Academic Jobs Wiki

Wiki page for Academic Jobs in African American Literature advertised during the 2020-2021 hiring season.


Please add jobs in the following format and order them alphabetically by institution.

  1. Example University (State/Province, Country). Position Title. Specializations. Deadline. TT/NT. FT/PT. Link to Job ad(s). Updates: 

TT/NT: Tenure-track or Non-tenure track.

FT/PT: Full-Time or Part-Time

For the sake of user-friendliness, please do not add more detailedryer content of the job ad on this page. (This is a departure from previous years, when these pages tended to become difficult to navigate. The new guidelines are modeled on more user-friendly Academic Wiki pages serving other disciplines.)

Add updates to the end of each entry as they come in: Additional materials requested, video interview scheduled, campus visit scheduled, offer extended, offer accepted, rejection received.

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See also Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2020-2021 .

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Jobs with 2020 Application Deadlines[]

Mount St. Mary's University (USA: MD). Assistant Professor of African-American Cultural Studies. Beginning in Fall 2021. Applicants with doctoral degrees in cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, English, history, or a relevant field are encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities will include the courses Foundations of African and African American Studies, Race and Ethnicity, and other 200- and 300-level courses relevant to the candidate’s field of specialization. TT. FT. Job Ad on Higher Ed Jobs 

  • received (kind) rejection letter (12/17)

Salve Regina University (USA: RI). Assistant Professor specializing in African American literature and culture. Additional interests or coursework in topics such as Black feminism; Afrofuturism; young adult literature; creative writing; Native American literature; and the literatures of the African diaspora. Deadline: 1 November 2020. TT. FT. Job Ad on Higher Ed Jobs — Req. for add'l mats., 12/10

  • request for additional materials 12/10
  • Zoom interviews scheduled 1/5

Ryerson University (Canada: Toronto).
Assistant Professor specializing in Black Studies with a focus on the media, literatures, and cultures of the African diaspora in any period or geographical location. Research and teaching expertise within the field of Black Studies might include, but is not limited to, Black activism and the Black Radical Tradition, Black popular cultures, Black childhood and youth cultures, Black genders and sexualities, theories of race and racism, and transatlantic and transnational Blackness. TT. FT. Job Ad. Updates:

  • anyone get an interview? I believe they wanted to schedule them for 12/17-18 (12/15)
  • Did you get a request for more materials? Canadian applicant and have heard nothing (12/16)
  • as per the African American Studies page, materials requests went out Dec 9 (12/16)

Santa Clara University (USA:CA). Open Rank Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty in African American Studies. Literature acceptable field. Deadline: 30 October 2020. Job Ad on Higher Ed Jobs Updates:

Southern University at New Orleans (USA: La). Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies and/or Composition and Rhetoric. Deadline 1 October 2020. TT. FT. .

Utah State University (USA:Ut). Assistant Professor of English in African-American/Black Diasporic Literature. Deadline: 1 Nov. 2020. TT. FT. Job Ad on HigherEdJobs Updates:

Request for additional materials (11/27)

Wesleyan University (USA:Ct). Assistant Professor. African American & Afro-diasporic Literary Studies. Deadline: 1 Nov 2020. TT. FT. Job Ad on Chronicle of Higher Ed Updates: 

Jobs with 2021 Application Deadlines[]

Auburn University at Montgomery. Assistant Professor of English (Southern Literature). April 2, 2021.

Auburn University at Montgomery invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with a scholarly agenda in the diverse literatures, digital and material cultures, and folklores of the U.S. South, to begin Fall 2021. An interest in Black, Asian-American, or Latino southern literatures, or southern sexualities, is especially desirable. AUM has a unique geographical location in Montgomery, Alabama, a Deep South city with a rich African-American and Civil Rights history. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to capitalize on this legacy by contributing to interdisciplinary programming pertaining to the teaching and study of the literary legacy of enslavement, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and immigration. Moreover, AUM’s student population is as diverse as the population of the state and includes a high proportion of traditionally underrepresented groups. The successful candidate will share our explicit commitment to teaching diverse communities and our belief that our diversity is our strength. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to create advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization. Teaching in both core composition and literature surveys, particularly both parts of the American literature survey, is expected. AUM hosts an annual Southern Studies Conference to which the successful candidate would have the opportunity to contribute.

AUM has an official 4/3 teaching load for tenure-stream faculty. Faculty with ongoing scholarship and publication usually receive a course release for a normal 3/3 load. Internal funding and professional improvement leave to support scholarship are available.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in English with a specialization in southern literature.

Please complete an online application at and upload 1) a cover letter describing your teaching and scholarship, 2) a curriculum vitae including three reference contacts, and 3) unofficial transcripts. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide additional materials, including teaching philosophy describing their approach to teaching diverse populations of students, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and writing sample.

