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

Michigan State UniversityEdit

From MLA JIL (11/19):

Assistant Professor of English with a specialization in African American Literature and Culture / Black Studies, beginning August 16, 2011. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute research, teaching, and outreach efforts in the Ph.D. program in African American and African Studies (AAAS). Faculty members are expected to contribute to the general education program in the College of Arts and Letters. MSU English is a vital, productive department with an undergraduate major with tracks in literature, film studies, education, and creative writing. The M.A. / Ph.D. program is organized around cross-field emphasis areas. The AAAS Program is one of twelve Ph.D. programs in African American and African Studies nationally. It is interdepartmental, interdisciplinary and richly diasporic, with an emphasis on a core Black Studies discipline that seeks to develop scholars committed to academic excellence and social responsibility among peoples and communities of African Americans, Africans and the non-US African Diaspora. QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in English or a related discipline. Teaching experience preferred. APPLICATIONS: Send letter of application, C.V., letters of recommendation, and writing sample to: African American Lit and Culture Search Committee, Department of English, 201 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on Dec. 3, 2010, and continue until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received:12/6

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: 12/17, 12/18

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview): 1/15 x2

Campus interview scheduled: 1/20

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Position has been filled, according to rejection e-mail.

NOTES:

NYU (AFRICAN DIASPORIC LITERATURES) Edit

From MLA JIL:

"The Department of Comparative Literature seeks to appoint a scholar specializing in African diasporic literatures and cultures. Preference for scholars working comparatively across fields that may include African, African-American, and Caribbean literatures and cultures. We contemplate appointing at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenured), but will consider more senior scholars as well. Appointment will begin September 1, 2011, pending budgetary and administrative approval. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2010, and continue until the search is concluded. Applications received by November 1, 2010, have the best chance of being fully considered. To apply, see the NYU Department of Comparative Literature’s web site at http://complit.as.nyu.edu. Instructions can be found under the home page link “Employment.”

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview): email 1/29 x2

MLA or phone interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled by email, 11/23

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview): Anyone else contacted for an MLA interview; has anyone received a rejection letter?

Campus interview scheduled: 3/15

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

Notre Dame (University of)Edit

LINK

"Specialist in African-American and associated literatures, rank open. Concentration in any period, with some preference given to modern and contemporary literature. Rank and competitive salary commensurate with experience and seniority."

Deadline: Application review begins Oct 1, 2010, and continues through October

Acknowledgment received: 10/7

Request for Additional Materials: request for writing sample and recommendations (10.13) (x3), 1 (11/9)

Rejection Letter:1 (generic letter of rejection) x3

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled (11/22)

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Penn State YorkEdit

From MLA JIL:

"Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track, 36 weeks). RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach the literature and culture of the Black Atlantic, with specialization in African-American or Anglophone African literatures. Secondary responsibilities include introductory composition and disciplinary writing. Teaching load is three courses each semester."

Deadline: Application review begins November 8.

Acknowledgment received: 11/19

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled 12/17x2

Campus interview scheduled: According to the SC, campus interviews are ongoing.

Offer made: Search canceled, as per e-mail from university's Academic Director.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Q on 1/31: Crickets for others who interviewed with PSU York? Yep No Word

OP here: I followed up directly with the SC. Apparently, the department is close to a decision.

Salisbury UniversityEdit

LINK

"Assistant Professor of English African American Literature"

Deadline: Nov. 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:11/29 x2, 11/30

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Tulane U., New Orleans, LAEdit

The School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University invites applications for a two-year contract, renewable annually, as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Humanities beginning in August 2011. We expect to appoint two or three fellows for AY 2011-2012. Candidates must have received the Ph.D. by June 30, 2011 and not before September 1, 2007. They must demonstrate successful teaching experience and an interesting and exciting research agenda. Fellows will be assigned to one of six departments within the School of Liberal Arts: Communication, English, French and Italian, History, Philosophy, or Spanish and Portuguese. Fellows will teach mid-and upper-level courses in their field of expertise, and these courses will be cross-listed with one or more of four interdisciplinary programs: African and African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, and Jewish Studies. The teaching load will be one course per semester, with the remainder of the fellows' time devoted to strengthening their research profiles. Fellows must be in residence at Tulane during the tenure of their fellowship. Preference may be given to applicants who intend to make use of Tulane's and New Orleans' rich cultural and archival resources, such as the Amistad Research Center, the Hogan Jazz Archive, the Newcomb Center for Research on Women, the Southeastern Architectural Archive, the Latin American Library, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, and the archives of the New Orleans Public Library. The stipend is $45,900 per year, with some funding also available for research and travel.

