Visiting Assistant Professor in Poetry, Poetics and the Environment

Colby College
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

We seek a broadly trained scholar for a one-year position in twentieth- and twenty-first century poetry and environmental humanities to collaborate with colleagues across the College who are working in issues of environmental and social justice. The candidate will offer courses supportive of the department’s majors and our interdisciplinary commitment to environmental humanities. The candidate would teach twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry and poetic theory as the necessary literary historical complement to our creative writing program. The candidate could expect as well to teach core courses in the English department, to contribute to the college’s needs through W1 (writing intensive) and L (literature requirement) courses. We welcome candidates with broad comparative training, including work in transatlantic or comparative literatures. A secondary field in new media or digital humanities would be desirable.

Colby was the first college in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, and we have received numerous awards for sustainability. This commitment to environmental justice extends to the academic programs, and the English department has been a leader in Environmental Humanities. Supported by a major grant from the Mellon Foundation the College is developing a campus-wide transdisciplinary initiative in EH. Please see our website at . Many Colby students double major in Environmental Studies and English, and English department courses in Environmental Humanities attract students from across the College. We have, in addition, a very strong creative writing program which contributes to a lively intellectual climate.

We support a wide array of lectures, faculty work-in-progress seminars, and readings, and we foster both student and faculty research through grants and off-campus opportunities.

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their scholarship, teaching and service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

To apply, please submit applications through Interfolio at . Include cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates commitment to the value of diversity and to inclusive teaching, description of scholarly interests, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. Review of materials will begin on March 26, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website:

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