Assistant professor, tenure track position in Early Modern Literature, with specialization in drama

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The Department of English at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in early modern literature, with a specialty in drama, to begin in fall 2021. We seek a passionate teacher and scholar to join a thriving English Department. We are especially interested in candidates whose work engages with questions of early modern race and ethnicity in a global context. Secondary fields might also include performance studies, gender and sexuality, cinema studies, environmental humanities, among other fields. Work in public humanities or digital humanities would also complement our commitments to innovation and civic engagement.

The English Department at Colby is unusual among liberal arts colleges in offering majors both in English and in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Many students from across campus also minor in English or in Creative Writing. We support a lively array of lectures, faculty work-in-progress seminars, and readings, and we foster both student and faculty research through grants and off-campus opportunities. Many Colby students and most English majors study abroad for at least one semester; our courses in Anglophone literatures provide a strong foundation for their understanding of cultural differences.

For this position we seek a teacher scholar with demonstrated teaching excellence and strong publications. Teaching will include first-year writing and departmental core courses (Foundations and / or Literary Theory) along with courses in the field of specialization, including courses in Shakespeare and courses addressing race and ethnicity in the period. PhD must be in hand no later than August 2021.

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their scholarship, teaching and service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community. 

For further information, contact Professor Mary Ellis Gibson, Chair, Department of English.

To apply, please submit applications through Interfolio at

Include cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, description of scholarly interests, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages.  Review of materials will begin on March 25, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website:

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