Tulane University is a privately endowed institution located in New Orleans, one of the world's unique urban centers. The University holds membership in the Association of American Universities and is a Carnegie Extensive Research University. Tulane is composed of nine academic divisions and home to over ten thousand graduate and undergraduate students. The School of Liberal Arts provides undergraduate students with an outstanding education in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts, developing skills of analysis, research, and written and oral expression that will serve them in their chosen profession. Students work closely with faculty who are distinguished research scholars or creative artists and who are eager to engage students in their work. For more information on the School of Liberal Arts please visit the Web site:http://www.liberalarts.tulane.edu/.

Send dossier including cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of the dissertation, a few sample titles of courses the applicant would like to teach, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Kevin Fox Gotham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Liberal Arts, 102 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 by December 1, 2010.

Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All eligible candidates are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.


Deadline: Dec. 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Arkansas, Little RockEdit

The English Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock invites applications for a tenure-track position in Ethnic Literatures at the rank of Assistant Professor (R99381). The applicant should have a primary emphasis in African American, Chicana/o, or Latino/a literatures, and will be expected to teach African American Literature, the core survey of world literature and a variety of other courses, and will have the opportunity to develop new courses. Desired secondary emphases include post-colonial and Anglophone literatures, literary theory, and film studies. The applicant will also be expected to serve on committees, assist with departmental advising, and publish in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Link

Deadline: Screening of applications will begin November 19, 2010.

Acknowledgment received: 11/22

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/15 x 2

Campus interview scheduled: According to dept. chair (in response to my email query), two have been scheduled.

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES: Q on 1/31: Has anyone heard from the UARLR folks? Nothing yet

University of DenverEdit

MLA JIL:

"tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in African-American literature . . . To apply for this position, please visit our website at www.dujobs.org. "

Deadline: Nov. 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: 12/16 (received via email--followed, two hours later, by a retraction from Human Resources indicating that the original email was a mistake and that "applicants for this position are still being considered"). --To be fair, if we haven't gotten a request for an MLA interview, I'd say we're probably well out of the running: i.e., back-back-back-back-back-up choice to those being interviewed -- still technically alive, but by a thread.

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled by phone (11/18)

Campus interview scheduled: any news on this one?

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

3/11: Just received an email stating that the department has decided not to hire for this position.

I got that too. Does anyone have more information on this?

University of Detroit MercyEdit

Assistant professor and Director of African American Studies

LINK

"Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in African American Studies or in a closely related discipline in the humanities or social sciences and be eligible for consideration for tenure in one of the departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Education. (Exceptional applicants with a Ph.D. awarded by June 15, 2011 will be considered). Required qualifications include a strong record of scholarship related to African or African American Studies; demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching; commitment to student advising and curricular development; and skills in academic leadership."

"Responsibilities include teaching 2 courses per semester, providing curricular and administrative leadership, student advising, and college service."

Deadline: Feb. 15th

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted:

NOTES:

UMass Amherst (before 1900)Edit

LINK

"Assistant Professor, tenure-track, focusing on 18th-and 19th-century African American literature. The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies welcomes specializations in the beginnings of African American prose, poetry, drama, and orature, including folklore. We seek a scholar who engages African American revision of conventional literary forms and genres as well as the creation of new forms and genres in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially as they shape later African American literature and other forms of expressive culture."

Deadline: Nov. 15

Acknowledgment received: Nov. 29, Nov. 29 (by snail mail)

To the person who received an acknowledgement on Nov. 29, did they call you, send snail mail, or email? I got an acknowledgement about a month ago. Just wondering where they are in the process.

Request for Additional Materials: Dec. 1

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: (All phone interviews have been made).

Campus interview scheduled: Campus visit scheduled for mid January, after phone interview last week (12/18).

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted:

NOTES:

(The search committee has finalized the short list of 10-15 candidates and will be conducting phone interviews very soon.) Wow. 10-15 seems like a lot for this job. Anyone have an idea how many applied? And, where did you hear it was 10-15?

UMass Amherst (20th c.)Edit

MLA JIL:

"Assistant Professor, tenure track, focusing on 20th-century African American literature. We especially welcome applicants with primary research interests in one or more of the following: African American modernisms; African American naturalism and urban realism; black women's writing and black feminism; African American literature and other arts; African American postmodernisms."

