Visiting Assistant Professor

Job Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
Department/School: English
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Start date: August 12, 2024

Position Summary: The Department of English in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a one-year full-time non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor in EarlyModern British literature to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

The successful applicant can expect to teach two courses per semester, including “Introduction to Shakespeare,” a graduate course on Shakespeare, an upper-level undergraduate Special Topics course, and a survey of early British literature. Applicants with an interest in Gender Studies, Film/Media Studies, History of the Book, Race and Periodization, Global and/or Transatlantic Perspectives are especially welcomed.

The University of Arkansas has a vibrant community of premodernists and an active program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies that sponsors reading groups, conferences, and a colloquium series. The University of Arkansas, ranked as a “Research 1” doctoral university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, is the flagship university in the state system. In addition to teaching duties, the successful applicant will be expected to pursue an active program of research and contribute to the institution’s research mission as well as perform academically related service. We seek a candidate with a strong and developing national reputation, achieved through a compelling research record; one who demonstrates curiosity in emerging technologies and novel approaches to traditional methods.

Duties include designing graduate and undergraduate courses, providing curriculum material, constructing syllabi, leading classroom instruction, writing and administering exams, coaching students in the writing of essays, and mentoring and evaluating students.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Duties will include:
• 40% Teaching
• 40% Research
• 20% Service

Minimum Qualifications:
With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate:

• Ph.D. in English or closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the date of initial appointment
• An active research agenda
• A commitment to exceptional inclusive teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
• One year of college-level experience teaching in English literature or related field
• Demonstrated evidence of strong interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated interest or experience in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and/or cross-campus collaborations.
• Demonstrated ability to develop effective undergraduate and graduate classes that complement the current course catalog.
• Demonstrated interest or research in Gender Studies, Film/Media Studies, History of Books, Race and Periodization, Global and/or          Transatlantic Perspectives.



Completed applications received by March 1, 2024, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Prof. Casey Kayser, at

For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit

Applicants must submit:

• a curriculum vitae
• a cover letter/letter of application
• a writing sample (max 25 pages)
• a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process.

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


Annual Salary/Benefits Package: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.


The University of Arkansas: Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Fulbright College: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. Fulbright promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

The Community: Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus and is known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. For more information, visit:

Culture in Northwest Arkansas
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About University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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