Assistant Professor: Early Modern Drama and Performance, including Shakespeare

The Department of English at the University of Washington, located on the lands and waters of Coast Salish peoples, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Early Modern Drama and Performance, including Shakespeare. University of Washington tenure-track faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate will teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels and will be expected to participate in service to departmental, university, and field-specific organizations.  We hope that they will also develop liaisons with our UW School of Drama and with local/regional arts organizations.

The University of Washington English major includes three coursework distribution areas -- “Historical Depth,” “Power and Difference,” and “Genre, Method, and Language” -- that serve to organize our undergraduates’ educational experience.  This position will be expected to perform research and teaching that help us fulfill our commitments in these areas. This position’s primary focus is on Early Modern Drama and Performance, including Shakespeare, and we encourage applications from scholars specializing in adjacent or related fields including Black studies, queer/trans studies, feminist studies, disability studies, early modern ideas of indigeneity, ecocritical or posthuman studies, global premodern studies, world literature, digital humanities, and power and difference more generally.

Candidates in this position will effectively engage with colleagues, students, staff, and community from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of more than 60,000 students, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant-eligible students, and over 31,000 faculty and staff from over 70 countries across its three campuses. One of the largest departments in the UW College of Arts and Sciences at the Seattle campus with over 50 full time faculty, the Department of English makes major contributions to the intellectual vitality, academic excellence, and educational mission of the University.

This position has an anticipated start date of September 2024. Washington State Law requires that this ad list a binding salary range. The base salary range for this position will be $9,100-$11,100 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


Applicants should have by the start of the appointment a PhD or foreign degree equivalent in English or in a related field, with teaching experience and research interests centered in Early Modern Drama and Performance, including Shakespeare. Successful candidates should demonstrate a record of innovative and effective teaching as well as student mentoring, a commitment to ongoing professional and scholarly development, and active participation in departmental, university, and/or professional service.

Application Instructions

Please submit a letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio, dissertation abstract or research statement, diversity statement (500 words), three confidential letters of recommendation, and writing sample. Applicants are encouraged to describe in their diversity statement how their teaching, service, scholarship, and/or mentoring promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Priority will be given to applications received by October 28, 2023.

Please direct inquiries to Anis Bawarshi, Department Chair, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

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