Deadline: Nov. 15

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: 12/11 (via snail mail), 12/13 (x2), 12/15; 1/15 (after MLA interview)

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA Interview scheduled, 12/7.

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer Made: 2/9

Offer Accepted: 2/22


NOTES:

University of Montana-MissoulaEdit

From MLA JIL (11/12):

Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ethnic American Literatures to begin fall 2011, pending approval. Normal teaching load is five courses per year. Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. at time of appointment, with specialization in African American, Asian American, Latina/Latino, Chicana/Chicano, or Native American literatures, and Critical Race Theory. Send letter of application, CV, writing sample of relevant work, short statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of professional recommendation to Jill Bergman, Chair, Department of English, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed from Dec. 1 until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received: via email 12/7

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: 12/27

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview 12/27 (via phone with email confirmation)

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted:

NOTES:

Cross-posted at Other Ethnic American 2011

University of North TexasEdit

MLA JIL:

"Tenure-track assistant professorship in African American literature and culture, beginning August 2011. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in English, American Studies, or African American Studies with a focus in African American literature; relevant teaching experience; and an active program of scholarly research. The typical teaching load for junior faculty is 2/2, with regular opportunities to teach upper-division and/or graduate courses."

Deadline: 11/1/10

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/2 -- MLA interview scheduled

Campus interview scheduled: Campus interviews were scheduled during MLA -- alas, not for me.

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted:

NOTES:

Virginia Commonwealth UniversityEdit

Tenure eligible assistant or associate professor in field of "Transatlantic Studies" with further stated preferences for "slavery and the literature of the slavery debate, the African presence in Central and South America or the Middle East, Transnational Gender and Sexuality studies, Africa and the African Diaspora including its literature, and narrative medicine" (they seem to be hiring for 4 separate postions, two in English). See VCU's Position Announcement for further details.

Deadline: The application review process will begin on October 20, 2010. For full consideration, applications must be received prior to November 25, 2010. We will be available to interview at the MLA conference.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: writing sample request 10/29; 11/17; 11/29

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/3 (MLA)

    • Anyone offered a phone interview? (For those folks whose disciplines don't attend the MLA?) Wonder if they'll be staggering the interview requests for the 4 positions.
    • Anyone know what the teaching load is?
    • Does anyone know about the timeline?

Campus interview scheduled: 1/25

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted: Other Ethnic American 2011 states that at least one offer has been made and accepted (3/11).

NOTES:

Due to the expansive nature of the search, I'm curious about the specialties of the people who got invited to campus. African American, African, and South American women's narrative medicine would probably fit the bill, for ex!

Also posted at Other Ethnic American 2011, Film Studies 2010-2011 & Queer/Women's/Gender Studies 2010-11

Wesleyan UniversityEdit

Note 9/13: Received email that search has been postponed.


Link

Subfield/description: "The African-American Studies Program and the English Department at Wesleyan University seek a specialist in African-American literature and culture for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level....Expertise in one or more of the following areas is particularly welcome: diasporic and transnational studies, cultural theory, performance studies, gender and sexuality."

Deadline: Completed applications received electronically by November 1, 2010, will receive full consideration.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted:

NOTES:

Williams CollegeEdit

MLA JIL:

"Williams College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Africana Studies at the Assistant Professor level to begin in the fall of 2011. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. either in Africana Studies, English, Performance Studies, or another arts-related field. We are looking for someone whose work is interdisciplinary, whose training includes a global Africana perspective, and who can work with students in areas such as poetry, literature, performance studies, dance, music, art history, studio arts, and film and media studies."

Deadline: Review begins Sept. 30

Acknowledgment received:

9/30: Received acknowledgment from departmental admin asst. Quote "I will notify you as soon as the search committee decides who will be interviewed here in Williamstown in late October or early November."

has anyone heard anything on this search? 11.10

I haven't heard anything. Anyone??? 11.11

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: Recieved an email today (11/30) saying search had been "concluded." Interesting noone here heard anything.

I got that too along with a courtesy, "we would like to keep your application on file for any future opportunities that may arise." x2 (12/13) Did the search abort or are they interviewing?

To the above question: Neither, they've made a hire.

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted:

NOTES:


Does anyone know anything about an Af Am search at Howard University? It was listed only in the Chronicle.

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