Assistant Professor in Global/Transnational Children's Literature and Childhood Studies

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The Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Global/Transnational Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies to begin in Fall 2023, pending budgetary approval.

We seek candidates with teaching and scholarly expertise in literature, arts, or media for children beyond or in addition to Europe and North America, including in languages other than English. Possible areas of interest include (but are not limited to) transnational circulation, post/decoloniality, and/or translation. We are especially interested in applications from scholars who develop a global perspective on urgent questions about race, gender, disability, and other facets of social justice that are central to contemporary children’s literature studies. The successful candidate will have opportunities for leadership and participation in a growing international partnership bringing together children’s literature scholars in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and curriculum, and candidates should identify their strengths or experiences in this area. The person hired for this position will teach courses in a thriving interdisciplinary undergraduate program in children’s literature and culture, as well as a wide range of other undergraduate literature courses and graduate seminars in their areas of scholarly interest.

Applicants must hold a PhD in English, Literature, or a related field by the time of appointment (September 1, 2023). This position comes with a 2/2 teaching load, with the expectation of service to the Children’s Literature Program and the English Department.

To apply, please supply the following materials by November 1, 2022.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of diversity (1-2 pp.) that demonstrates your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service

As candidates progress through the search process, the committee may request:

  • Writing sample
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

Please contact Sarah Elizabeth Baumann, Office Manager and Assistant to the Chair of English, 526 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, with any questions: sebaumann@pitt.edu. You can also contact Courtney Weikle-Mills, Search Committee Chair, Director of Children's Literature, and Associate Professor of English, at caw57@pitt.edu for information.

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