Associate Professor, 19th Century British Literature

The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor of English specializing in 19th-century British literature. The successful candidate will also serve as the next editor of Victorian Poetry. The position start date is August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time position with full benefits. 

We seek an outstanding candidate who will contribute to the Department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching mission and support course offerings in British literature. The successful applicant will teach a broad range of undergraduate courses and develop graduate courses and seminars in their field. Candidates with additional teaching and research emphases in poetry and poetics; colonial and empire studies; studies of race, gender and sexuality; and/or environmental humanities are strongly encouraged to apply. Published quarterly by WVU Press since 1962, Victorian Poetry features articles from a broad range of theoretical and critical perspectives about a wide compass of poets in nineteenth-century Britain and the Commonwealth. The new editor for Victorian Poetry will ensure that the journal continues to contribute to the expanding and diversifying field of 19th century British studies. The teaching load is 2 courses or course equivalents per semester.

The Department of English has a faculty of 35 in literature, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and technical communication and we offer a full range of academic programs (B.A. in English, B.A. in English/Secondary Education, M.A. in English, M. A. in Professional Writing and Editing, M.F.A., and Ph.D.). We serve a diverse cohort of students from across Appalachia, the United States, and around the globe. The department is home to the West Virginia Writers Workshop, the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and the Appalachian Dialect Project, and our faculty participate in many educational and humanities initiatives including the National Writing Project and the Folger Institute.


The successful applicant must have a 1) Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in 19th-century British literature or a closely related field; 2) an active research agenda evidenced by a strong publication record in 19th-century British studies suitable for tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor and the position of editor of Victorian Poetry; 3) evidence of editorial experience; 4) demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels; 5) the ability to teach a survey of British literature; 6) the ability to teach effectively upper-division courses in 19th-century British literature and Victorian studies; 7) evidence of ability to mentor and advise graduate students; 8)  ability to teach classes that complement the English Department’s current offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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To apply, please visit WVU Careers. Upload 1) CV, 2) application letter, 3) list of references with complete contact information, 4) a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. The screening process will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website or contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Lisa Weihman (

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