Assistant Professor, 20th and 21st century American Literature, tenure-track (2 positions)

The Department of English at Wake Forest University invites applications for two tenure-track positions in 20th-21st century American Literature. One position will emphasize modern and contemporary American poetry and poetics, and the other position will emphasize modern and contemporary American prose fiction. Secondary interests could include: cultural studies, critical theory, performance studies, race and gender theory, and electronic literatures.  We seek teacher-scholars whose research engages with diverse perspectives, topics, and/or populations and whose teaching will contribute to and enhance our vibrant curriculum in literature, culture, and language. We welcome applications from candidates who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and approaches. Applicants must have a PhD in hand by August 2020. The teaching load is nine courses over two years, with courses ranging from first-year seminars to advanced electives and MA-level courses. Salary competitive. 

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.  EOE/AA

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top thirty national universities. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life and an impressive array of facilities and resources. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.” For information about the University, go to

Applicants should apply online at by October 31, 2019. A cover letter and CV should be addressed to Dr. Jessica Richard, Chair, Department of English.  Additional materials, such as a writing sample, teaching philosophy, and letters of recommendation, will be requested In November from candidates as they progress through the review process.  Initial interviews will be conducted by videoconference; finalists will be invited to campus interviews.

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