Assistant/Associate Professor in American Literature

Application Deadline:

Open Until Filled

Position Details:

This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.

The Department of English at Texas Christian University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in American literature at the rank of assistant or associate professor to begin in August 2024.

We welcome candidates with a specialization in American literature to contribute to our undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to actively mentor and direct graduate students. Candidates with expertise in teaching and researching in areas with important social implications such as environmental studies (including from Indigenous perspectives), multiethnic literatures (especially Asian American), or law and literature are especially encouraged to apply. We see this position as building on recent hiring in the English department in decolonial and anti-racist pedagogies and practices as well as a recent cluster hire in research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts.

The position carries a 3/2 teaching load (with a one course reduction for two years if pre-tenure), a competitive salary, and internal research support. In addition to teaching duties, the successful candidate will mentor undergraduate and graduate students, carry out a scholarly research agenda, and contribute service and leadership at the department and university levels.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal arts education and strongly held as central to our mission at Texas Christian University. Candidates who are intent on deepening this mission and whose work explores power, identity, and marginalization are encouraged to apply. We seek a colleague who views teaching, scholarship and community involvement as interwoven and inspiring endeavors.

Department Details:

The TCU Department of English has 35 full-time faculty members who lead two majors (English and Writing), three minors (English, Writing, and Creative Writing), an MA program and two PhD programs (English and Rhetoric and Composition). Faculty members are dedicated and productive teacher-scholars and university citizens and leaders. The department values and supports synergistic inquiry between the areas of study represented within the department as well as interdisciplinary connections with departments including Women and Gender Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.

School/College Description:

Named for TCU’s founders, Addison and Randolph Clark, the AddRan College of Liberal Arts is home to the core academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The College includes approximately 155 full-time faculty members, 13 departments (Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geography, History, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and Women & Gender Studies), and two units of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (Army and Air Force). AddRan College departments confer 17 Bachelor of Arts and 7 Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of General Studies, an online master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a Master of Liberal Arts degree, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in History, English, and Rhetoric and Composition.

University & Fort Worth Description:


Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.

Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions:

Required Qualifications:
• PhD in English or a related interdisciplinary field
• Evidence of or potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate level
• Evidence of or potential for academic research leading to publication and presentation in the field of interdisciplinary American literary studies
• Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience teaching and mentoring graduate students
• Demonstrated evidence of effective teaching at the undergraduate level
• Record of publication and presentation in the field of interdisciplinary American literary studies
• Evidence of or potential for community-engaged scholarship and/or teaching

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include the following:
• A letter of application addressing the position’s indicated area(s) of expertise and specific interest in working at Texas Christian University
• A CV
• Scholarly writing sample (up to 20 pages)
• Statement of teaching philosophy

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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