Assistant Professor of English (Early Modern Literature 1500-1700), Tenure Track

Vassar College

Assistant Professor of English (Early Modern Literature 1500-1700), Tenure Track


Department: English Department
Posting Removal Date:
Posting Number: F081P

For full consideration applicants should apply by: 10/02/2023

About Vassar College
Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2400 undergraduate students, located in the Hudson Valley, seventy-five miles north of New York City. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape. The College is located in Poughkeepsie, home to a culturally diverse community, and benefits from convenient commuter rail access to New York City. Vassar faculty are committed teachers/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and studios and in individually-mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on college-wide and departmental committees. The College maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

Position Introduction
The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor, specializing in Early Modern Literature and Culture (1500-1700). This position will start in August 2024.

AA Statement
Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding.

Position Description
Teaching in the first year is four courses. In ensuing years, it will be five courses or four courses plus a group tutorial.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Early Modern Literary Studies or related discipline by the time of appointment, experience in and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, and a record of scholarly activity. We are especially interested in applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on disability studies and other approaches that examine the relationship between culture, identity, and embodiment: race, gender, and sexuality. Candidates with additional expertise in areas such as European Literature before 1700 and Global Literature are encouraged to apply.

In addition, we welcome applicants who link the study of Early Modern Literature to interdisciplinary research areas, such as Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Women, Feminist, and Queer Studies; environmental humanities; transnational studies; digital humanities; media studies.

Salary Wage Range
Pay Transparency Disclosure: The annual base starting salary range for this position is $89,000 to $99,000 (USD). This range includes new faculty appointments beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock as well as Assistant Professors with previous tenure-line experience who will be on an accelerated tenure clock. When extending an offer of employment, Vassar College considers factors such as (but not limited to) candidate’s education/training, work experience, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations. This salary range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate at the time of posting. The starting salary for an Assistant Professor in this position with a PhD beginning the first year of a standard tenure clock in Fall 2024 is $93,000.

How to Apply
To apply, please visit to link to the posting for this position. In addition to a letter of application, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, diversity statement (additional information can be found at, graduate school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the initial application), three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than 20-25 pages.

Applications should be addressed to Wendy Graham and submitted online at For inquiries, e-mail Wendy Graham, Chair, Department of English, Vassar College, []. Review of applicant materials will begin on October 2, 2023, and will continue until the position has been filled. There is no guarantee that applications received after October 2, 2023 will be reviewed.

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