Assistant Professor in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

The Department of English at Wake Forest University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Eighteenth-Century British poetry, drama, nonfictional prose and/or fiction. We are especially interested in applicants with demonstrated expertise in Black British Studies, race and racial formation in the eighteenth century.

The course load is 3-2-2-2. Teaching may include courses in British Literature before 1800 (a requirement in the English major), introductory literature courses for nonmajors, gateway major courses, courses in our MA program, first year seminars, and courses that fulfil the race and racial formation requirement in the English major. Candidates are expected to build on the Wake Forest English
Department’s tradition of pedagogical innovation, commitment to students, and outstanding academic achievement. A 1-semester paid research leave is guaranteed before application for tenure. The successful candidate is expected to have completed their PhD by July 2023. Salary is competitive.

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. EOE/AA.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top thirty national universities. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.” For information about the University, go to

Applicants should apply online at by November 1, 2022. A cover letter and CV should be addressed to Dr. Jefferson Holdridge, Chair, Department of English. Additional materials, such as a writing sample, teaching philosophy, and letters of recommendation, will be requested in November from candidates as they progress through the review process. Initial interviews will be conducted by videoconference; finalists will be invited for on-campus interviews. Questions about the application process may be addressed to Questions about the position may be addressed to


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