Assistant Professor Romantic Poetry

The Department of English at McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Romantic Poetry. Complementary expertise in literature of the long nineteenth century, drama, and the intersection of Romantic literature and culture with empire, slavery, science, technology, the environment, or book history is highly desirable. Candidates who bring a global or transatlantic perspective to these issues are particularly encouraged to apply. The candidate will join a Department of English that brings together three related areas of study – literature, drama and theatre, and cultural studies – and actively promotes research and teaching across specialist boundaries.

This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment begins 1 August 2023. Inquiries about this position may be sent to the Chair of the Department, Professor Erin Hurley ( Information about the Department, its programs, and courses may be found at

McGill University is a public research university with an international faculty and student body located in the vibrant, multicultural city of Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be ready to participate in the intellectual and pedagogical life of the Department and the University, as well as in faculty governance and service. Responsibilities include: conducting original research; developing a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in keeping with the Department’s areas of study; and contributing as an academic citizen to the department, faculty, and university. The standard teaching load in the Department of English is 4 courses (12 credits) per academic year.

Qualifications and Education requirements

Applicants must have a PhD in hand or be very near completion. Evidence of scholarly promise is a major consideration; teaching experience is an asset for this position.

Language of Instruction

McGill University is an English-language university located in the Province of Quebec, where the official language is French. English is the language of instruction in the Faculty of Arts. We encourage all faculty members to attain and maintain French-language comprehension. Pursuant to this, you and your spouse, as applicable, may be eligible for subsidized French instruction through the Mon Français Initiative. For details, please visit the Academic Personnel Office website at


Job Type: Tenure-track

Rank: Assistant Professor
Job Status: Full-Time
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application deadline:

Applications received by 7 March 2023 will be given first consideration. Applications received after that date will be considered until the position is filled.


Submit all application materials through this portal  (link is below) NB: the portal will prompt you to upload your CV; when it does so, please upload ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS for this first stage

The following supporting documents are required with the application:

  • Cover letter: in this letter of introduction, please make sure to include a brief summary of your research and teaching experience; 
  • curriculum vitae;
  • writing sample (approximately 20-30 pages).

At a later stage in the hiring process, the committee may request:

  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Additional materials (e.g., sample syllabi, diversity statement).

Address your application to Prof. Erin Hurley, Chair of the Department of English.

All materials should be submitted through the following link:


McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

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