Assistant Professor, American Culture and Literature

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The Department of American Culture and Literature at Bilkent University invites applications for a faculty position in 19th and/or 20th-century American literature at the Assistant Professor level beginning in September 2020. Successful applicants will have a PhD in American literature by the time of appointment, a record of publication, and experience teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in American literature or related fields. Area of specialization is open, though scholars who can work within interdisciplinary contexts and whose academic interests lie in the range of our third and fourth year courses are especially encouraged to apply. The regular course load is 3/3, but new faculty may be granted a course load reduction during their first two years of teaching. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype in December. Additional information may be provided for candidates attending the MLA Convention in January 2020.

Bilkent University, located in suburban Ankara, is a non-profit foundation university supported by its own endowment. Research is a priority at Bilkent University, and the university supports research through travel grants to archives and conferences. Bilkent attempts to accommodate dual career couples. Bilkent is a vibrant international community; faculty members come from 40 different countries, and the language of instruction across the university is English. The university offers a generous benefits package including on-campus housing, health and retirement benefits as well as subsidized private school for faculty members' dependents in the K-12 levels leading to an IB degree.

Applicants must send a letter of application outlining preparation and interests in research and teaching, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of at least three referees, and graduate transcripts via the Bilkent online application system ( Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation and a writing sample (article or chapter) sent to Daniel Johnson at All applications submitted before December 1, 2019 will receive full consideration.  

For further information on the position, please contact Daniel Johnson, Department of American Culture and Literature, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, TR-06800, e-mail address:

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