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Searching for Whichard Visiting Distinguished Professorship

Position # 949040
Organizational Unit Overview
The Department of English ( is one of sixteen departments in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University. It is a vibrant and research-active unit that offers three degrees: a B.A. in English; an M.A. in English with concentrations in eight different areas; and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication.
As an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, Gender Studies ( connects faculty across disciplinary boundaries around common interests in women, gender, and sexuality; scholars from across the humanities are well represented in the GENS community who participate regularly in Gender to a Tea, a series where faculty present their pre-publication gender-themed research.
East Carolina University (, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls around 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 90,000), which lies 90 miles east of Raleigh and 80 miles from the Atlantic coast.
Job Duties
The Department of English invites applications for the Whichard Visiting Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities focused on gender and/or sexuality and multiethnic American literatures. This special one-year appointment starts August 12, 2019, and ends May 11, 2020. The faculty member appointed will be hired at the rank of Visiting Associate Professor or Visiting Professor.
The Whichard Distinguished Professor will teach one course per semester to include one English course in multicultural/ transnational literature and one English/Gender Studies cross-listed course in a selected topic. The appointee will guest lecture in other courses as appropriate.
The Whichard Distinguished Professor will also contribute through developing and participating in workshops, public lectures, and conversations relating to the humanities. The person appointed will act as an advocate for the importance of studying languages, literatures, and cultures and will engage not only with students and faculty in the Department, College, and University, but also with the East Carolina community at large.
Minimum Education/Experience
Applicants must have speaking fluency in English; a doctorate or equivalent degree in English, Gender or Women’s Studies, and/or another humanities-related field, such as Comparative Literature or Ethnic Studies; a distinguished record of publication; and a demonstrated commitment to the humanities.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Preference will be given to candidates with a history of university engagement and participation in academic programming and community building. Candidates selected for interviews should be prepared to discuss ideas for using additional resources associated with the professorship.
Special Instructions to Applicant
Applications must be submitted online at, and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests (including plans to engage with students and faculty in the humanities), evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of and contact information for three current references. Applicants should also arrange for three current letters of
recommendation to be sent to: Chair, Whichard Search Committee, Department of English, East Carolina University, 2140 Bate Building, Mail Stop 555, Greenville, NC 27858. An official transcript is required upon employment. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018; and the position will remain open until filled.
East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).
Criticality approved 9/12/18
Ad appvd WD/DM 10/9/18

A Call for Papers from Dr. Deena

“Transnational Interconnections of Multicultural and
Postcolonial Meanderings in Diasporic Peoples and Cultures”
Edited Collection of Essays


Dear Scholars:

I am inviting you to submit your unpublished research papers on literature, film, culture, and/or theory that have some connections with one or more of the following: transnational, multicultural, and postcolonial interconnections in the context of diasporic peoples and cultures, whether forced or voluntary migration.
Possible publisher includes: Prestige Books International, Peter Lang, Indiana University Press.
The proposed title of the edited collection of essays is: “Transnational Interconnections of Multicultural and Postcolonial Meanderings in Diasporic Peoples and Cultures.”
Submissions may include, but are not limited to the following: Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Latin American, etc. diasporic peoples and cultures.

Submission Guidelines:

• Manuscript must be written in English language.
• File must be in Microsoft Word format.
• Font & size: Times New Roman 12 or Goudy Old Style 12.
• Word limit: Minimum 2000 and Maximum 3500.
• Abstract: 300 words.
• The authors should follow MLA Works Cited 8th edition in their papers.
• Each manuscript must carry a self-declaration that it is an original work and has not been published/sent for publication anywhere else.
• A brief bio of 150 words is required.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript to

Stage One Deadline: Submit an abstract of about 300 words and a brief bio of about 150 words
before or by September 30, 2018.

Stage Two Deadline: Submit completed paper of 2500-3500 words before or by December 15, 2018.

A Thesis on Mixed-Race Protagonists

On behalf of the MTLFF concentration, congratulations to Nicole Herche upon successfully defending her thesis, “Between Two Worlds: The Depiction of Mixed-Race Ostracism by the Minority Group in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, Matt de la Peña’s Mexican Whiteboy, and Heidi Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell from the Sky,” directed by Dr. Huang.

Nadine Moore successfully defends a thesis on “A Black Body Electric”

On behalf of the faculty in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, Foklore, and Film, congratulations to Nadine Moore upon successfully defending her thesis “A “Black Body Electric” – African American Rhetoric(s) and the Hip-Hop Aesthetic: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Beyoncé Knowles’ Lemonade, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, directed by Dr. Will Banks.

Diversity Activities for Kindergartners

Congratulations to Jazmin Brooke Pittman upon the successful defense of her CAPS project, “Kindergarten Transformation: African American Heritage Celebration.” Promoting diversity, Afrrican American history, and the arts in the context of teaching five-year-olds is a remarkable achievement, and we’re excited and proud to learn about the work that Jazmin is doing in Charlotte.

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