Visiting Assistant Professorship in Poetry and Poetics

The English Department at Reed College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in poetry and poetics beginning in August 2023, with the possibility of a third-year renewal. Candidates should specialize in English-language poetry of the 20th and/or 21st centuries, with a particular focus on or interest in formal questions. We are especially interested in candidates with an interest and ability to teach English and/or American poetry from 1900-1975. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level, and whose writing reflects a lively and serious program of scholarship.

Teaching responsibilities include the introductory course in the English department in poetry and poetics (with a focus on formal analysis); an advanced course in poetry; a yearlong interdisciplinary course with a pre-set syllabus (Humanities 110), focused on the development of analytical and critical skills of first-year students; and advising year-long senior theses. Ph.D. must be in hand by June 30, 2023. 

Through Interfolio (, please submit a letter of application, CV, one example of scholarly work of no more than 30 pages, and three letters of reference.  Your cover letter must address the following:

  • Experience in teaching/advising a diverse group of students
  • Scholarly interests
  • How your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and/or service might support the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement (

All application materials must be received by January 3, 2023. For further information about this position, please contact Lucia Martinez Valdivia, Chair, Search Committee in English and Humanities.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values cultural diversity as essential to the excellence of our academic programs, and especially encourages applications from underrepresented groups.


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