Assistant Professor of English in Native American and/or Indigenous Literatures

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Assistant Professor of English in Native American and/or Indigenous Literatures


Requisition ID: 2021-4280
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Faculty
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Faculty
College: College of Humanities & Social Sci
Department: English
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

The Department of English at Utah State University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of Native American and/or Indigenous Literatures. Other preferred areas of interest include poetry and/or drama and performance; digital humanities research methods; and transdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies. This is a research-intensive position with a teaching load of two courses per semester (2/2). The position is based at the Logan campus in Northern Utah's scenic Cache Valley, and it will begin in August 2022.

The successful applicant will join a cohort of incoming faculty across departments as part of a university-wide effort to foster scholarship invested in diversity, equity, and inclusion and to provide community and support for scholars engaging in research and pedagogy focusing on social justice.

The successful applicant will engage in research and publish scholarly work in their field(s) of expertise. They will also teach literature courses in these field(s) at different levels of the curriculum, including general education, undergraduate majors, and/or graduate courses.

Applicants are required to earn their Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, or a related field (including interdisciplinary programs) by August 2022. The successful applicant will have a proven record of both research excellence and strong teaching. The department especially seeks applicants who bring to their academic careers the important perspectives that come from the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Accordingly, scholars from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:

Review of applications begins November 5th, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. Along with the online application, please attach:



  • CV (to be uploaded to the applicant profile)
  • A cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  • The names and email addresses of three references. If your candidacy advances to the next level, your references will be automatically sent a system email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation.
  • Candidates advancing to the next round of review will be asked to provide a philosophy of teaching, a writing sample, and a statement describing how their work would contribute to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

University Highlights
USU actively pursues diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially for historically marginalized groups and individuals, through education, research, creative activity, and collaboration. The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is committed to supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, creative work, and pedagogy on social justice issues in local to global contexts within historic to contemporary timeframes. This position is part of department, college, and university wide clusters of searches designed to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity, and to increase curricular and research coverage of areas that intersect with principles of diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion.

USU encompasses eight statewide campuses and twenty-three education centers, many of which serve students from Ute, Dine' (Navajo), Paiute, Goshute, and Shoshone communities throughout the state. The English department is committed to promoting collaboration between this position and programming and initiatives involving Indigenous students and Indigenous studies at the statewide campuses.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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