Assistant Professor of English

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The English Department at Chapman University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of English (cultural studies, literature, and/or rhetoric) with a specialization in Twentieth-/Twenty-First Century Studies. We seek candidates whose research and teaching focuses on one or more of the following fields:

  • African American/African Diasporic Studies
  • Asian Anglophone/Asian-American Studies
  • Indigenous/Native American Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Latinx Studies

Chapman University's English Department offers an undergraduate major that integrates cultural studies, literature and rhetoric, and an MA/MFA dual degree program at the graduate level. 

We welcome candidates who will be able to contribute to Chapman’s developing interdisciplinary minors in Africana Studies, Asian-American Studies, Disability Studies, Environmental Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs. Ranked in the top tier of Western universities, by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching. The University is classified by Carnegie as an R-2 research institution; Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching. More information is available at

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


Requirements include a Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric, or a related field by August 2020.

Responsibilities: Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda for future tenure consideration and are evaluated on their research/scholarly/creative activity, teaching, and service. The faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise student theses, and maintain active research and publication agendas.

Contact information

Qualified applicants should electronically submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae with a list of references to Kristen Laakso, Please use “English Faculty Position” as the email subject line. Applications submitted by November 1, 2019 will receive first consideration. Writing samples, dossiers with letters of recommendation, and a statement on diversity and inclusion in teaching and research will be requested after initial review of applications and CVs by the search committee.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Chapman University offers a relocation expense reimbursement package as well as a first-time Orange County homebuyer assistance program.



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