Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature (Tenure Track,)

The Department of English at Old Dominion University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of English in Postcolonial Literature and Culture with an expected start date of July 25, 2023. Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses ranging from undergraduate surveys in British Literature to upper-level courses in Postcolonial literature, world literature, and critical race theory, to Ph.D. special topics courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. While a primary area of expertise is Anglophone, applicants with a knowledge of other non-Anglophone literary histories will be at an advantage.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in English or other relevant field by Spring 2023.
  2. Demonstrated potential for or evidence of successful research and publication in Postcolonial Studies.
  3. Demonstrated potential for or evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with expertise in one or more areas of literature and the law, continental literatures, comparative or transnational approaches, digital humanities, history of ideas, or decolonizing the curriculum regarding issues of empire, racial formation, gender and sexuality, or disability studies are especially encouraged to apply. 

About ODU

Old Dominion is classified as a Carnegie R1 (Very High Research Activity) institution. It is a residential, public institution with a student enrollment of 24,000, with almost 40% of students and 30% of faculty from underrepresented ethnic minority groups. ODU is a national leader in supporting social mobility in higher education, helping underrepresented students succeed. Old Dominion is located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must complete the online application ( and upload the following for a complete application: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; an article-length writing sample; unofficial graduate transcripts; and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation will be solicited by the application system from your listed references upon submission of your application. Applicants can use “other document” or other optional applicant document slots to submit evidence of teaching excellence, a media portfolio, or other optional materials.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Other questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Drew Lopenzina (

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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