English Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in 20th/21st Century American Literature

The English department of the College of Wooster invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American Literature, to begin August 2023. We are particularly interested in candidates committed to innovative teaching, with expertise in Asian American or Latinx authors in comparative, transnational, or archipelagic contexts, and those who might contribute to one or more of the college’s interdisciplinary programs, including Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The successful candidate will join a department dedicated to the use of inclusive pedagogy and culturally responsive curricula that advance our liberal arts mission. All applicants are expected to discuss their commitment to/experience with providing mentoring and co-curricular support to historically minoritized students. 2-3 teaching load includes introductory and survey courses, upper-level courses in the field of specialization, participation in the First-Year Seminar program, in addition to advising projects in the College’s signature Senior Independent Study program. PhD Required. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of unofficial graduate transcripts, and three reference letters through Interfolio. 

The department has eight full-time faculty members and graduates approximately 20-25 majors annually, many of whom pursue advanced study and/or careers in fields such as journalism, literary studies, writing, media and technology, medicine, library science, digital studies, law, and teaching. Current faculty research areas include African American Literature; Black Visual Culture; British Literature; Creative Writing; Digital Studies; Ecocriticism; Gender, Queer and Disability Studies; and Indigenous Activism. For more information see https://wooster.edu/area/english/

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. We enroll a racially, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse student population of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, of which 6% identify as Latinx; 9%, as Black/African American; 4%, as Asian; 4%, as multiracial; and 61%, as white. Fifteen percent (15%) of our students are studying on international visas. Twenty-five percent (25%) are Pell-eligible and 11% are first-generation college students. We are interested in hiring faculty who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of the community through culturally relevant pedagogy, curricular diversity, intercultural fluency, and a commitment to ensuring equitable outcomes for racially and ethnically minoritized and marginalized student groups.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to teach both introductory and advanced courses and supervise undergraduate research projects as part of the College's Independent Study (l.S) requirement.  All faculty teach non-majors’ courses and contribute to the First-Year Seminar Program.  The teaching load is 5.5 courses per year (which includes credited mentoring for student l.S. projects).

Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching connect with Africana Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies, Global Media & Digital Studies, or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of effective teaching (including syllabi and summaries of student evaluations) and research (such as a conference paper, creative work, or publication), unofficial graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement (1-2 pages) on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion including information about your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing these efforts as College of Wooster faculty. Applications received at http://apply.interfolio.com/113123 by October 21, 2022, will receive full consideration. If you have questions regarding Interfolio, please contact Cynthia Bernardy, Administrative Coordinator, English Department, at cbernardy@wooster.edu. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jennifer Hayward, Chair of Search Committee, at jhayward@wooster.edu.

Note:  This is the current EEO Statement that is included on all ads in Interfolio and The College of Wooster website:

The College of Wooster is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy, or by state, local, or federal law.   The College of Wooster is committed by policy and practice to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information on our nondiscrimination policy visit https://wooster.edu/nondiscrimination/


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