Visiting Assistant Professor

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Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department. This one-year position will begin in Fall 2021. Salary is competitive and provides excellent benefits.

Institutional information:

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a highly competitive small liberal arts institution located in Bloomington, IL.

The English Department offers a major with concentrations in Literature and Writing. We offer minors in Journalism and New Media as well as Creative Writing. A large percentage of our English majors also major in Education Studies. Many of our students study abroad, receive academic credit for internships, pursue independent studies, and conduct honors research. The English Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. 


Candidates must have a PhD or be nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) in English, Comparative Literature, or a related field by August 1, 2021. We seek candidates who can teach courses that focus on African American literature, Asian American literature, diasporic studies, disability studies, gender studies, global literatures, Latinx literature, and/or Native American literature.


The primary responsibility will be to teach undergraduate English courses. The typical teaching load is three classes per semester, including one first-year writing course. Candidates who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.  

Special Notes:

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO employer.

Review of applications will begin on March 1; however, applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

To Apply:

Submit the following via email to

1. A cover letter addressing qualifications

2. A CV that includes information for three references

3. A clear statement describing how research, teaching, service, and/or work beyond the university have provided preparation for contributing to our commitment to address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historic marginalization.

Questions may be directed to:

Joanne Diaz, Chair

Department of English

Illinois Wesleyan University

1312 Park Street

Bloomington, IL 61761

Telephone: 312-203-8479



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