Assistant Professor in Literature and Theory after 1650 (Fall 2023 start)

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The Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin seeks to appoint a beginning-level tenure-track assistant professor of literature and theory whose research and teaching interests focus on any period or national tradition after 1650. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: health humanities; disability studies; ecocriticism (environmental humanities); literature, science, and technology; gender/sexuality studies; race/racialization theory; digital or media studies; critical/comparative cultural studies; comparative ethnic studies and/or decolonization and empire studies. We are interested in candidates whose research and teaching examine racial justice in relation to one or more of the above topics.

The successful candidate will be expected to offer classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels that appeal to a broad range of students; teaching two courses per semester at all levels of our curriculum, as well as serve on undergraduate and graduate committees, publish actively, and offer service to the Department, College, and University.

Applicants must have a PhD conferred no later than August 18, 2023. Successful applicants will demonstrate a promise of excellence and innovation in teaching and research, as well as experience working with diverse students. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research, teaching, and service.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement reflecting upon their previous, current and/or potential future contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service, and an article-length writing sample through Interfolio, addressed to Martin Kevorkian, Chair, Department of English. Additional materials, including a teaching portfolio and three letters of recommendation, may be requested during the applicant review process. Review of applications will begin December 10, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position funding is subject to budget availability.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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