New York University — Faculty Positions in African American or Black Diasporic Literature and Performance

Faculty Positions in African American or Black Diasporic Literature and Performance
Department of English
New York University
Faculty of Arts and Science

The Department of English at New York University seeks to appoint two tenure-track Assistant Professors in the field of African American or Black Diasporic Literature and Performance effective September 1st, 2022, pending administrative and budgetary approval. These positions are part of a multi-departmental cluster hire in Black Diaspora Literary Studies that includes the departments of English, Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures and French Literature, Thought and Culture. A primary aim of the cluster is to create a network for scholars working in these areas to collaborate across NYU. More information about this cluster can be found here, along with background about NYU’s broader Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative.

We seek emerging scholars of Black diasporic literature and culture of any period (or across periods). Applicants may specialize in one particular region or nation (e.g., U.S., Caribbean, Canada, Britain, Anglophone Africa) within a global framework, or work comparatively. While we are interested in considering scholars whose research complements existing departmental strengths in the study of literary history, poetics, and print culture, we are equally committed to expanding on those strengths to include, for instance, gender and sexuality studies, interdisciplinary or intermedial approaches to Black culture, and Black critical theory.

One of these two positions will focus exclusively in theater and performance studies. In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses related to their area of specialization, the successful candidate will also teach survey courses in theater and performance history, theory, and practice within the Program in Dramatic Literature, which offers both a major and minor.

The other position is open with respect to genre. In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses related to their area of specialization, the successful candidate will teach courses on literary history and literary analysis for the undergraduate major in English or in the College of Arts and Science Core Curriculum, and contribute to our regular course offerings in Black diasporic literature.

The successful candidates will demonstrate scholarly excellence and a commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, and must have the PhD in hand by September 1, 2022. The search committee is especially interested to hear from candidates who will bring to their research and teaching the diverse perspectives that come from non-traditional educational backgrounds or an understanding of those under-represented in higher education. We request that candidates include in their cover letter information about how they have contributed to the building of a broadly inclusive educational environment and how they imagine doing so at NYU.

Those wishing to be considered should visit the NYU Department of English website for more information about the department, and submit the following materials by October 1, 2021 via this Interfolio link: http://apply.interfolio.com/92732 .

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • Writing sample of 20-25 pages

Please indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for, or if you wish to be considered for both.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU is at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. We seek scholars of the highest caliber, who embody the diversity of the United States as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the FAS commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion, please read here.

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