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Assistant Professor of English (Black Diasporic Literature)

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title

Assistant Professor of English (Black Diasporic Literature)

About the University

Western Washington University, with almost 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 82,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

The department has 31 tenure-line faculty members and offers B.A. programs in Literature and Creative Writing with or without a secondary teaching endorsement, an M.A. program in English Studies, and an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing.  The department also offers minors in Film Studies, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, as well as courses that provide training in composition/rhetoric, professional and technical writing, editing and publishing, and teacher preparation.  To learn more about the Department of English visit

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the English Department support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

Standard quarter system teaching assignment (currently 2-2-2), with specialty courses at the undergraduate and M.A./M.F.A. levels; general education courses and other courses depending on the candidate's interests and departmental needs; exemplary teaching, including fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students; a rigorous program of scholarly activity; service to the department through a range of activities including advising and contributions to the development of programs and curricula.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in English or a related field by September 1, 2019
  • Strong scholarly and pedagogical expertise in Black Diasporic Literature
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Potential for strong scholarship and publication in relevant fields
  • Ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Secondary area of expertise (for instance in critical and cultural theory; critical race studies; gender and sexuality studies; childhood studies; disability studies; colonization/empire studies; transatlantic or hemispheric studies; studies of the digital humanities; and/or other literacies)


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and graduate transcripts are required. Three confidential letters of recommendation are required and will be requested of your referees by our online application system.  The materials should clearly evidence how the applicant's experience (academic or non-academic) has prepared them to effectively teach Western's increasingly diverse student body.

Screening interviews will take place via videoconference in early winter.  To receive priority consideration for a screening interview, applications should be received by November 2, 2018, when application review begins.  Finalist interviews will be conducted on campus.

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins November 2, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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