Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor position in Black Atlantic Decolonial Literatures

The Department of English at Memorial University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Black Atlantic Decolonial Literatures, subject to final budgetary approval. The position will commence on July 1, 2024 (negotiable) on the St. John’s campus.

Preference will be given to:

  1. applicants who have a demonstrable research record in one or more areas of Caribbean, African, Black diasporic literatures, and/or critical race theory. Candidates will normally hold a PhD in a relevant discipline from a recognized/accredited post-secondary institution at the time of appointment; and,
  2. applicants who are Black or a person of colour as per approval granted by the Human Rights Commission pursuant to Section 8 of the Human Rights Act.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including: women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous Peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people; and people with disabilities. All applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of an equity-deserving group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of an equity-deserving group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. Memorial is committed to providing an inclusive learning and work environment. If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation during the application process please contact directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this

Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of application addressing your research program and teaching interests (3 pages maximum)
  • A curriculum vitae Department of English Advertisement – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
  • A writing sample
  • Contact information for three references (no letters required at this stage)

The deadline for applications is February 16, 2024 at 5pm NST. To apply, please visit

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Robert Ormsby, Head, Department of English, at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. Salary is commensurate with experience as determined by the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association (MUNFA) collective agreement. For more information about MUNFA, see

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and has a special obligation to the people of this province. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to 19,000 students, Memorial’s St. John’s campus provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in the
capital city, which has a vibrant cultural life and access to a wide range of outdoor activities. With 15 academic departments and a wide variety of interdisciplinary major, minor and diploma programs, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers breadth, depth and diversity. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences houses, among other units, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), the Maritime
History Archive, the Folklore and Language Archive, and the Aboriginal Languages Archives.