Application review begins April 2, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries to John Havard, Department Chair,

Eugene Lang College, The New School University (New York City, NY) Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Assistant Professor in African American Literature (FT/TT). Application opens 19 February 2021. Priority deadline 15 March 2021. However, review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, an undergraduate college of The New School, invites applications from promising scholars in any area of African American Literature. We especially welcome applications from candidates whose research specialties include poetry, democracy studies, gender and sexuality studies, and/or literature and law. The appointment begins with a two-year postdoctoral fellowship during which time the Mellon fellows will develop robust research projects and professional networks, with the option to teach one course in their home department. After the two-year period, the Mellon fellows will move directly into a tenure-track position (in this case as Assistant Professor of Literary Studies). After being appointed to Assistant Professor, they will teach five courses (or their equivalent) per year in areas of their expertise.

Update 2/24/21: Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Juan Decastro ( The committee will post updates on the search to this page.

Update 3/17/21: The committee has begun reviewing applications, but we continue to check the website for applications that may be coming in after the priority deadline of March 15.

Update 3/24/21: The committee has begun sending out requests for more materials. These requests are preliminary and will continue as the committee reads applications.

Update 4/3/21: The committee has sent out additional requests for more materials and will not be sending out further requests at this time as we develop a short list for virtual campus visits.

Update 4/23/21: The committee has scheduled virtual campus visit with four finalists.

Update 5/19/21: The committee is meeting this week to discuss the finalists and make a recommendation.

Parsons School of Design, The New School University (New York City, NY), Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship/Assistant Professor in Black Visual Culture (FT/TT). Application opens 18 February 2021. Priority deadline 01 April 2021. However, review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The appointment begins with a two-year postdoctoral fellowship during which time faculty will develop robust research projects and professional networks, with the option to teach one course in their home department. After the two-year period, faculty will move directly into a tenure-track position (in this case as Assistant Professor of Black Visual Culture). After appointment to Assistant Professor, they will teach five courses (or their equivalent) per year in an area of their expertise, and will be homed in Parsons, within its School of Art and Design History and Theory (known as ADHT).

Stanford University (USA:CA). Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research (NT/FT). Application opens 1 Dec 2020. Deadline 7 Jan 2021.

Tulane University (Louisiana, US)[]

Visiting Assistant Professor in African and/or African Diaspora literature (joint appointment in English & Africana Studies), deadline April 5, 2021.

University of British Columbia, Okanagan (Okanagan, BC). Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Black Anglophone Literature

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (research stream) position in Black Anglophone Literature. Additional expertise in one or more of the following areas would be an asset: Black transatlantic studies; Black Indigenous literatures; relevant national literatures (e.g., Caribbean, African, American, and/or Canadian); concepts of place and location; early modern literature; 18th-century literature; modernism; speculative fiction; electronic literature; Afro-futurism; environmental literatures; and life-writing. The position will be held in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and will begin on July 1, 2021.

Deadline: January 16, 2021

Link to Job Ad:

Updates: any updates 2/23?

Rejected via email 2/24 (to be honest nice to receive such a timely rejection!)

University of Alberta (Canada:AB). Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Black Studies (Tenured). Deadline: 15 February 2021. Job Ad on University Website Updates:  

University of Tennessee (Knoxville). Two open-rank, open-discipline positions in Africana Studies. Deadline: Feb. 26.

York University (Toronto, Canada). Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Literatures of the African Diaspora in North America.

The successful candidate will have a PhD by the position start date of 1 July 2021, in English Literature or a related field, with a specialization in any of the North American literatures of the African Diaspora in English, including African-American, Black Canadian, and Black Caribbean literature; a demonstrated record of excellence in research and in university teaching; and a clearly articulated program of ongoing research activity. Applications from specialists in any historical period are welcome. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated expertise in critical race theory, Postcolonial theory, and/or World Literature, and those whose research is interdisciplinary, intermedial, and/or transhistorical in focus.

Deadline: February 19, 2021.

Job Ad

Updates: Anyone heard news? (3/30)

Villanova University (PA). Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of English, Pre-1900 Literature of the Americas.

Applicants strongly preferred with expertise in one or more of the following: Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, Black Studies, Border & Migration Studies, Critical Race Studies, Disability Studies, and/or Health Humanities. The teaching load is 3-2. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in 19th century literature and will have the opportunity to teach in their additional areas of specialization.

Deadline: March 1.

Word on the Street[]

Has anyone heard anything from Wesleyan? 18 Dec

-I received rejection stating that I was not chosen for scheduled interviews. 4 Jan X2

Has anyone heard about requests for additional materials? From Salve Regina, 12/10

-I received a request for additional materials 12/10

From Utah State, 11/27

-Has anyone else here heard from Utah State? I submitted additional materials on 12/15 and haven't heard back yet. It seems like interviews are likely underway?