Assistant Professor in Native North American Literature and Cultural Studies


The English Department at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Native North American Literature and Cultural Studies, to be based at the Storrs campus.

The successful candidate will pursue research in Native North American Literature and Cultural Studies, ideally with a specialization in the Northeast or Eastern Seaboard region. Further areas of focus may include American Studies; settler colonialism; ecocriticism, environmental justice, and land-based studies; Indigenous feminisms; Black and Indigenous literatures and politics; Indigenous cities; performance and media studies; sovereignty, decoloniality, and nation; and/or LGBTQ and Two-spirit studies. In addition to excellence in research, the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and will be expected to teach in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. There will be opportunities to create new courses at all levels of University instruction.

The English Department is home to more than 60 full-time faculty members whose engaged teaching, scholarly reputations, publications and creative work help make UConn one of the top public research institutions in the nation. The Department is especially interested in attracting and hiring faculty who represent the diversity of the student body, as well as those with a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This hire, as well as a concurrent hire in the Anthropology Department, will build upon the momentum of a recent cluster hire in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). NAIS is poised to become a unit within a new interdisciplinary school, and this new hire could be configured as a joint appointment once the new school is established.

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a related field by the start date of employment.
  • A strong record of, or demonstrated potential for, scholarly excellence in the field of Native North American Literature and Cultural Studies.
  • Experience teaching in Native American and Indigenous Literature and Cultural Studies.
  • Evidence of a deep commitment to supporting diversity, inclusion, and equity in a higher education setting.


  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, expertise in Native American literature and culture of the Northeast or Eastern Seaboard.
  • Evidence of engagement with Native American and Indigenous pedagogies.
  • An interest in engaging with local and/or national community organizations and Indigenous Nations in relevant areas of expertise.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The standard teaching expectation is two courses per semester and is based at the Storrs campus. The University offers a highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Writing sample;
  • Commitment to diversity statement;
  • Brief portfolio of teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, assignment prompts)
  • Three letters of reference submitted through AJO (do not send directly to the Director, Head, or other individuals at UConn).

Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2022. For further information, please feel free to review the English Department website:

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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