Assistant Professor - Early American Literature (English) in Bronx, New York

The Department of English invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Early American Literature, beginning Fall 2020. Candidates must have an active record of research and scholarship, and a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We seek a specialist in American Literature before 1900 whose research focuses on Anglo-American Literature (Colonial, Early National, and/or 19th-Century), Native American Studies, early African American Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Latin-American Writing, and/or intersections among these traditions. Comparative, multicultural, multilingual approaches are welcome, as is analysis of gender and sexuality or environmental modalities. We welcome scholars whose work explores the genealogy of the American literary and cultural present, ideally with a comparativist perspective that reflects the diverse histories of our students.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in early and nineteenth-century American literature, the successful candidate will be expected to teach core English Department literature courses, as well as general education and composition courses. The candidate will also be expected to be an active scholar (via conference presentations, journal articles, and book publication) and to provide service to the department, college, and university through advising, committee membership, and administrative assignments normally associated with a full-time tenure-track academic appointment. Evening teaching may be required.

Professorial ranks at Lehman teach 18 hours (6 courses) per year. Teaching is reduced for untenured professorial faculty by eight courses over the first five years for scholarly development. Lehman College and CUNY funding is available through competitive grants for research, travel, and professional development. All faculty are encouraged to seek external funding.

Lehman College is a senior college in The City University of New York (CUNY) system that prides itself on its commitment to public urban higher education. Located in the Bronx, the College serves its diverse student body of more than 15,000 students by providing a liberal arts education that prepares them for employment, graduate study, and the professions. In 2018, Lehman was ranked 3rd in the U.S. among four-year public institutions for economic mobility for students, and 1st in the U.S. among Hispanic-Serving Institutions with high extended upward income mobility rates.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant department with an increasing number of majors and minors and a nationally recognized faculty. One of nine departments in the School of Arts and Humanities, English values its ties with sibling departments – such as African American Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Journalism and Media Studies – while it also serves the larger College through courses in First-Year Composition, General Education, and Writing-in-the-Disciplines (for majors in Natural and Social Sciences and in Health Sciences). English students specialize in Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and (at the M.A. level) Writing and Rhetoric.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, or a closely related field in hand by the commencement of the appointment on August 26, 2020. Also required are the proven ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.


Salaries are commensurate with education and experience and they are subject to the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY salary schedule:

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Candidates must attach the following four documents: a curriculum vitae (that includes three professional references – name, title, organization, and contact information); a cover letter; evidence of teaching excellence; and a dissertation abstract or book prospectus.

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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