Assistant Professor of Foundational Literary Studies

Assistant Professor of Foundational Literary Studies

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The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of literature. The department seeks a generalist with a focus on foundational literary studies in a global context (spanning a wide range of pre-modern periods and world regions). The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through teaching, other forms of engagement with students outside of the classroom, scholarship and service activities. The appointment begins August 22, 2024 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 22 & 23, 2024.

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically equitable, accessible, and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent, fully embracing individuals from varied cultures, races, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, linguistic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, life experiences, nationalities, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from 49 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Collaborative, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing is a vibrant community of scholars, writers, publishers, and designers with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 500 undergraduate majors in four different degree programs, and nearly 400 graduate students in its two MFA programs and in the Publishing MA program.


Applicants should be generalists who have the interest and ability to teach foundational literary studies in a global context incorporating theoretical approaches to race, class, and gender in pre-modern periods, genres, and regions. The primary focus of this position is teaching the Literary Foundations course at the BA and BFA levels (which surveys foundational works of literature spanning a wide range of pre-modern periods, genres, and world regions in order to familiarize students with broad principles in literary and cultural history. Works studied may include ancient Greek and other pre-modern epic, lyric, and drama along with cognate and contrasting traditions). This position is located at the Boston campus teaching in-person classes, though there may be opportunities to teach undergraduate and graduate classes online. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, and serving on other department and college committees.


The successful candidate will have a PhD or ABD status (completion expected by August 22nd, 2024) in literature (or a related field) focusing on pre-modern periods and world regions. The successful candidate will have a publication record, an active research agenda, and college-level teaching experience.

Interested applicants must complete an online application form and submit a 2-3 page cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references (references will not be contacted until after the first round of interviews upon applicants' written approval). The cover letter should address three items: the candidate's literary scholarship and publications; the candidate's teaching philosophy; and the candidate's approach to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023, and priority will be given to applications submitted prior to that date. The position will remain open until filled.

Please note, in the job application where there is the "CV/Cover Letter/ Additional Documents" drop box, you must include all of the required materials listed above. You can upload each document separately or as a combined PDF. Your application will not be complete without these documents.

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