Tenure-track Position in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

San Francisco State University Department of English Language and Literature
Tenure-track Position in Nineteenth-Century American Literature


The Department of English Language and Literature at San Francisco State University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Nineteenth-Century American literature beginning in August, 2020. We seek a colleague who can bring a global perspective to the teaching of Nineteenth-Century American literature, and whose secondary fields include critical theory and/or queer literatures.

The Department of English Language and Literature serves a vibrant student population on a flagship CSU campus that reflects the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area. The department is comprised of four undergraduate majors (English Education, Literature, Linguistics and Professional Writing and Rhetoric), four M.A. programs, three minors, and three graduate certificate programs. More detailed information about the
department’s programs can be found at https://english.sfsu.edu.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

•    Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body;
•    Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging;
•    Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice;
•    Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio;
•    Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
•    Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
•    Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.Responsibilities:

The position requires undergraduate and graduate (M.A. level) teaching in Nineteenth- Century American literature, mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, developing ongoing scholarly projects in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at https://english.sfsu.edu.

•    Ph.D. in English or related field at the time of appointment
•    Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students

•    Strong background in Nineteenth-Century American literature;
•    Demonstrated ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in related fields;
•    Research and/or teaching interests in critical theory, LGBTQ studies, or queer literatures.
•    Teaching and/or research experience with a large, diverse student body in multicultural setting are preferred
•    Demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship;
•    Experience teaching in the areas of: Nineteenth-Century American literature; critical theory; queer literatures; American literature in global perspective;
•    Active record of scholarship engaging with Nineteenth-Century American literature.
•    Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and/or scholarship.
•    Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under- represented communities.
•    Record of contributing to collegial, supportive, and collaborative work environments.

Rank and Salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Application deadline is Friday November 8, 2019. Submit letter of intent, a current CV, a statement of how your scholarship aligns with the commitment of the English Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, two samples of scholarly work, astatement of your teaching philosophy or foundational teaching practices, and three letters of recommendation. Materials to be submitted to Dr. Gitanjali Shahani, SFSU Chair, Department of English Language and Literature (Attn: Lit Search Committee) at engsearch@sfsu.edu.  Materials should be submitted as a single .pdf. Incomplete files will not receive full consideration.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.



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