Page for Academic Positions in American Literature (field open or mixed) that begin in 2019-2020.

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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions - 2019 Deadlines[edit | edit source]

Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), Assistant Professor of Literature in English (open field) 

 The Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Boğaziçi University invites applications for a full-time position of Assistant Professor of literature in English to be filled by a Turkish national starting in the academic year of 2021-2022. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to integrate active scholarship with excellent teaching. PhD thesis defense is required by June 30, 2020. Please send your CV, a writing sample of approximately 20 pages, a teaching statement, and a cover letter in one PDF file to llapp@boun.edu.tr. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020.

Ca' Foscari University of Venice (ITA) - TT Asst. Professor - English and Anglo-American Languages, Literatures and Cultures[edit | edit source]

Ca’ Foscari invites applications for a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor in the area of English and Anglo-American Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Ca’ Foscari is a research intensive institution committed to competing for international scientific excellence through the recruitment of the best academic talents worldwide. Talented young researchers and experienced senior professors make Ca’ Foscari a stimulating environment for career development and research freedom. Our university is committed to research excellence, funding promising researchers and developing international partnerships. As a leading research university, Ca’ Foscari explores cutting-edge research directions across disciplinary boundaries, setting a new agenda designed around six global challenges.

Ca’ Foscari is looking for a researcher in the area of English and Anglo-American Languages, Literatures and Cultures, with a cutting edge research profile. The researcher should also have a strong commitment to teaching new generations of students so that they can become game-changers in their own fields and make a difference in the world.

The position will be hosted in the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies. The Department has recently received a “Department of Excellence” Award by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. The Excellence Award has allowed the Department to Develop state of the art laboratory facilities to pursue the theoretical and empirical study of linguistic and cultural diversity.

The QS World University Ranking by subject has placed Ca’ Foscari of Venice among the top 100 universities in the world for the study and teaching of Modern Languages.

The Department is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to language, literature and culture, with fertile exchanges between linguistic, literary, historical and political approaches and an international outlook essential to a critical understanding of global society.

The Department actively pursues internationalization, activating joint programmes, Erasmus exchange periods, internships abroad, encouraging publication in international journals and inviting many Visiting Scholars and Professors.

The Institution

Since its foundation in 1868, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has been a leader in Economics and Foreign Languages and Cultures. Today, Ca’ Foscari is exploring new frontiers in research, focusing on Climate Change, Digital Humanities, Digital and Social Innovation, and Nanosciences. An intellectual powerhouse of international repute in the heart of the city of Venice, Ca’ Foscari provides a one-of-a-kind blend of scientific research, cultural heritage and history, offering a life-changing experience to its students and researchers, with a transformative impact on the local community.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has also obtained the full Human Resources Strategy for Researchers certificate, a set of initiatives to improve work conditions for researchers and to attract talents worldwide. Ca’ Foscari provides applicants with services for new faculty. Our Housing office will help you search for a suitable and convenient accommodation. If you are a non-Italian applicant or if you have resided outside of Italy for more than 3 years, you will benefit from a favorable tax treatment for the first 4 years of the contract.

Read the call here (in English): https://intra.unive.it/plapps/bandi/common/file_bandi/31291.pdf

Source: Jobs.ac.uk

Deadline: 1 July 2019 (Central European Time)

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Goethe University of Frankfurt (EU:Deu:Hes) - Full Professor in American Literature and Theory[edit | edit source]

The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main will be filling the position of Professor (W3) for American Literature and Culture, beginning in the winter semester of 2020/2021.

We expect that the candidate's expertise represents the entire breadth of American Literature and Culture, both in teaching and in terms of research and publications. Candidates will also need to demonstrate expertise in aesthetics, literary theory, and media history. We seek candidates with an internationally established research profile, as reflected in publications in leading international publications.

We expect that the appointee will participate in and initiate research projects with other researchers across disciplines, work as part of institutional committees, and passionately contribute to university life and the life of the department. The position will be part of the course of study titled "American Studies" in the MA-tier program "Aesthetics" and will also teach literature courses to future teachers of English. Accordingly, it is preferable that the candidate can convey didactic and pedagogic strategies for integrating the literature course content into secondary school curricula.

Goethe University aspires to increase the number of women in the academy and therefore explicitly asks women to apply. In addition, applications by academics with severe disabilities will receive preferential consideration.

Details of the legal framework for this hiring process can be found here (in German and English) .

If you meet these requirements, please send the following materials (in A4 paper format) to the dean of the department (Dekanin des Fachbereichs Neuere Philologien an der Goethe-Universität) at service@lingua.uni-frankfurt.de.

  • CV (in tabular form)
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • List of publications
  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • List of international research groups or fellowships you have participated in or organized
  • Evidence of attracting third party funding to such projects and publications

Deadline: 26 September 2019 (15:00 h / 3 pm, Central European Time, UTC+2)

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Södertörn University (SWE) - Senior lecturer in English - American Literature[edit | edit source]

Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University) in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 11 000 students and 840 employees. Undergraduate and postgraduate education and research are conducted in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Technology and Education. Our site is in Flemingsberg. Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.

