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Assistant Professor, Anglophone Literature

University of Connecticut
Waterbury, Connecticut
Posted Date
Oct 28, 2022

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The English Department at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Anglophone Literature, to be based at the Waterbury campus.

The successful candidate will pursue research in Anglophone Literature, ideally with expertise in African, Caribbean, South Asian, and/or diasporic literature. A secondary specialization in British Literature would be welcome. Further areas of focus may include Young Adult Literature; ecocriticism and environmental justice; sovereignty, decoloniality, and nation; and/or performance and media studies. In addition to excellence in research, the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and will be expected to teach in both our undergraduate and graduate programs.

The UConn English Department, active at Storrs and all of UConn’s regional campuses, is home to more than 60 full-time faculty members whose engaged teaching, scholarly reputations, publications, and creative work help make UConn one of the top public research institutions in the nation. The Department is especially interested in attracting and hiring faculty who represent the diversity of the student body, as well as those with a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

UConn Waterbury has opened the doors to educational success and excellence for thousands of Connecticut residents for more than 70 years. With its two state-of-the-art facilities that span across East Main Street, the campus is an educational hub in the heart of Waterbury’s revitalized downtown. UConn Waterbury serves a diverse student body of 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including many first-generation students. The campus offers 9 undergraduate majors and provides entry to the more than 115 undergraduate majors and minors available at the University of Connecticut.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. or international equivalent in English, Comparative Literature, or a related field by the start date of employment.
  • A strong record of, or demonstrated potential for, scholarly excellence in the fields of Anglophone Literature and/or British Literature.
  • Experience of, or demonstrated capacity for, teaching courses in Anglophone Literature, and/or British Literature.
  • Evidence of a deep commitment to supporting diversity, inclusion, and equity in a higher education setting.


  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, expertise in one of the following areas of focus: Young Adult Literature; ecocriticism and environmental justice; sovereignty, decoloniality, and nation; performance and media studies.
  • Evidence of working with first-generation college students.
  • An interest in engaging with local and/or national community organizations in relevant areas of expertise.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The standard teaching expectation is two courses per semester. The University offers a highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

To Apply

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Writing sample;
  • Commitment to diversity statement;
  • Brief portfolio of teaching materials (e.g. syllabi, assignment prompts);
  • Three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, online applications should be received no later than November 14, 2022. For further information, please feel free to review the English Department website:

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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