Assistant Professor - English (Literature and the Environment)

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Department: English Department

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Literature and the Environment

Start Date: August 2021

Job Status: Tenure-track

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is an engaged learning community that is committed to promoting a diversity of thought and experience. We believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus and curriculum are critical to our educational mission. Tenure track faculty contribute to the College’s values of inclusive excellence through outstanding teaching, research/scholarship, and service to the department and college, and by providing academic advisement and mentoring to/for all students. Faculty are expected to engage deeply with their students to fulfill the campus mission of providing a personalized, collaborative, and rigorous education that engages students at the highest level within and beyond the classroom.

The English Department at TCNJ seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Literature and the Environment. Applicants must have a dissertation and scholarship that focuses on literature and the environment, eco-criticism, and/or the environmental humanities. Although applicants may specialize in any historical or cultural field of Anglophone literature, we are particularly interested in scholars with a secondary specialization in one or more of the following: digital humanities, 19th-century British and/or Modernist literature, or the intersections of environmental studies and race. The successful candidate will teach six undergraduate courses per academic year (with possible course releases for active scholars); conduct research of nationally recognized quality; advise and mentor students; and participate in service activities at the department, school, and college levels. Graduate teaching in our M.A. program is also available on an occasional basis, as is involvement with TCNJ's growing Environmental Studies Minor.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in English or a closely related field by August, 2021. Review of applications will begin on November 6th, with preference given to applications received by this date.

Apply online:

  • Cover letter describing qualifications as well as teaching and research interests

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

  • Names and contact information for three references 

  • A 20-30 page or article-length writing sample

Any questions about the position should be directed to Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

About TCNJ: 

The English department at TCNJ has 19 full-time faculty members and serves approximately 500 majors. We offer degrees in English Liberal Arts and English Secondary Education, and are a strong partner with the School of Education providing dual degrees to a number of programs, including Urban Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We also offer minors in Creative Writing and English as well as participate in interdisciplinary minors in Linguistics, US Studies, and Social Justice. The English Department additionally houses an MA program that serves both recent graduates and students across the state. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars, creative writers, and fully-engaged teacher-scholars. As one of the largest departments at TCNJ, English faculty are also actively involved in shared governance and service across campus. 

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective, public primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our 7,000 full-time undergraduate students. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a four-year graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research. TCNJ was awarded the inaugural "Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment" from the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2016. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter-an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools-Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit

To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The English Department strongly encourages applications from diverse, intersectional populations and cultures including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status. We also encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of professional and personal paths. Each candidate is invited to discuss their unique pathway in their application materials.


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