Assistant Professor, literature in English

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME. The Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in literature composed in English beginning August 2023. The area of specialization is poetry, with a preference for any period from the Early Modern to the nineteenth century, and for candidates with an interest in aesthetics and form. This is not a creative writing position. Scholars with a broad liberal arts education and/or interdisciplinary experience are especially encouraged to apply. PLS is dedicated to building an inclusive community and a curriculum with a diversity of voices.

PLS is a multidisciplinary, liberal arts department with 140 undergraduate majors. Founded in 1950, it has its own tenure-line faculty drawn from different disciplines and committed to an integrated program of studies grounded in the reading of core primary texts. PLS students move through a seminar sequence from the ancients to the contemporary world and also take subject-specific classes in literature, philosophy, theology, fine arts, intellectual and cultural history, and history of science. All PLS faculty teach seminars, as well as the courses in their respective disciplines.

Teaching responsibility will be a 2-2 course load, including the Program’s seminars and its two required literature courses: one on lyric poetry, and one on epic and drama. The candidate may also contribute to other disciplinary-based courses in the department as appropriate and will advise undergraduate senior theses. Prospective candidates are advised to explore the department’s website ( to learn about the Program before applying.

Ph.D. required. Strong publication program, evidence of superior teaching and readiness to lead seminars across periods and fields, and a commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education expected. Salary and research support are more than competitive.

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Please submit a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a scholarly writing sample (maximum of circa 10,000 words). Candidates are encouraged to reflect in their cover letters on how they might contribute to the broader mission of the University, which “requires and is enriched by the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students” ( Deadline: October 7, 2022.

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