Henry J. Leir Endowed Chair in Languages and Cultures

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.


Job Description:

The Department of Language, Literature and Culture at Clark University seeks to hire the next Henry J. Leir Endowed Chair in Languages and Cultures. The department is seeking to hire a candidate at the rank of established associate professor or full professor to begin Fall 2024 (tenure on hire). Successful applicants will have research specialization in literature and culture in French, German and/or Spanish (additional languages in connection with the languages described above welcome). The committee encourages applicants with demonstrated expertise in cultural construction of national identity, environmental humanities, gender studies, race and ethnicity studies, digital media, digital humanities and/or migration studies.


We are interested in scholars whose research and teaching are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of collaborative relationships with faculty and students in Clark programs, centers, and schools such as: Higgins School of Humanities, Center for Gender, Race and Area Studies, (CGRAS), Becker School of Design and Technology, among others.


The successful candidate will teach four courses per year related to language, national identity and culture, including our foundational course The National Imagination. The Leir Chair will

  • develop courses and experiences connecting languages and cultures
  • engage in outreach to other departments and programs at Clark and other universities domestic and international
  • augment Clark's international profile by organizing international conferences, symposia and/or joint research. 



Applications must be received by November 3, 2023 to receive full consideration. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Professor Beth Gale, Chair, LLC Search Committee at LLCSearch@clarku.edu.


Additional Information:

As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses. This is important for your own personal health as well as the health of our community.

Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.


Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:


· CV

· Cover letter

· Diversity Statement

· Teaching Philosophy

· Statement of Research

· Names and contact information for 3 References


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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

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