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Assistant Professor, Department of English, Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Clark University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Company Description:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.


Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, specializing in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, to begin in the fall 2022 semester. 


We welcome applications from candidates specializing in American literature (roughly from the end of the Early Republic through Reconstruction) -- inclusive of a range of demographic, geographic, linguistic, and theoretical configurations -- and particularly encourage a focus on issues such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, environment, and sexuality. The proximity of Clark University to the American Antiquarian Society may be of particular interest to applicants, but we seek candidates who can engage a range of research and teaching opportunities through on-campus research centers and faculty collaboratives, as well as other regional research venues. Successful candidates should be active research scholars, and able to teach American literature survey courses in addition to specialized seminars. Ph.D. is required by August 2022.


Additional Information:

Clark University is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty research. Located in Worcester, MA, the second largest city in New England, Clark University is known as an active partner in the life and culture of the immediate neighborhood and the city at large. Tenure-track faculty members normally teach a 2-2 load. In addition to providing ongoing support for teaching and research, Clark offers pre-tenured faculty a reduced teaching load in the first year, as well as a semester's sabbatical after a successful third-year review. Further information regarding support for faculty research and teaching may be found here: Further information about the English Department may be found here:


Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.


Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.


Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. 


Please submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae (including the names of three referees) as a single PDF. Longlisted candidates will be asked subsequently to submit a writing sample, three recent letters of recommendation, a diversity statement, and syllabus examples. Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2021. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom in mid-December, followed by campus visits in late January/early February for finalists. Questions may be addressed to Meredith Neuman, Chair, Department of English, at


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