Assistant Professor of Victorian British Literature

Summary Information
The Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Victorian British Literature to begin Fall 2024.  


Required Qualifications
In line with TTU’s strategic priorities to engage and empower a diverse student body, enable innovative research and creative activities, and transform lives and communities through outreach and engaged scholarship, applicants must have experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and graduate levels within or across the areas of teaching, research/creative activity, and service. Additional required qualifications are:  


  1. PhD in Victorian British Literature by time of hire  

  2. At least one semester of teaching at the undergraduate level (including teaching while a graduate student), including a demonstrated record of effectiveness as a teacher 

  3. Research specialization in Victorian British Literature with a focus on empire and colonial encounters  

  4. A record of peer-reviewed publication which has contributed to the discipline and/or a demonstrated promising research and publishing agenda in the field. 

Preferred Qualifications:
In addition to the required qualifications, individuals with the following preferred qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: 

  1. Research interests in exploring questions related to racial formation, transnationalism, transatlantic studies, and/or “undisciplining” Victorian studies.   

  2. Expertise in book history and/or digital humanities. 

  3. Commitment to service and outreach. 

About the University, College, and Department
Established in 1923, Texas Tech University is a Carnegie R1 (very high research activity) Doctoral/Research-Extensive, Hispanic Serving, and state-assisted institution. Located on a beautiful 1,850-acre campus in Lubbock, a city in West Texas with a growing metropolitan-area population of over 300,000, the university enrolls over 40,000 students with 33,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. As the primary research institution in the western two-thirds of the state, Texas Tech University is home to 10 colleges, the Schools of Law and Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate School.  The flagship of the Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. It is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world. 

Founded in 1925 as one of the university's four original colleges, the College of Arts & Sciences is comprised of 15 departments, offering a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and natural sciences. The College has more than 10,000 students enrolled representing more than a quarter of the overall Texas Tech University student population while maintaining a 22:1 student to faculty ratio. 

The Department of English is a diverse, dynamic, and interdisciplinary department with 45 tenure-line faculty and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in English and in Technical Communication and Rhetoric. Tenure-line faculty in the department teach a 2/2 at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in onsite, hybrid, and online modalities. Faculty enjoy excellent facilities that support their teaching and research, including dynamic technology-rich classrooms and departmental labs and studios, including the Digital Humanities Lab, Letterpress Studio, Media Lab, Phonetic and Phonology Linguistics Lab, and User Experience Lab. Our undergraduate and graduate programs support students whose research and creative interests span English studies, and the Department houses many interdisciplinary programs and initiatives, including Comparative Literature, Globalization, and Translation (CLGT), Linguistics, Book History and Digital Humanities, Film and Media Studies, and Literature, Social Justice, and Environment (LSJE). 

About Lubbock
Referred to as the “Hub City” because it serves as the educational, cultural, economic, and health care hub of the South Plains region, Lubbock boasts a diverse population and a strong connection to community, history, and land. With a mild climate, highly rated public schools, and a low cost of living, Lubbock is a family-friendly community that is ranked as one of the best places to live in Texas. Lubbock is home to a celebrated and ever-evolving music scene, a vibrant arts community, and is within driving distance of Dallas, Austin, Santa Fe, and other major metropolitan cities. Lubbock’s Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a comprehensive overview of the Lubbock community and its resources, programs, events, and histories.  

Equal Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. 

To Apply for this Position
Please include the following documents in your application: 

  1. Curriculum Vitae  

  2. Cover Letter 

(Additional materials will be solicited later from exceptionally qualified candidates.) 


Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Marta Kvande, Search Committee Chair, at If you need assistance with the application process, contact Human Resources, Talent Acquisition at or 806-742-3851. 


Application Process 

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2023. To ensure full consideration, please complete an online application at, requisition # 35082BR. 

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