Howard University, English

Position ID:Howard University-English-ASSISTANTPROFESSOR2 [#20053]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Washington DC, District of Columbia 20059, United States [map]
Subject Area: English / Comparative Literature
Appl Deadline:2021/12/17 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/10/13, listed until 2022/01/24)
Position Description:    

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The Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in comparative literature, focusing on Anglophone literatures. We welcome applicants who can bridge comparative literature (and comparative philology as applicable) methodologies with one or more of the following areas of study: literatures of the African diaspora, literary theory, cultural studies, the history of ideas (and technologies), environmental and medical humanities, globalization studies, and digital humanities.

We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented minority students is highly desired.

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is currently classified as an R2 research university with aspirations and actions underway to achieve R1 status within the next few years. It is a residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of English currently consists of 16 faculty members, conducting research with specializations in African American, American, British, and Caribbean literatures and literary theory. It offers BA and PhD degrees in these areas.

Required Qualifications: •Earned doctorate in English or a related field from an accredited institution; •Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor; •Effective communication and organizational skills; and •Evidence of successful grant writing experience.

Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing 1) Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above; 2) Current curriculum vita; 3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans; 4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and 5) Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Dr. Dana Williams, and uploaded to Academic Jobs Online. Screening will begin on December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2022. Additional details and information can be found at

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

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Further Info:
Department of English, 248 Locke Hall
College of Arts and Sciences
Howard University
2400 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059