English at Södertörn University is taught as a freestanding subject but is also included in degree programmes: MEG (Media, English and Globalisation) and Teacher Education with an Intercultural Profile. We conduct teaching and research in the English language, as well as the literature, society and cultural heritage of this linguistic area. Proficiency training in English is included in many of our courses. Language and culture are also studied from postcolonial and multicultural perspectives.

Senior lecturer in English, specialising in American literature

Job description The position includes teaching, supervision, and responsibility for courses and course development at first and second cycle levels (Bachelor’s and Master’s levels). A significant amount of teaching focuses on Teacher Education.

Basic Qualifications An individual is qualified for employment as Senior Lecturer if he/she has proven teaching skills and possesses a doctorate in English, specializing in American literature or has the equivalent scholarly expertise or other professional skills that are of significance to the position’s demands and job description. Teaching is primarily conducted in English, but the applicant is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within the first two years of employment.

Coursework or training in higher education teaching, or the equivalent, is advantageous.

Please refer to item 2.2.1 in Södertörn University’s Appointments Procedure, which is available at sh.se/ledigajobb.

Grounds for assessment The grounds for assessment when employing a senior lecturer is the degree of expertise required to be eligible for the position. Scholarly expertise is demonstrated through research. Pedagogical expertise must be demonstrated through documented experience of conducting and developing courses and a written presentation of the applicant’s pedagogical approach. Applicants must also have the personal skills necessary to meet the demands of the position. Please refer to items 2.2.2 and 2.2.3 of Södertörn University’s Appointments Procedure, which is available at sh.se/ledigajobb.  

Scholarly and educational expertise will be given equal priority.

For this position, in addition to the basic qualifications detailed above, the following grounds for assessment have also been decided (in order of importance):

The items below must be documented.

Research in English in the fields of subject didactics or educational studies, specialising in literary studies
Experience of teaching and/or research specialising in intercultural perspectives
Experience of teaching in Teacher Education programmes
Good cooperation skills
Research focusing on the years 1600-1900

Employment 
The position is full-time and until further notice, start date as agreed. The university may apply a six-month probationary period.

Applications Applications must be written in English as they may be reviewed by international external experts. Application deadline: July 1, 2019.

Observe that:
- Publications referred to must be attached to the application.
- An application that is not complete or arrives at Södertörn University after the closing date may be rejected.
- On the website sh.se/vacantpositions there is a template for applications that the applicant needs to follow.

Additional information Head of Department Christine Farhan, tel +46 (0)8 608 4106
Subject representative Sheila Ghose, tel +46 (0)8 608 4539
Recruitment Coordinator Anna Mustelin, tel +46 (0)8 608 4549

Apply here (scroll down for English text): https://www.sh.se/ledigajobb?rmpage=job&rmjob=2533

Source: Academic Positions

Deadline: 1 July 2019 (Central European Time, UTC+1)

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Southern University, Baton Rouge (USA:LA) - TT Assistant Professor - American Literature[edit | edit source]

The successful candidate will teach upper-level English courses specific to his/her area of specialization, survey English Literature, and Freshman Composition courses. Preference will be given to candidates possessing the ability and qualifications to teach American Literature courses. The successful candidate will teach a 4/4 teaching load, serve on departmental and university committees, have a willingness to learn and employ instructional technology in all courses (in face to face, hybrid, and online modalities), participate in university functions (including student advisement/mentoring), and develop and/or maintain a record of scholarship in his/her field of study.

Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in English. Additionally, a record of college teaching; evidence of scholarly presentation and publication potential; knowledge of the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning; and excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

To apply, send the attached employment application, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three (3) letters of recommendation to:

English Search Committee

Department of English and World Languages

Southern University and A&M College

P.O. Box 9671

Baton Rouge, LA 70813

Or submit via email to: vonsha_henderson@subr.edu

Apply here.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

Deadline: 31 December 2019 (US Central Time, UTC-5)

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Texas A&M International University (USA:Tx) - Assistant Professor of American Literature (Open)[edit | edit source]

The Department of Humanities at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) seeks an Assistant Professor of American Literature (a tenure-track, 9-month position) to begin Fall 2020.   Duties will include: (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, (2) maintaining an active research agenda, and (3) performing university service.  A reduced course load (2/2 in the first year, 2/3 in the second year, and 3/3 for the remaining four years of the tenure-track) is provided to allow time for scholarship/research.

We desire candidates with:

An established record of or strong potential for scholarly publication;
Research expertise and/or teaching experience in any subfield of American Literature from the origins to the present; and
Scholarly interests in the study of the Americas from a comparative perspective, particularly the dialogues between Latin and Anglo-American Literatures.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must hold an earned doctorate degree in English or a closely related discipline at the time of application.  The official start date is August 16, 2020.

