Assistant Professor of English

The Mount Holyoke College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in early U.S. literature.  We seek applicants who work in the field of early U.S. literature, broadly defined and extending into the nineteenth century.  Areas of particular interest include:  Native American and Indigenous cultures; African American and Black diaspora frameworks; multiethnic and multilingual literatures; and hemispheric, transatlantic, and transpacific approaches.  The successful candidate will teach introductory courses in the study of literature as well as courses within their area of expertise. Applicants should have teaching experience and a Ph.D. in hand or anticipated by Fall 2024.

Please submit using this link a cover letter, CV, writing sample (up to 25 pp. uploaded as a single PDF) and three statements concerning (1) research interests, (2) teaching philosophy, and (3) mentoring a diverse student body. Additionally, please send a syllabus for a course that broadly surveys early U.S. literature and an advanced undergraduate seminar of your choice. Please include contact information for three references as part of your application; reference letters will be requested at a later date in the search process. For best consideration, send applications by November 1, 2023.  Please contact the English department ( with any questions.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

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