Assistant Professor of English with specializations in Children's & Young Adult Literature

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The English Department at Wheaton College Massachusetts invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a specialization in children’s and young adult literature. A demonstrated ability to teach underrepresented areas in children’s and young adult literature, especially African American literature, literature of the African diaspora, or Latinx literature is preferred. An ability to teach departmental courses outside of children’s and young adult literature is also expected. The successful applicant should maintain an active record of publication in the areas of children’s and/or young adult literature and culture.

Wheaton is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college of 1800 students located in Norton, MA and within easy commuting distance of Boston and Providence. Wheaton has been operating under a remote hybrid teaching model in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is our hope to return to an in-person teaching model for the fall of 2021. While this position may be temporarily remote, there is an expectation that the teaching will be on campus when the college determines it is safe to return to in-person operations. The normal teaching load is 2/3. Members of the English department teach college writing and occasionally teach the college’s First-Year Experience seminar. A reduction in course load normally occurs in the first year to help establish professional development.

For full consideration, the following are to be submitted via Wheaton’s online application system: letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, writing sample, a copy of selected publications, and contact information for three references. Please note that references will not be contacted upon application; confidential letters of reference will be collected at a later stage of the hiring process and applicants will be alerted ahead of time. A review of applications will begin April 2, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

A PhD in English or a closely related field and undergraduate teaching experience are required. Candidates close to completion of their degrees may be considered, but PhD must be in hand by July 2021.

Evidence teaching under-represented areas in children’s and young adult literature, specifically African American literature, literature of the African diaspora, or Latinx literature.

Individuals must possess these knowledges, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Wheaton is a private coeducational liberal arts college within easy commuting distance of Boston and Providence. We have nearly 1,700 undergraduates from 40 U.S. States and more than 70 countries. Nearly 23% of our undergraduates are U.S. students of color and 11% are international citizens. Wheaton College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability. In a continuing effort to maintain and enrich an intellectually diverse learning environment, the Department and the College actively encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.


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