Full-Time Faculty/ World Literature

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The English and Communication Studies Department seeks a full-time specialist in World Literature with a regional specialization including, but not limited to, the Global South, African and African Diaspora, Caribbean, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Oceanic, or South/South East Asian literary traditions.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute leadership and vision to the Department's literature program, to provide intellectual and pedagogical innovation for world literature courses, to serve as a mentor to current and new literature faculty, and to develop interdisciplinary college-wide programming in global and area studies.

The candidate will be expected to work closely with other Liberal Arts and Sciences departments and have a commitment to working with culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse students in an institution with strong emphasis on globalism and experiential learning. At hire, the faculty member will be expected to teach existing courses in the English and Communication Studies Department, including literature and composition; develop new curriculum in the candidate's area of specialization; and be prepared to offer courses that expand and seek to decolonize/challenge traditional liberal arts curricula and pedagogies. Additionally, the candidate will engage in academic service and conduct research in their area of expertise.

 


Requirements:

Specific Competencies

Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:

Globalism

  • Possess expertise in helping students discover how specific works of literature can challenge or solidify accepted norms and values and uncover moments of cultural evolution and revolution.
  • Demonstrate ability to help students delve into human experience by examining key works of literature from diverse historical, racial, ethnic, religious, aesthetic, economic, social and cultural perspectives; while also encouraging them to challenge essentializing tendencies and debates that might circulate and solidify around the reception of these works.
  • Demonstrate ability to create a dynamic classroom where students can effectively communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries and balance differing worldviews based upon a deep knowledge and awareness of other people, countries, cultures, and beliefs through the careful study of literature.

Instructional Design

  • Demonstrate ability to adapt course materials to adjust to new innovations within and outside of the discipline.
  • Experience utilizing a variety of instructional delivery methods and emerging technologies to improve student learning.
  • Willingness to embrace innovative pedagogical, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches in literature, where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate instructional variety and flexibility to accommodate students of different learning styles, abilities, demographics, or diversity.
  • Demonstrate experience in creating engaging curriculum and classroom environments that will reinforce and further develop advanced skills in critical reading, thinking, presenting, writing, and communication skills.

Learning Enrichment

  • Possess a passion for expanding students' horizons, curiosities and imagination through literary examples and wide-ranging curricular innovations that fall outside the Western literary tradition.
  • Demonstrate experience in guiding students to hone lateral thinking skills and to engage in critical analysis as they dissect a work's themes, authorial and stylistic choices, historical context and cultural significance through careful literary analysis.
  • Demonstrate the vision to deliver and advance the mission of the English and Communication Studies Department and the School of Liberal Arts: to develop reflective, critical and engaged citizens of the world.
  • Demonstrate interest in developing a wide-ranging curriculum that takes advantage of areas of expertise while contributing to the ECS Department's vision.
  • Experience encouraging student interaction, collaboration, teamwork and cooperation in the learning process.

Professionalism

  • Maintain active participation in professional practices and scholarship, and a willingness to mentor faculty both within the School of Liberal Arts and across the College. Demonstrate expertise in current critical, theoretical, and pedagogical trends and practices in the field.
  • Demonstrate ability to represent FIT with innovative scholarship presented at local, regional, national, and international professional organizations and through peer reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrate ability to support FIT's goals and mission of promoting issues of sustainability, pluralism, and diversity through literary studies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues to increase the visibility and profile of literary studies at FIT.
  • Maintain positive, helpful, supportive, respectful, collegial, and teamwork-oriented relationships with other professionals.

Technology

  • Demonstrate ability to utilize innovative instructional technology and to select the most appropriate technologies to enhance student-learning outcomes.
  • Possess expertise in using social and emerging media to create engaging and evolving methods of instruction and student-centered interaction.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates should possess a PhD in English, Literature, or Comparative Literature; with a regional specialization including, but not limited to, the Global South, African and African Diaspora, Caribbean, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Oceanic, or South/South East Asian literary traditions.
  • Candidates should also exhibit a record of academic research and publication, professional activities, successful college-level teaching, and familiarity with both online and hybrid learning environments.
  • ABDs will be considered with the understanding that successful defense of the dissertation/thesis is required prior to the start of the second semester of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • We invite applicants with research and teaching expertise in a broad range of non-Western literary traditions with a comparative, transnational, interdisciplinary, and/or Postcolonial studies approach, in addition to literary subfields that might include critical theory, diasporic studies, ecocriticism, gender and sexuality studies, non-traditional literary forms, speculative fiction, visual narratives, and theatre and performance studies. Experience with interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to teaching literature and the digital or public humanities would also complement our commitments to innovation, and civic engagement. An ideal candidate would be prepared to offer courses that expand and seek to decolonize/challenge traditional liberal arts curricula and pedagogies. Expertise in critical literary theory around areas such as: indigenous studies, critical race and intellectual histories, colonization, decolonization, post-coloniality, and cultural representation, as well as in material practices of resistance would also be desirable.

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