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Assistant Professor in Literature of the Oceans

Williams College
Connecticut, United States
Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 22, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor in Literature of the Oceans

The Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program in Mystic, Connecticut invites applications for an Assistant Professor to teach literature of the oceans, supervise independent student research, and participate in 2-3 multi-day field seminars (an offshore sailing cruise and field seminars to the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts) in each of two semesters per year. We are seeking a teacher-scholar of literature with collaborative and interdisciplinary interests to begin July 2018. ÂSubspecialties could include transatlantic literary studies, diaspora studies, or others with a strong focus on the oceans. ÂThis is a Williams College faculty appointment, starting as a three-year renewable position. ÂPromotion to Associate Professor with renewable five-year terms is possible after 2 three-year terms. ÂThis is intended to be a career position with continued renewal going forward.

Williams-Mystic ( is a selective off-campus program of Williams College located at Mystic Seaport, with approx. 20 students each semester from many different colleges.

The mission of Williams-Mystic is to empower global, creative citizens while cultivating an enduring relationship with the sea. We create an open-minded, interdisciplinary academic community through experiential learning at Mystic Seaport, along the coasts of America, and on the oceans. Students of all majors study the history, literature, policy and science of the oceans, focusing on environment and sustainability.

We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and we ask you to write in your cover letter about your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion; we also encourage you to speak to any experience you have in working in a close-knit and highly collaborative learning environment.

PhD or MFA expected by Sept. 2018. ÂApplicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-page teaching statement, 1-page research statement, transcripts, and three letters of reference by November 1, 2017. All materials should be addressed to Lee Park, Dean of the Faculty, and must be submitted through Interfolio using this link: ÂPreliminary inquiries may be directed to Executive Director Tom Van Winkle ([email protected]).

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: .

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