Associate Professor – African American Literature African, Black and Caribbean Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences 

Job Summary:

Adelphi University is seeking applicants for a tenure-stream Associate Professor position in African American Literature to begin August 2021. This full-time, nine-month continuing appointment is housed for tenure in the African, Black & Caribbean Studies Program (ABCSP). The candidate’s appointment rank and tenure are commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The candidate should have a minimum of six years of teaching experience. S/he will have primary teaching responsibilities in the ABCSP, which cross-lists some of the courses they will teach with the English Department. We seek to recruit an experienced scholar-teacher with interdisciplinary training and interests related to African American Literature and African American Studies. Adelphi’s 51-year-old African, Black & Caribbean Studies Program (ABCSP) is interested in building its strengths in the Africana intellectual traditions and cultural philosophy, literature and intersectional methodologies advanced by Black Studies, African American Studies, and Critical Race Studies. We are interested in recruiting a colleague whose classes will contribute to the expansion of interdisciplinarity in the College of Arts & Sciences.


  1. The teaching load is 18-credits (3/3) with opportunities for research release.
  2. Our new colleague will teach undergraduate courses including introductory, survey classes, and seminars. Beginning in the Fall, 2021 our new colleague’s teaching load will include an annual two-semester rotation of the cross-listed courses Black Writers I and Black Writers II respectively in the fall and spring, an interdisciplinary course, Introduction to African American Studies, an upper-level course in the English Department that deals with race, ethnicity, social justice or protest literature, and two courses that our colleague will offer that reflect the candidate’s speciality area of interest in African, Black & Caribbean Studies.
  3. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain an ongoing record of research with scholarly publications/creative works and presentations; attend ABCSP meetings, contribute to service duties within the ABCSP, college, university, and at professional levels, and engage in the mentoring and advising of African, Black & Caribbean Studies Minors.


  1. Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in African American Literature, African American Studies, Africana Studies, Black Studies, or American Literature or American Studies with an emphasis on the experience of race in the study of American society; and have teaching, publications and research experiences right for achieving tenure at the rank of Associate Professor.
  2. We especially welcome a candidate with an interest in intersectionality, and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and intellectual collaborations. Additionally, candidates are expected to have a commitment to scholarship and university/community service, and proven record excellence in teaching. This includes experience in enhancing the research profile of undergraduates and mentoring students. The ABCSP seeks a candidate with a strong willingness to mentor junior faculty, and foster interdisciplinary collaborations within the College of Arts & Sciences.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the University’s goal of improving higher education for diverse and underrepresented students. We have a strong interest in providing all candidates hired for faculty appointments share our commitment to educational access, equity, excellence, and diversity.
  4. Applicants must submit a brief statement on teaching philosophy and a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion with their materials. Also, in these days of grappling with a pandemic, please be advised that teaching requirements may include online distance education.


  1. Interested candidates should submit the following materials online at:  a letter of application, resume/ curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of teaching philosophy, an article-length writing sample, a statement of commitment to diversity goals (2-page maximum), a copy of the transcript of highest degree earned (official transcript required at time of appointment), and, teaching portfolio (including sample syllabi and evidence of teaching experience and excellence).
  2. Please be prepared to provide the names and email addresses of three academic referees when completing the online faculty application. For matters other than submitting materials, inquiries may be directed to Dr. Marsha J. Tyson Darling, Director, the Center for African, Black & Caribbean Studies, Chair, Search Committee, at [email protected].
  3. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. The position is subject to final approval by the Board of Trustees.
  4. Adelphi University, New York is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, doctoral conferring research university, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to building a diverse workforce that strongly encourages applications from women, under-represented groups, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. For additional information about Adelphi University, the African, Black & Caribbean Studies Program, please visit our website: