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Assistant Professor of English with Specialization in Indigenous or Postcolonial Literature

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 24, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies, English & Literature, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies
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Full Time
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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English with specialization in Indigenous or Postcolonial literature to begin 2022-23.

Expertise in Black Indigeneity; global Anglophone literatures; or indigenous traditions of Africa, Oceania, or the Americas is especially welcome. Additionally, the successful candidate will have opportunities to teach courses on a variety of topics, potentially including creative writing, as well as within affiliated interdisciplinary programs and university-wide cohorts, including the Native American Cohort; Africana Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Poverty and Human Capability Studies; Law, Justice and Society; Middle East and South Asia Studies; Environmental Studies; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film and Visual Culture; and Digital Culture and Information.

W&L is ranked in the top ten national liberal arts institutions and English is one of the largest departments in the College. The department mentors a very active group of talented majors and creative writing minors, teaching the majority of undergraduate students in writing classes capped at 15, and literature classes capped at 20. We are committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strive to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the department and its curriculum.

This tenure-track position includes 5.5 courses across two twelve-week semesters plus a four-week May term. One of these courses will be a first-year writing seminar taught within the Writing Program. The other four courses are in literature at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Support for research includes conference funding, summer research funding, and pre-tenure leave, as well as opportunities to present to faculty cohorts and programs on campus; teaching support is available through university-wide workshops.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Candidates should demonstrate a sustained commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarly research. The department seeks candidates committed to working with diverse student and community populations; applicants are encouraged to describe in their letter of application how their research, teaching and service interests contribute to diverse communities. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in English or foreign equivalent, conferred by the start of the appointment.

Review of applications will begin on September 27th, 2021. Please submit a letter of application and C.V. via Interfolio at . Semifinalists will be contacted and asked to submit a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, three confidential recommendation letters, and optional selected syllabi and assignments. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. More information about our department and courses can be found here .

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

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