Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literature

Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literature



Description of Department:

The Department of English and Creative Writing is one of the most comprehensive in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our full-time and part-time faculty members work together to offer two complete majors, two minors, eight interdisciplinary majors and minors, and a range of programs. With a choice of in-depth study in areas such as U.S. and British Literatures, Creative Writing, Latino/a/x Literatures and Theories, African and African American Literatures, American Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies, our students benefit from our faculty's pursuit of the ongoing transformations that are the new humanities. In particular, the English program in literary studies, teaches students valuable skills in writing and critical thinking while exploring literary works by diverse writers. Courses stress the importance of critical reading, writing, and research to provide students with a background suitable for many kinds of careers. Our diverse faculty teach and publish across the historical and theoretical spectrum, and students benefit from an interdisciplinary mix.

The Department of English and Creative Writing at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full-time Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literature (10 month).

Posting Date: October 5, 2023

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Compensation: Salary levels, commensurate with experience plus full New York State benefits package.

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here for more information.

Date of Appointment: August 2024

Description of Responsibilities:

The Department of English and Creative Writing at SUNY-Oswego invites applications for a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 20th-Century American Literatures with an expertise in Indigenous American Literature and Culture. We seek an exceptional scholar-teacher whose work reflects intersectional, comparative, interdisciplinary, and transmedia approaches to literature and indigeneity. We are especially interested in candidates whose scholarship engages with frameworks such as performance studies, visual and material culture studies, gender studies, environmental humanities, and/or studies of oral history.

Teaching and conducting research at a learner-centered institution, the successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in guiding student inquiry and developing curricula that takes transnational approaches. This candidate will be responsible for teaching courses on literatures in the Americas, as well as other core courses in the English major, College Writing, and the General Education curriculum.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. As such, the incumbent is expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:




  • PhD by time of appointment
  • Expertise in American Literatures with a focus on the long twentieth century

Preferred Qualifications:



  • Scholarship and teaching that can draw energy from and serve our allied Creative Writing program as well as thriving interdisciplinary programs in Latino and Latin American Studies, African American Studies, American Studies, Native American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Global and International Studies, and Digital Humanities.
  • An existing record of scholarly activity

At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)

Additional Information:

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

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Search Chair:

Dr. Douglas Guerra and Dr. Roberta Hurtado, Search Co-Chairs at and/or

Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:



  1. Cover letter describing interest and qualifications for position (2 pages)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research statement (1 page) and writing sample (20-25 pages)
  4. Teaching statement
  5. Diversity statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development.
  6. Contact information for three professional references

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