Assistant Professor - Medieval English, with a preference for Old English - Department of English

Assistant Professor - Medieval English, with a preference for Old English - Department of English

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window
Open August 3rd, 2022 through Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley is hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Old English and/or Middle English literature.

Tenure-track assistant professors at Berkeley are expected to excel in research, teaching, and service. Elements of the position include: implementing a program of research that culminates in the publication of books and articles; developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate seminars and lecture courses; mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; supervising dissertation research; and various administrative activities in the English department and across the University.

The Department regards the diverse family commitments of faculty members as important elements of their careers at Berkeley. The Office of Faculty Equity and Welfare (OFEW) website includes information about potential relocation to Berkeley, Family Responsive Policies, partner and spouse employment, housing, and benefits; please visit:

The Berkeley English department is dedicated to the global and historical study of literatures written in English. We are deeply committed to advancing the University's diversity, equity, and inclusion goals at all levels, from faculty hiring to graduate admissions to undergraduate teaching. Our department is known for its innovative efforts to foster inclusion and belonging; not only have we launched new models for both undergraduate and graduate mentorship, but our faculty have also generated groundbreaking paradigms for research that link undergraduates, graduate students, and professors. These efforts at mentorship and collaboration create a sense of belonging in our department that is critical to achieving our diversity and equity goals.

Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.
Application Requirements Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Writing Sample - Please provide a writing sample of recent work (published or unpublished) of up to 10,000 words.

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location Berkeley, California

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