Assistant Professor of Early American Literature

Vassar College

Assistant Professor of Early American Literature


Department: English Department
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Posting Number: F060P

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About Vassar College
Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

Position Introduction
The Department of English at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in early American literatures and cultures to 1865. Areas of particular interest include Native American Literature; colonialism and contact, and hemispheric American studies; and Asian American literature. This position will start in August 2023.

AA Statement
Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding. 

Position Description
Teaching in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, it will be five courses or four courses plus a group tutorial. The successful candidate will bring a fresh perspective and energy to their research, pedagogy, and advising.
We welcome applicants who link the study of early American literatures and cultures to interdisciplinary research areas, such as Indigenous ecologies and cultures, environmental humanities, transnational and transatlantic studies, digital humanities, and media studies.

How to Apply
To apply, please visit to link to the posting for this position. In addition to a letter of application, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, diversity statement, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the initial application), three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than 20-25 pages. Additional information on candidate diversity statements can be found at
Applications should be addressed to Wendy Graham and submitted online. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in English or a closely related field in hand by the commencement of the appointment, experience in and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, and a record of publication. For inquiries, e-mail Wendy Graham, Chair, Department of English, Vassar College, []. Review of applicant materials will begin on October 14, 2022, and will continue until the position has been filled. There is no guarantee that applications received after October 14, 2022, will be reviewed.

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