Assistant Professor – African American Literature – 1804117

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The Department of English and Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in African American Literature. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2019 or soon thereafter. Applications are welcome from scholars who work on any period of Black literatures of the United States (or territories that became the United States). We are especially interested in candidates who make connections in their research and/or teaching between African American and Black Atlantic or African diasporic literatures; and/or between African American Literary Studies and Black Studies, Global South Studies, Queer Studies, Black Feminist and Women’s Studies, Black Theatre and Performance Studies and/or work on Black-Indigenous solidarities. Candidates with strong ties to the communities whose literatures they study and/or a commitment to research and teaching grounded in antiracism, feminism, Indigenization, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and social justice are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in literature or a closely related field by the time of appointment or soon thereafter. Excellence in teaching and research is required. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths . The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.   Candidates must demonstrate research excellence through a record of scholarly accomplishment including publications with highly ranked academic journals and presses and/or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, and other evidence of excellence in research as demonstrated by a submitted research statement, presentations at major conferences, fellowships or other research awards, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching through documented teaching accomplishments, and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application to include a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will be a full member of the Graduate Department of English, which consists of faculty from the University’s three campuses (UTM, University of Toronto Scarborough, and the Faculty of Arts and Science). Duties will consist of research; the supervision of PhD dissertations; and teaching undergraduate courses at the Mississauga campus and graduate classes at the St. George campus. For further information on the UTM Department of English and Drama, the tri-campus Graduate Department of English, and the University of Toronto, see,, and Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All qualified applicants are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and a substantial writing sample of no more than 25 pages. Equity and diversity are among UTM’s core values and are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching, and service bear out our commitment to these values. Candidates for jobs at UTM are asked to submit a one to two page statement about their contributions to equity and diversity in the communities to which they belong, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on marginalized literatures; the development of inclusive pedagogies; or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. Submission guidelines can be found at: Please submit attachments in PDF format only. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in the following format: 1. letter, CV, research statement, statement on contributions to equity and diversity, teaching dossier; 2. writing sample. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of reference to be sent directly by the referee--on official letterhead, signed and scanned--by email to All application materials including letters of reference are due by 5 November, 2018. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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Mississauga, ON, Canada