Job Opportunities


Closed: October 25, 2021

The University of California, Davis, Department of English invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in global Black literatures in English of any historical period. Applicants should have research and teaching interests in one or more of the following: African diasporic, Caribbean, Black Atlantic, Afro-Latinx, Anglophone African, and/or hemispheric Black literatures. We welcome, but do not require, interests in any of the following areas: anti- colonialism, critical geographies, ecology, digital cultures, gender and sexuality studies, science and technology studies, transimperial and transcontinental frameworks. Work that challenges established boundaries, regions, periods, and methods within Anglophone literary studies is likewise welcome. Applicants should be able to teach a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the field. Ph.D. in English or a related field is required and must be in hand by September 1, 2022. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample, three (3) letters of reference, and a statement of contributions to diversity through the online application form. Applications must be received by October 25, 2021 for fullest consideration.  

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. We actively seek faculty who aspire to educate a student body rich in diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, first-generation status, socioeconomic status, and academic interests.  

Application Requirements 
Cover Letter - Include discussion of research and teaching interests. 
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV. 
Writing Sample - No more than 25 pages. 
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested. 
Authorization to Release Information Form 
Reference letter requirements: 3 letters of reference required. 

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration.  Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks. 

2021-2022 Lecturer Search in English

Open: May 19, 2021; Close: March 31, 2022

The Department of English seeks lecturers in all areas of writing instruction, creative writing and literature for classes to be offered during the 2021-2022 academic school year. 

Candidates need to have a PhD at the time of appointment, unless you are applying to teach Creative Writing classes, in which case an MFA or MA in Creative Writing is sufficient.

Eligibility and Application Procedure: 
Successful applicants will have experience and demonstrated competence teaching at the college level. Preferences will be given to applicants with experience in subject matter relevant to courses available.

The application procedure is as follows:
a. Submit a letter of application of no more than two pages that includes information about your teaching experiences and goals. It should indicate which fields of literature / creative writing and/or undergraduate English courses on our curriculum you are most qualified to teach. If you have had experience lecturing for larger audiences and if you have experience in remote instruction, please let us know that as well. Initial review date for applications is June 11, 2021.

b. Along with your letter of application, please submit a CV that lists all relevant courses taught.

c. A Statement of Contributions to Diversity is required of all applicants.

Candidates selected for further consideration will be asked to submit a teaching portfolio and a letter of recommendation.