Assistant Professor

The Department of English invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in transnational literary and cultural studies beginning in Fall 2023. We seek a colleague with a specialization in transnational literary and cultural studies whose research and teaching focus on, but are not limited to, African and Afro-diasporic, Arabic, Asian, Caribbean, Indigenous, South Asian, or Latinx diasporic literatures and cultures. Desired subfields include: gender and sexuality studies, film and/or media studies, environmental humanities, and digital technologies. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a strong record of comparatist and interdisciplinary work and can contribute to interdisciplinary minors in Women’s and Gender Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Africana Studies, and Film Studies. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses in their area of expertise, the successful candidate will also teach courses in the core curriculum.

This hire is among the tenure-track diversity cluster hires that issue from the Horizon Project of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. These cluster positions are designed to attract a diverse set of scholars who will have opportunities to participate in campus and community collaborations. The successful candidate will join other new faculty members from varying disciplines across the College of Arts & Sciences who will have similar pedagogical or scholarly interests to collaboratively engage in the interdisciplinary thematic cluster in one of the following areas: 1) Climate Change and Environmental Justice, 2) Borders and Social Justice, or 3) Technology & the Human Experiences. More details about the cluster themes are available here.

This is a full-time tenure-track position with a 3/3 teaching load.

The successful candidates will

  • Hold an advanced degree, preferably a doctorate or other terminal degree. A Ph.D. in English or Comparative Literature (with an anglophone research profile) is preferred. ABD candidates will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and research, mentoring undergraduates, and fostering a climate of inclusion and diversity.

Applicants should hold a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. This position also requires an active scholarly agenda and publications in the field and commitment to collaborative leadership in addition to university and professional service.

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Go to to complete your application online.  

Candidates are asked to submit the following materials. Please note that positions will be hired at the Assistant Professor level.  Applications must be received by October 15, 2022, and should include:

  1. Letter of application, include reference to the cluster(s) of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching Statement and a sample syllabus
  4. Research Statement and a sample of scholarly or creative work (maximum 25 pages)
  5. Diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research.
  6. Contact information for three references who will be sent a link to upload letters.

Contact: Dr. Atreyee Phukan (

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The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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