Assistant Professor – Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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Assistant Professor – Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Position Description

The Department of English at Texas State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position, specialty in children’s and young adult literature. The successful applicant is expected to maintain an active record of publication and to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in area of specialization. Teaching assignments will include upper-level children’s and adolescent literature survey courses and core English courses, such as first-year composition and/or introductory literature surveys taught in a large lecture setting. Teaching may include other courses in literature within the successful candidate’s areas of interest, with preference given to research/teaching in under-represented areas in children’s and young adult literature, including (but not limited to) African-American literature, literature of the African diaspora, Latinx literature, Native American literature, and LBGTQ literature. Appointment begins Fall 2020.

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in English or closely related field that meets accreditation requirements, with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in English and degree completed at time of appointment.
• Specialization in children’s and young adult literature.
• Demonstrated teaching excellence.
• Experience teaching first-year college writing and/or other core English courses.
• Background and/or experience commensurate with the position of assistant professor and sufficient to teach graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature.
• Demonstrated ability in scholarly research on children’s and young adult literature and culture.

Preferred Qualifications

• Ability to teach under-represented areas in children’s and young adult literature, including (but not limited to) African-American literature, literature of the African diaspora, Latinx literature, Native American literature, or LBGTQ literature, as well as core courses in English (first-year composition, large introductory literature surveys).
• Ability to teach history of the literature written for young readers.
• Ability to teach upper-level children’s and adolescent survey courses.

Application Procedures                                                                                                             

Only applications submitted through the Texas State University website will be accepted and considered, https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/postings/25832. To ensure full consideration, please submit the following by November 1, 2019: 1) a letter of application, 2) current curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references (to follow curriculum vitae).

About Texas State University

As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students. Our students come from around the globe, and our student body is diverse. Fifty-two percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities. More than 38,000 students choose from almost 100 bachelor’s and 100 master’s degrees, as well as a number of doctoral programs.

Texas State's San Marcos campus is located in a growing community of 60,000 people in the Austin Metropolitan Area. Texas State is located in the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies roll into beautiful hills. The beauty of the crystal-clear San Marcos River and the stately cypress and oak trees on the campus add to the charm of the university’s picturesque setting.

Texas State University, to the extent not in conflict with federal or state law, prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.


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