Assistant Professor - English (Early American Literature)

Baruch College – Early American Literature - English


Job Description:


The English Department of Baruch College, CUNY, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in early American Literature (from the Colonial period to 1865) and hemispheric studies. We are seeking a scholar whose scope of expertise includes literature of the Americas and/or the Caribbean and who can situate multiple textual modes and genres within their historical and material contexts. Areas of focus could include African- American and Africana Studies, the transatlantic slave trade, Indigenous literature, the range of early Puritan texts, and the development of literary genres, such as poetry, fiction (e.g., the novel or the short story), and essays within the United States. The Department also would welcome applicants with subspecialties in the areas of gender and sexuality and/or disability studies. Teaching opportunities will include courses in early American literature, Great Works of Literature (our college-wide world literature requirement), First-Year Writing, and other courses within the successful candidate’s research and teaching purview.

Our Department and College are committed to building and supporting a diverse faculty that values undergraduate teaching and mentorship as well as interdisciplinary research and teaching. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are under-represented in the profession across categories including race, class, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, and gender and sexual identity. Baruch College serves one of the most culturally diverse undergraduate student bodies in the nation and has been recognized as a foremost engine of upward mobility for students in New York City.


All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to the tri-state area.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


Compensation and Benefits:                                               
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.


Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.


How to Apply: 


Go to the CUNY website to see the complete position description and job requirements in CUNYfirst under Job Opening ID #24837.  You can view and apply for this job in CUNYfirst via the following direct link to the posting

To be considered for this position, please submit your application online by clicking on "Apply Now" below.

Qualified applicants should submit the following materials:

-A cover letter explaining the candidate’s qualifications for the position

-A curriculum vitae

-A 20- to 25-page writing sample

-A one-page diversity statement: Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement describing their commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first generation of their family to attend a college or university.

Candidates who are selected to be interviewed will be asked to provide the following additional materials:

-Three letters of recommendation

-A 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy

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All applicants are required to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically by their references as described below.

Please go to and enter the contact information for three (3) references. The online system will automatically send your references a request to submit a letter via the system. Full instructions will be provided.

Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered.

Closing Date:  

Posting will end on November 23, 2022 and review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022.


EEO Statement:                        

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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