Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Early Modern Literature

The Department of English at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Digital Humanities and Early Modern Literature.

The Department of English offers B.A. and M.A. degree programs and serves the university’s General Education program. Our department is home to a thriving Creative Writing minor, and English faculty contribute to several interdisciplinary minors including Medieval and Renaissance Studies, African, African American and Diaspora Studies, Environmental Humanities, Film Studies, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies, World Literature, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Studies, and Disability Studies. We invite applications from scholars with secondary interests in these and other areas.

The College of Arts and Letters in which the Department of English is located, enrolls over 3100 undergraduate majors and about 150 graduate students across ten academic units in the humanities, social sciences, and communication studies. Home to several interdisciplinary centers and institutes, the College employs 270 full-time faculty. We embrace the teacher-scholar model, and encourage excellent applicants within our particular disciplines, as well as scholars and teachers eager to work across them.

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory, advanced, and graduate (M.A.) literature courses in Digital Humanities and in Early Modern Literature, including Shakespeare , as well as British Literature surveys or topics courses in the General Education curriculum. We are especially interested in candidates who can offer courses in both Shakespeare and in our new minor in Digital Studies. English faculty members do not teach first-year composition. This position carries a 3/2 teaching load and will come with one course release in the first year of appointment.

Qualifications: Required

Ph.D. in hand by August 2024. Expertise or potential for excellence and innovation in teaching Digital Humanities and Early Modern Literature. Excellent scholarship or potential for excellence in Early Modern Literature, including Shakespeare. Expertise and potentially significant contributions to the field of Digital Humanities.

Additional Considerations

Some research and/or teaching expertise in the environmental humanities, global Early Modern studies, the history of the book, the history of reading, manuscript studies, poetics, active involvement in RaceB4Race, religious studies, transatlantic and/or transnational studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or Queer Studies. Demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment.

To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F2261 or go to Review of applications begins 11/25/2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.


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