Assistant Professor, 20th and 21st Century Postcolonial Literature in English

The English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University invites applicants for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in 20 and 21st Century Postcolonial Literature in English beginning in September 2023. We welcome candidates with secondary interests in African, Caribbean, South Asian, or Asian literature in English; transnational approaches to Black culture in the Americas; African Diaspora literature and film; Asian Diaspora literature and film; anti/post/decolonialism; and critical theory. There will be opportunities to collaborate with our interdisciplinary programs in Black Studies, Islamic Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and International Studies. We also welcome applicants whose scholarship extends beyond the Anglophone to include African or Asian languages. Applicants must have a strong commitment to pedagogical innovation and demonstrated excellence in using technology in the classroom.  The potential for developing an active research program in the candidate’s area of specialization is also required. 


The position requires teaching three literature courses at the undergraduate level each semester, distributed between Core/introductory courses and upper division courses for majors and minors, with an opportunity for a one-semester, pre-tenure research leave, as well as a sabbatical following every 12 semesters of teaching. The successful candidate will have completed the Ph.D. by the position start date, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching. 

About Fairfield University:

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT.  The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.  As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Additional Information:

The salary and the benefits for the position are competitive.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of other historically underrepresented groups. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration all material must be submitted by November 11, 2022.  We plan to do Zoom interviews for selected candidates in late December or early January, with campus visits to follow in late January or early February.

For full consideration, please click "" and upload the following materials:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of application
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • dossier (3 letters of recommendation) – Letters can be sent directly to


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