Assistant Professor of 20th and 21st Century US Literatures

The Department of English at the University of North Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in 20th and 21st century US literatures with an emphasis in Indigenous and/or multiethnic literatures.

The position requires a PhD in English or a closely related field. We are seeking candidates with experience in digital humanities who can contribute to a new program in Indigenous Digital Humanities and Archives. This program is part of the new “Expanding Digital Humanities Across Northern Plains Indigenous Higher Educational Institutions Initiative,” a multi-year Mellon Foundation funded collaboration between UND and the North Dakota Tribal College System. The position is contingent upon the availability of funding.

About the Department

The English department is an active unit with B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs. Recent additions to our degree offerings include a certificate in writing and editing (, and another Certificate that is being designed in Indigenous Digital Humanities and Archives. We have built a number of digital collections funded by the NEA or the NEH. Our annual Writers Conference ( has featured thirty-six Pulitzer Prize winners and four Nobel laureates and has brought to the UND campus authors such as Colson Whitehead, Louise Erdrich, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tommy Orange, Ross Gay, Roxane Gay, Marlon James, N. Scott Momaday and Layli Long Soldier. Our department also has a longstanding involvement with the North Dakota Quarterly.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in the state. A flagship university with a strong liberal arts core, UND is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. It was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the best universities in the Northern Plains region. UND enrolls nearly 14,000 students.

The university is located in Grand Forks, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of the reasons that Grand Forks has been ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns. See why Grand Forks Is Cooler.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will contribute to the English program and UND LEADS Strategic Plan through strong teaching, scholarly activity, and service within the department, college, university, and community. Our teaching load is two courses a semester, and will include lower-division undergraduate literature courses, upper-division courses, and/or graduate seminars in relevant literary traditions, courses in Indigenous or other multiethnic literatures and digital humanities, as well as courses of the candidate’s own design. We especially welcome candidates with a clear commitment to inclusive pedagogies and fostering access for marginalized, underrepresented students.

UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students succeed. The University of North Dakota is supportive of dual-career assistance both within the University and the local community. Please contact UND’s Recruiting Manager, Hannah Whalen ( to explore dual-career opportunities.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in English or related field by August 15, 2024.
  • Academic credentials and/or publishing experience in Indigenous and/or multiethnic literatures.
  • Academic credentials and/or publishing/collection building experience in digital humanities.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal History Background Check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Scholarly work that shows potential for publication in relevant fields.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and teaching experience that demonstrates a commitment to excellence in teaching and knowledge of literature pedagogy and digital humanities pedagogy.
  • Academic credentials that demonstrate the expertise to teach literature at the advanced and graduate levels.
  • Teaching or academic experience that demonstrates the readiness to supervise graduate student research at both the MA and PhD levels.
  • Demonstration of generative, beneficial relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities.

To Apply

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by February 23, 2024 and include the following materials:

• Letter of application
• Curriculum vitae
• Statement of teaching philosophy
• Official transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the hiring committee chair, Dr. Crystal Alberts, at

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