Assistant Professor in Early Modern Studies or Early Modern English Drama (Shakespeare)

The Department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applicants for two full-time, 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor positions in early modern studies. The Department of English has historically deep roots in early modern studies. We served as host of the World Shakespeare Bibliography for more than three decades; and since the 1990s, we continue to enjoy our membership in the Folger Institute. Based upon this strong commitment to early modern studies and digital humanities, the Modern Language Association awarded us a generous grant in 2019 to transform the New Variorum Shakespeare into dynamic, openly accessible digital editions.
The expected duties for these positions include maintaining an active publication agenda; developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; undertaking appropriate academic service on departmental, college, and university committees; mentoring students from all cultural backgrounds; and engaging in professional service at the appropriate level. The normal teaching load is 2/2.

Assistant Professor, Early Modern Literary Studies:
We seek a scholar with a PhD in English or an aligned field and a clear record of teaching, research, and service to join us in shaping the next phase of early modern studies at Texas A&M. We are especially interested in attracting scholars exploring and expanding the boundaries of early modern studies through, for example, considerations of transatlantic issues or critical-textual studies. This full-time, tenure-track position will be hired at an assistant level. The anticipated start date is 1 August 2024.

Assistant Professor, Early Modern English Drama (Shakespeare):
This position invites applications from early modern scholars with a PhD in English or an aligned field, working in early modern drama studies with particular interests in Shakespeare and/or digital humanities. Texas A&M is the home of the New Variorum Shakespeare (NVS). The NVS makes Shakespeare scholarship open, accessible, and potentially groundbreaking in its creation of digital scholarly editions of his texts. (For more information, see This position will publicize and build a scholarly community around the NVS and its development of both open-access texts and open-source digital tools, and will work closely with the Digital Editor of the NVS. This position will also serve as the primary liaison between the Department and the NVS, including the NVS board, and report on the progress, visibility, and scholarly impact of the project. This full-time, tenure-track position will be hired at an assistant level with previous experience on the tenure-track. The anticipated start date is 1 August 2024.


Both positions require a PhD in English or aligned fields (Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, etc).

Assistant Professor, Early Modern Literary Studies

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
●    An active record of research, teaching, and service;
●    An interest in developing public humanities initiatives;
●    An interest in exploring the boundaries of early modern studies, broadly defined;
●    An interest in developing innovative curricula in early modern studies; and
●    A commitment to responding to the needs of first-generation students.

Assistant Professor, Early Modern English Drama (Shakespeare)

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
●    An active program of relevant research and service;
●    Familiarity with digital approaches to early modern studies;
●    Established record of leading collaborative projects;
●    Demonstrated success in advocacy and outreach for humanities efforts;
●    Demonstrated success in grant writing; and
●    Established record of participating in public humanities initiatives.

To apply for either position: Submit a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation and a personal statement to include philosophy and plans for teaching, research and service as applicable, at: Applicants are encouraged to highlight their experience or qualifications for supporting students from multiple backgrounds through their teaching, service, mentoring or advising. These positions will remain open until filled, but to ensure full consideration, applications should be uploaded by December 5, 2023. Inquiries about these positions may be sent to Dr. Margaret J. M. Ezell ( and Dr. Kevin M. O’Sullivan (, co-chairs of the search committee. Initial interviews will take place through the Zoom platform. Texas A&M is an AA/EEO employer and responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. For more information, please visit the English Department website at

Texas A&M’s English department is home to an undergraduate major and minor, minors in health humanities, professional writing and science fiction studies, and MA and PhD programs.
Texas A&M University is an emerging Hispanic-serving institution and a First-Gen Forward Institution committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission ( and living our core values (  In 2019 and again in 2020, Texas A&M received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The English Department is especially interested in candidates who can implement and contribute curricula and programs responsive to the needs of first-generation students and a diverse university community.

About Texas A&M: A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and one of only seventeen universities designated as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, Texas A&M combines academic excellence and cutting-edge research with affordability and a commitment to producing academic, business, and civic leaders. The work of humanities faculty at Texas A&M is supported by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the Center of Digital Humanities Research (CoDHR), and by the Texas A&M University Library, which houses special collections in early modern English and Spanish literature, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Texas & Borderlands, Book & Printing History, and Gender & Ethnic Studies (including the Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture). Writing and rhetoric faculty have access to a university-wide writing-in-the-disciplines program housed in our University Writing Center.

Texas A&M is located in Bryan/College Station, a thriving community known for the quality of its public schools, a strong local economy, and a low cost of living ( ). Bryan and College Station are a two-hour drive from Houston and Austin and three hours away from San Antonio and Dallas.


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