Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, specializing in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, to begin in the fall 2022 semester. We welcome applications from candidates specializing in American literature (roughly from the end of the Early Republic through Reconstruction)—inclusive of a range of demographic, geographic, linguistic, and theoretical configurations—and particularly encourage a focus on issues such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, environment, and sexuality. The proximity of Clark University to the American Antiquarian Society may be of particular interest to applicants, but we seek candidates who can engage a range of research and teaching opportunities through on-campus research centers and faculty collaboratives, as well as other regional research venues. Successful candidates should be active research scholars, and able to teach American literature survey courses in addition to specialized seminars. Ph.D. is required by August 2022.

Clark University is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty research. Located in Worcester, MA, the second largest city in New England, Clark University is known as an active partner in the life and culture of the immediate neighborhood and the city at large. Tenure-track faculty members normally teach a 2–2 load. In addition to providing ongoing support for teaching and research, Clark offers pre-tenured faculty a reduced teaching load in the first year, as well as a semester’s sabbatical after a successful third-year review. Further information regarding support for faculty research and teaching may be found here: https://www.clarku.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/. Further information about the English Department may be found here: https://www2.clarku.edu/departments/english/.

Please submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae (including the names of three referees) as a single PDF to https://clarku.interviewexchange.com. Longlisted candidates will be asked subsequently to submit a writing sample, three recent letters of recommendation, a diversity statement, and syllabus examples. Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2021. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom in mid-December, followed by campus visits in late January/early February for finalists. Questions may be addressed to Meredith Neuman, Chair, Department of English, at 19c_am_lit_search@clarku.edu.

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values; we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.


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