Tenure Track Post-Doc


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Provost Fellow in African American Literature and Culture

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The Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago invites junior specialists in African American literary and cultural production to apply for a tenure track position via the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program. We seek scholars whose work focuses on African American literary and cultural production. Special areas of interest include: poetics, philosophy, performance, popular culture, and new media studies. We also invite applications from comparativists whose scholarship substantively engages African-American aesthetic work.

A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of the faculty in the Department of English Language and Literature, and we therefore welcome applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in the disciplines noted above, such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Successful candidates will be appointed either as a tenure-track Assistant Professor to start 1 July 2018, or as a Provost Fellow at the rank of Instructor for an initial two-year period to start 1 July 2018. This initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a postdoctoral appointment. Provost Fellows will teach one class/year, receive research support, and participate in programming designed to help support them in their transition to Assistant Professor. Provost Fellows will ordinarily be promoted to Assistant Professor at the end of their 2-year term.

Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand, and no more than two years of postdoctoral experience, by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin October 13, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed; early submission is encouraged. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website: http://tinyurl.com/y7yb8fy4.

Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that describes the applicant’s prior and potential contributions to diversity in the context of academic research, teaching, and service; 2) a curriculum vita; 3) a statement that addresses current research, future plans for research, teaching experience and philosophy, and planned contributions to intellectual life at the University; 4) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and 5) three letters of reference. Reference letter submission information will be provided during the application process. University positions are contingent upon final budgetary approval.

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Required Applicant Documents:

Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Research Statement
Writing Sample 1



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