The English Department of Lafayette College invites applications for a tenure-track position in African-American literature at the rank of assistant professor. The successful candidate will have prior teaching experience and be able to teach lower-division courses in writing and introductory literature and upper-division courses in African-American literature. We are particularly interested in candidates with secondary strengths, such as critical race theory, queer and/or feminist theory, and literatures of the African diaspora. The Ph.D. is required by the position start date: July 1, 2023. The teaching load is 2/2 in the first year, 3/2 thereafter.

To apply, please upload an application letter, cv, and single-page teaching philosophy to Interfolio ( by November 1, 2022. As part of your letter, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring and/or community service support Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the college’s diversity statement ( Inquiries about the position can be directed to the head of the English department, Prof. Chris Phillips (

There are approximately 30 English majors per year in the department. Many of them are double majors. The English department values critical discussions of race, gender, sexuality, emotional labor, and the social and cultural impact of literary and writing studies in the twenty-first century. We believe that the history of our discipline requires interrogation and decolonization, and we are excited to build with colleagues towards a more imaginative future.

Located within 70 miles of New York and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and engineering institution with significant resources to support faculty members in their teaching and scholarship. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette operations reflect the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.