Tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with a specialization in Ecocriticism and Social Justice

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The Department of English at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ecocriticism and Social Justice, to begin in fall 2022. We seek a passionate teacher and scholar to help us launch our new Concentration in Literature and the Environment. The candidate will join a thriving English Department and offer courses supportive of the College’s emphasis on environmental humanities. The candidate will co-teach the Environmental Studies core course, Environment and Society, as well as contributing core courses in the new English major Concentration in Literature and the Environment. A secondary emphasis in poetics is desirable.

The English Department at Colby is unusual among liberal arts colleges in offering majors in English, in English with a concentration in Literature and the Environment, 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. Our work in Literature and the Environment supports students across the College who are interested in environmental issues and in social justice. 

For this position we seek a teacher-scholar with demonstrated teaching excellence and strong  record of research. Teaching will include first-year writing and departmental core courses, including those in the Concentration and either Foundations of Literary Study (introduction for majors) or Literary Theory. Candidates can expect to teach courses in their field of specialization at advanced levels and to supervise honors theses in their field. PhD must be in hand no later than August 2022.

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, chair of the search committee.  Mary.Ellis.Gibson@colby.edu

To apply, please submit applications through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/94201  Include cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a two-page statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates commitment to the value of diversity and to inclusive teaching, a concise description of scholarly interests, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. Review of materials will begin on Nov. 1 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: www.colby.edu


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