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Assistant/Associate Professor of Science Fiction Studies

Florida Atlantic University
Florida, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies, English & Literature, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of English at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant /Associate Professor position to begin August 2022. Candidates must have primary teaching and research interests in Science Fiction. Special consideration may be given to candidates who also have secondary teaching and research interests in digital humanities, new media, or game studies.  Candidates with other secondary fields will also be considered.


The College of Arts & Letters at Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging communities underrepresented in higher education. Florida Atlantic University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the diverse internal and external communities that it serves.


The English MA program has a concentration in SF and Fantasy Studies, one of the only such concentrations in the country. The new hire will contribute substantially to this concentration in Science Fiction and Fantasy. In addition, the new hire will contribute to FAU’s Comparative Studies PhD program and may play a role in the university’s developing Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative. The new faculty member will also have the opportunity to participate in the Center for the Future Mind in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, headed by Dr. Susan Schneider, the William F. Dietrich distinguished professor of philosophy in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and a member of FAU’s Brain Institute. The successful candidate will be eligible to join an existing community of scholars through Florida Atlantic University’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE, I-SENSE is a university-wide innovation hub, leading fundamental research in sensing, computing, communication, artificial intelligence, and cryptography, with disciplinary-specific applications to environmental science,  health and behavior, urban planning and design, infrastructure systems, and other application areas. The I-SENSE mission is to catalyze a culture of research excellence in sensing, smart systems, and their applications; to develop, demonstrate, and operate solutions with high societal impact; and to attract and support future generations of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners.


The hired candidate will teach on the Boca Raton campus.  We seek a candidate who will balance high-quality scholarship, excellence in teaching, and committed service. Faculty typically teach a 3-2 course schedule.  There will be the opportunity to teach and mentor students in the Department’s MA and MFA programs, as well as in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ interdisciplinary PhD program, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’ MA and undergraduate programs, and other interdisciplinary programs within the College.


FAU serves a culturally and ethnically diverse six-county region in Southeast Florida (Broward, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties) whose total population is more than five million people. The Department of English is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment, with a focus on diversifying the faculty. The Department strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. We are seeking faculty who can teach in these and other areas while contributing to the diversity and excellence in our programs and courses through their research, teaching and service.





Minimum Qualifications:

PhD from an accredited institution in English or Comparative Literature, or related field, at time of appointment, publication record in field, and relevant teaching experience at the college level.




Commensurate with Experience



College or Department:

College of Arts & Letters




Boca Raton



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Application Deadline:




Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

This position is subject to funding.

Preliminary interviews will be held via Zoom.

Required Documents:
FAU’s Career Page permits the attachment of required/requested documentation.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into one attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

When completing the online application, please upload all required documentation noted here: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information of three references.

The selected candidate for this position is required to submit an official transcript sent directly from the institution is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Similarly, for degrees from outside the United States, the evaluation by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts) is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment.

Background Screening:
Successful completion of a pre-employment background check is required for the candidate selected for this position.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

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