Visiting Assistant Professor in Literature/Specializing African American Literature--Fall 2021

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Teaneck, NJ
  • Apr 26, 2021
Full time English/ESL/Writing/Linguistics

Job Description


Job Summary:

Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey's largest private university with two New Jersey campuses and two international campuses, one in Vancouver, B.C. and one at Wroxton in Banbury, England. The Metropolitan Campus bridges the residential communities of Teaneck and Hackensack in a suburban setting less than ten miles from New York City, easily reached by public transportation. The Metropolitan Campus attracts a diverse student population: more than a third are minority or international students from over 71 nations. We boast a faculty to student ratio of 14.1 and an average class size of 18 students.
The Department of Literature, Languages, Writing, and Humanities in the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a two-semester (9-month) visiting assistant professor of Literature (and other Humanities per qualifications) employed primarily on the Metropolitan Campus.
Start date: August 2021. The academic calendar for 2021-22 can be viewed at
In 2021-22 the department will search for a tenure-track assistant professor with a similar profile, to start in August 2022. The successful applicant for this position will be eligible and encouraged to apply for that one, but must expect to compete for it on equal terms with other applicants.

Required Qualifications:

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in English, comparative literature, or other relevant field. (In hand strongly preferred, but expected or ABD also considered.) Specialization in African American literature and ability to teach American literature and other literatures more broadly. Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level.

Requirements of the position: Teach a 4/4 load of undergraduate courses in literature and humanities. (Courses for Fall 2021 will include American Literature I, a survey from the colonial period through the nineteenth century, in person; Introduction to African American Studies, online, serving multiple campuses; Contemporary Black Literature, in person; and one other to be determined. Courses for Spring 2022 will include American Literature II, from the nineteenth century to the present, and three others to be determined.) Recruit, advise, and mentor students majoring and minoring in Literature, Humanities, and African and African American Studies, and minority students more broadly. Direct the minor in African and African American Studies, which exists on both New Jersey campuses, and coordinate Black History Month and other relevant events. Pursue a scholarly research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications and lends distinction to the university. Participate in learning outcomes assessment and curricular revision and development as needed. Evaluate and mentor adjunct faculty as needed. Perform reasonable service at the departmental, college, campus, and university levels. Perform other relevant duties that may arise.
Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Candidates for hire will be required to sign a waiver authorizing the background check and produce a Social Security Card.
This position offers a competitive salary and benefits. Application review will begin on June 1, 2021, and will continue until a candidate is selected. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Status: Full-Time

Campus: Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ

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