Assistant Professor of English

The English Department at Southwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Latino/a/x-Chicano/a/x literature and culture. Secondary specialties are open, but candidates able to contribute courses in high-demand areas including creative writing, film, popular culture, and new media studies are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will teach a broad range of courses, including introductory surveys of American Literature and upper-level seminars in areas of research specialization, and will offer courses that contribute to our interdisciplinary Latin American and Border Studies, International Studies, and/or Race and Ethnicity Studies programs. The teaching load is 3/2, and English faculty rotate in First Year Seminar, Introduction to Literary Studies, literary theory and the senior Capstone. Campus-wide responsibilities include advising students and university service.

Southwestern is committed to the teacher-scholar model; we seek candidates with a commitment to teaching undergraduates and pursuing scholarship in a liberal arts college and offer strong ongoing support for scholarly development, including robust pre- and post-tenure sabbatical programs, funding for conferences, archival travel, opportunities for collaborative research, and low (below 20) average class sizes. The PhD must be in hand by August 2023.

Building on Southwestern University’s commitment to academic excellence and making connections within and across disciplines, we are pleased to share that this position is part of a diversity, equity, and inclusion cohort hiring initiative in the thematic areas of race, ethnicity, and social justice.  The thematic hire initiative seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of teacher-scholars from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (including English, Feminist Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology) who will strengthen the University offerings in race, ethnicity, and social justice as well as increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion. As part of the thematic hiring process, Southwestern will provide members of the cohort with opportunities and resources to enhance their success and well being such as participating in mentoring networks, research and writing workshops, and additional ongoing professional development.

The English Department and Southwestern University are committed to recruiting candidates who both excel in teaching and research/creative work and can best serve our diverse student population. As of the fall 2021 semester, over 40% of students enrolled at Southwestern are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and we are committed to further increasing and supporting the diversity of our students, faculty and curriculum. The Department seeks candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to, and will take an active role in, enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the University, including fostering a sense of community and belonging for students. Please include specific and detailed information about how you have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through your teaching practices, research, and/or service experiences within the college or university setting.

Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) is a selective undergraduate residential liberal arts institution located in the greater Austin area.  Established in 1840, Southwestern enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student–faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The university provides a highly interdisciplinary and holistic education that values high-impact learning experiences, such as study abroad, internships, and faculty-student research. A member of the recently formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, Southwestern is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia. Additional information about the university can be found at our website:

Candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to no later than Nov. 15, 2022. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample, sample syllabi, and 3 letters of recommendation. Finalists will be invited for on-campus interviews.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process. Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F


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