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Assistant Professor (English)


United States Naval Academy, English Department


Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by the review start date will receive full consideration.


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals with a variety of experiences and perspectives strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The English Department seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of African American Literature. We welcome PhDs in English or related fields (including Comparative Literature and Film/Media Studies) for the fall semester of 2022 (beginning as early as July 2022).

The Naval Academy English Department is a mix of civilians with doctorates and military officers.  All tenure-track faculty teach at all levels of the curriculum, including upper-level courses for English majors and sections of our two-semester first-year English sequence, Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature.  The first-year courses—which are both introductions to literature and writing courses—are organized generically: plays, essays, and short stories in the fall; novels and poems in the spring.  Each instructor designs an individual syllabus and chooses which texts to teach within these guidelines.

Teaching Load: 9 hours/semester (two sections of first-year English and one upper-level literature course).

Full summer research support may be available for the first three years of new appointments; after that, civilians may receive partial summer research support by applying for Naval Academy Research Council grants.  Faculty members receive full federal government service benefits.  For additional information about the department, visit our website: 

Qualified candidates must have a PhD by the time of appointment, should demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and show potential to continue an active scholarly program.  Promotion and tenure evaluations follow the American Association of University Professors guidelines.

This is a 10-month federal excepted service position with a three-year initial academic appointment.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in literature or closely related discipline; anticipated completion of PhD by June 2022 is acceptable.



Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and diversity statement to Michelle Allen-Emerson, Chair of the English Department, at  You may also use this address to submit any questions you may have about the position or the application process. 

We also ask that applicants fill out the USNA English Department Faculty Application Form (no login required).

Please note:

  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Further information can be found at:
  • Please indicate in your application materials if you do or do not acknowledge and understand this requirement.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 


  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

  • All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination. Background investigations for non-US Citizens often require up to two years to complete, and for non-US Citizens the background check must be complete before employment can begin.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who would like to request reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

Announcement: ENGL-21-22-1

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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