Utah State University

Assistant Professor of English in African-American/Black Diasporic Literature

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/6/2020 12:42 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Humanities & Social Sci
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of English at Utah State University seeks applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the field of African American and/or African Diasporic Literature.  Preferred areas of interest include Black literatures of the long nineteenth century, poetry, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. This is an academic-year (9-month) research-intensive position with a teaching load of two courses per semester (2/2).  The position will begin in August 2021.


The successful candidate will teach literature courses in their field(s) at different levels of the curriculum: general education, undergraduate majors, and/or graduate courses. These courses will be based on the Logan campus, in Northern Utah’s scenic Cache Valley.


Applicants are required to earn their Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, or a related field (including interdisciplinary programs), with a strong preference for candidates who will have their Ph.D. in hand by the starting date.

The successful applicant will have a proven record of both research excellence and strong teaching.

The department especially seeks applicants who bring to their academic careers the important perspectives that come from the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Accordingly, scholars from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Documents

With your online application, please include:

  • Current CV (to be uploaded to the applicant profile)
  • A list of the names and contact information of three references (to be entered when completing the applicant profile)
  • Cover Letter (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application)


Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.


For candidates advancing to the next round of review, you will be asked to provide:

  • A statement of inclusion and equity
  • An article-length writing sample
  • A teaching statement

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

For further information about the Department of English, see english.usu.edu

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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