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Postdoctoral Scholar - The Africana Research Center
The Africana Research Center invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral scholar position in any aspect of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, beginning July 1, 2018. During their residency, scholars have no teaching or administrative responsibilities, though they may request a teaching assignment. They will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and be expected to be active in Penn State's community of Africana researchers. Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. within the previous four academic years. Salary/benefit package is competitive.
To be considered for this position, submit complete application packets including cover letter describing your research and goals for the scholarship year, a curriculum vita (6 page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages. Review of applications will begin onNovember 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and submitted as e-mail attachments to Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to  Apply online at  

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Open-Rank, Tenure-Track Position in African American Literature - The Department of English at Auburn University

The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position in African American literature, to begin Fall 2018. The teaching load for research faculty is normally 2-2, with balanced assignments in upper-division and graduate courses, as well as Auburn's core curriculum. The successful candidate will help build a strong community of students and scholars in the field. Candidates who can advance the Department's commitment to diversity through scholarship, creative activity, and innovative teaching and course design are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications include a PhD in English, African American Studies, or an allied field by the August 16, 2018, appointment date; a strong research and teaching specialization and an academic background in African American literature; a record of publication or scholarship in the field; evidence of successful teaching experience at the college/university level; evidence of potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the field; significant potential for continued successful research, publication, and other scholarly, professional, and/or creative activities.

Desired qualifications are a strong record of publication or scholarship in the field and successful experience teaching African American literature at the college/university level. The field of specialization within African American studies is open. We are particularly interested in candidates with strength in contemporary literature and culture.

Applications will be accepted online at Please have the following documents ready to upload: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; contact information for three recommenders; transcripts (official transcripts required only upon hire); evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a current research plan. Review of applications will begin on 15 October 2017. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Paula Backscheider at Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

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