TAMIU is a growing university of over 8,000 students located in Laredo, Texas, a vibrant bi-lingual, bi-cultural city with a population of about 250,000 on the U.S./Mexico border. For more information, visit www.tamiu.edu.  We offer a reduced teaching load for junior faculty to allow for scholarly activities/publications.   TAMIU offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.  Financial support for professional development opportunities, such as attending academic conferences, is also provided by the university.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019.

Applications must be submitted online at https://www.tamiu.edu/adminis/ohr/employment/

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANT: During the application process you have only one opportunity to enter the requested information, upload documents, and submit the application. You will not be able to make changes or add additional documents once you “Submit” the application materials. The software does not allow you to “Save” your application and return to complete the process at a later time. The page "My Experience" has an area provided under Resume/CV to drop or upload files. Be sure to include:

Resume/ CV
Cover letter
At least 3 current professional references and their full contact information
Unofficial Transcripts

Applications received by Texas A&M International University must have all job application data entered. Failure to provide all job application data could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application.  “See resume” is not an acceptable entry in the job application.

TAMIU IS AN EO / AA / VETERANS / DISABILITY EMPLOYER

Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation and employment is contingent on the results of the criminal history investigation

Deadline: 14 November 2019 (North American Central Time, UTC-6)

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Rejection (no interview): 12/6

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NOTES: any news here?

  • nothing here, but the department has a VAP with the same exact qualifications they advertised, so I'm not holding my breath. (1/8)
  • Did the campus visit in Feb. They offered me the VAP position instead of the tt one.

University of Indiana, Kokomo (USA:In) - Assistant Professor of English, American Lit[edit | edit source]

The English and Language Studies Department at Indiana University Kokomo invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of English position beginning January 2, 2020. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in English, or closely related discipline, with a specialization in American literature, in hand by start January 2nd. Candidates specializing in any area of American literature are encouraged to apply. An appropriate level of university, professional, and community service is required, such as committee work, assessment of the major, and engagement in campus initiatives to increase retention and enrollment.

The course load will be three sections per semester. In addition, the preference will be given to candidates who can assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of our student publication journal Field. One course release per semester is granted to take on this role. The preference for teaching for this position is American literature survey, specialized American literature courses, and other classes as needed, but related areas will be considered. Publication is required for promotion and tenure, and for maintaining a 3/3 load after tenure.

For best consideration, applications should be received by September 16, 2019, and review will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a cover letter which addresses the qualifications as listed above, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement or philosophy, university transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and the names and contact information for three references at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8290.

One of eight campuses of Indiana University, Indiana University Kokomo is a comprehensive, non-residential campus located 50 miles north of Indianapolis in Kokomo, Indiana, a city of a population of about 50,000. Committed to student success, the campus serves approximately 3,100. IU Kokomo has approximately 260 full-time faculty and staff. Baccalaureate and master’s degrees are offered. Additional information about Indiana University Kokomo can be accessed at http://www.iuk.edu. Persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this application process should contact the Office of Affirmative Action at 765-455-9316.

Indiana University Kokomo seeks faculty skilled at working with members of diverse cultures and committed to preparing students to be engaged members of an increasingly diverse society.

Indiana University Kokomo is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. This institution is also a provider of ADA services.

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Joe Keener, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Chair, Department of English and Language Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, keenerj@iuk.edu.  

Deadline: 16 September 2019 (North American Eastern Time, UTC-4)

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Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.): Zoom interview scheduled for the week beginning 10/14 (10/8)

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NOTES: Has anyone heard anything from IUK about this position? 

  • Crickets here (10/6)
  • Wrote the listed contact Joe Keener on 10/4 because my recommenders never received recommendation requests; as of 10/8 no reply. 

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions - 2020 [edit | edit source]

Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), Assistant Professor of Literature in English (open field) 

 The Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Boğaziçi University invites applications for a full-time position of Assistant Professor of literature in English to be filled by a Turkish national starting in the academic year of 2021-2022. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to integrate active scholarship with excellent teaching. PhD thesis defense is required by June 30, 2020. Please send your CV, a writing sample of approximately 20 pages, a teaching statement, and a cover letter in one PDF file to llapp@boun.edu.tr. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020.

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments - 2019/2020 Deadlines[edit | edit source]

King's College London (EU:UK:Eng) - Lecturer in American Literature (2 years)[edit | edit source]

The Department of English wishes to appoint a fixed-term Lecturer in American Literature (Academic Education Pathway) for a period of 24 months from 1 September 2019. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach on a range of undergraduate modules. These will include teaching on the survey modules in American Literature - the first-year Introduction to American Literature and the second-year Early American Literature - as well as the modules US Slavery & the Literary Imagination and Intellectuals of the Black Atlantic.

Other teaching will include Reading Poetry as well as working with students on essay writing and supervising BA & MA Dissertations.

See here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/english/modules

The post-holder will be involved in personal tutoring and some academic administration. They will play a full part in the intellectual life of the Department, including departmental sessions on research, professional development and pastoral care.

This post will be offered on a full time, 24-month fixed term contract.

The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview during week commencing August 19th.

Deadline: 11 Aug 2019 (UK Time, UTC+0)

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Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2019-2020[edit | edit source]

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