Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at the University of Southern Maine is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in English to begin our Fall 2023 Semester.  We seek an Assistant Professor with expertise in British Medieval literature and culture.  Candidates with strong additional interests are especially encouraged. These might include, but are by no means limited to, Old English, Nordic and/or Icelandic literatures and cultures, Arab and Islamic studies, and environmental humanities.

The English major is devoted to the study of language, literature, and culture.  To learn more about USM’s English Department click here

Responsibilities include undergraduate teaching of three classes per semester (all faculty share responsibility to teach College Writing or its equivalent), advising of students, maintaining an active program of research and other scholarly activity, and engaging in university and professional service. 

The targeted starting date for this position is Fall 2023 and will pay an annual salary of $58,500.  This is an on campus, in-person teaching position with opportunities to teach in online modalities.

The University of Southern Maine is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty, and staff. We welcome applicants who are multilingual. Women, minorities, members of marginalized populations, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Our USM Service Promise is Student Focused Every Day.  We are looking for a faculty member who understands that promise and supports our values: respect and care, integrity, equity, and responsiveness.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is located in the intellectual, cultural, and economic heart of Maine. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour’s drive of our three campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships. USM’s location offers easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains, and forests of coastal, inland, and northern Maine.  USM faculty are dedicated researchers and experts in their fields, including multiple recipients of national grants, awards, and fellowships and state, national, and global partnerships.

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.  Click on our Benefits Information Summary to learn more. 

Required Qualifications:              

  • Earned doctorate in English by the time of appointment (8/27/2023). 
  • Evidence of strong college teaching.
  • Demonstrated potential for ongoing publication.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found at Together for Maine.

To apply

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position" at the bottom of the job posting page.

You will create an applicant profile and submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including experience with and commitment to diverse audiences and inclusive approaches, and representative student evaluations
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Writing sample of approximately 20 pages
  • Three letters of recommendation

 All required materials must be submitted by November 15, 2022.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, Room 101, Boudreau Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (207) 581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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