Assistant Professor of Literature

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Ave Maria University

Position Announcement:

Assistant Professor of Literature

Ave Maria University invites applicants for the position of assistant professor of literature beginning in Fall 2021. The specialization is open, but candidates should be prepared to teach a survey in American Literature and a survey in British Literature once a year, as well as introductory overviews of major literary genres.  Candidates should also be able to teach sections of university core classes in Composition and Western Civilization and Culture.

Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarship.  The ideal candidate will be able to situate the study and teaching of literature within the framework of the Catholic liberal arts. Ph.D. in Literature, English, or a related field required (ABD considered).


Applicants should submit a cover letter, which includes a statement of research interests and teaching competencies. Because the Literature Program is part of the interdisciplinary Department of Communications and Literature at Ave Maria University, which also houses programs in Composition and Modern Languages, applicants are invited to briefly mention secondary teaching interests and competencies in rhetoric, writing, journalism, media production, media criticism, secondary language instruction and related areas.

Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae and a short statement relating their philosophy of teaching to the University’s Catholic mission as expressed in Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

All materials should be submitted to the link below.

Incomplete applications missing any components, especially the Ex Corde Ecclesiae statement, will not be considered. 

Additionally, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted in support of their application upon request.

Electronic applications to the University’s Talent Management site are required, and all documents should be prepared ahead of time, as a second log in with additional submissions is not permitted.

Copy and paste the below URL to your web browser to register within the AMU Talent Application Site and upload the above requested application materials:

Questions should be directed to Dr. John Jasso, Chair of the Department of Communications and Literature,  

If you need assistance with submitting your materials please contact H.R. at  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final administrative approval. Ave Maria University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Ave Maria University provides an excellent benefit package to full time faculty and staff.

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional disciples of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

For more information about Ave Maria University, please visit our website:

The town of Ave Maria is Southwest Florida’s newest hometown, built around the Ave Maria University and the Ave Maria Parish. A small, safe, and family oriented community with affordable housing, yet just 30 minutes away you will discover all the treasures of Naples, Florida with its sugar-sand beaches, cultural attractions such as Artis Naples, the Sugden Community Theater, and a large array of shopping and dining choices. For more information on the community please visit this link:


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