Job Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor of African American Literature, pre-1900 and post-1900

The Department of English at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for two tenure track positions: 1) Assistant Professor of African American literature, pre-1900; and 2) Assistant or Associate Professor of African American literature, post-1900. We seek two scholars with promising records of scholarship and teaching to begin Fall 2022. Expertise in the literary texts and cultural practices of African Americans in one of the advertised periods is required. Secondary areas of specialization are open, and all methods are invited. Scholars with experience teaching and mentoring students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The Department of English enjoys a close relationship with the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, sharing a building space and faculty affiliations. Required qualifications include a PhD in English, African American Studies, or an allied field by August 2022. Both faculty positions are full-time, nine-month appointments with a standard teaching assignment of two courses per semester.

Review of candidates begins November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply online, submit a CV, writing sample (25-30 pages), three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your research, teaching and community engagement, also including a statement describing how you envision contributing to African American studies in the department. Apply for the position of African American literary and cultural studies:

1) Pre-1900

2) Post-1900

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Rita Keresztesi at, search committee chair or Professor Roxanne Mountford, Chair of the Department of English at