Posted 10/10/07 -

The Department of English invites applications for two positions beginning Fall 2008. Ph.D. required (or ABD with degree in hand by position start date of August 2008).

1. A tenure-track Assistant Professorship in African-American Literature and Culture. This position will be a joint appointment in English and the Africana Studies Program. While preference will be given to highly qualified scholars specializing in the nineteenth century, all appropriate areas of specialization will be considered, including Afro-Caribbean, post-colonial, black Atlantic, and African diasporic studies.

2. A tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Rhetoric and Composition.

All specialties within the field will be considered. Desirable research interests include literacy studies, African-American and ethnic rhetorics, vernacular rhetorics, or non-western rhetorics.

Having previously participated as a partner department in the Carnegie Foundation's Initiative on the Doctorate, English is also designated a "signature" department at Texas A&M University. The university houses several major journals and research initiatives, including Callaloo, the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online, and the Donne Variorum project.
We have undergraduate and graduate programs in such areas as Comparative Literature and Culture, Early Modern British Studies, New Modern British Studies, American Studies, Film, Creative Writing, Discourse Studies, and Gender Studies. Faculty at Texas A&M also benefit from the research opportunities made available through the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, which provides support for individual scholars and research groups.

Salary and teaching load are competitive. Faculty teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in their specialty and receive significant departmental research support, including travel funds.

Minorities and women scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Texas A&M is an AA/EEO employer, is deeply committed to diversity, and responds to the needs of dual-career couples. Visit the English website at and the Africana Studies website at for more information.

The Search Committee will begin to review applications immediately.
Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and dossier with three letters of recommendation and an article-length writing sample to: C.
Jan Swearingen, Chair / Search Committee / Department of English / Texas A&M University / 4227 TAMU / College Station, TX 77843-4227. To be assured of full consideration, applications must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2007. Interviews will be conducted at MLA or at Texas A&M as circumstances warrant.