Assistant Professor of English, Gullah Geechee Literature & Cultures

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Oct 20, 2021
Full time English/ESL/Writing/Linguistics Languages & Literature

Job Description

Assistant Professor of English, Gullah Geechee Literature & Cultures--Search #67857
College of Arts & Humanities, Department of Literature

The Department of Literature in the College of Arts and Humanities invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of English in Gullah Geechee Literature & Cultures. Applicants may focus more broadly on African American literature, Africana Studies, literature of the Lowcountry or American South, global anglophone literature, ethnic studies, folklore, indigenous studies, or media studies, but should also have experience or interest in Gullah Geechee literature and cultures. The successful candidate will be part of a cluster hire that includes faculty in history and other disciplines, all of whom will contribute to developing an interdisciplinary Gullah Geechee Institute through activities such as public engagement projects and the pursuit of grant funding. The home campus for this position will be the Statesboro campus although teaching opportunities will be available on all campuses as well as online.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

The mission of our English program is to promote in our students the ability to read closely, think deeply, and communicate clearly. We motivate our students in their pursuit of academic excellence and cultivate in them the core values of integrity, openness, inclusivity, social responsibility, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Position Description. Reporting to the Chair of Literature, the Assistant Professor of English in this position will have teaching, research, and service responsibilities. The position is an academic (ten-month), tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
Earned PhD in English, or a closely related field, by August 1, 2022
Evidence of effective teaching
Evidence of an active research agenda
Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
Commitment to engaging to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:
Engagement in interdisciplinary or collaborative efforts across disciplines

Conditions of Employment:
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
All work for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.
Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus
Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

Screening of applications begins November 22, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Mary Villeponteaux, Search Chair, Search #67857
Georgia Southern University
Electronic mail:
Please include Search #67857 in Subject line

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