Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Job Details:

Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department. This one-year position will begin in Fall 2024. Salary is competitive and provides excellent benefits.

Institutional information:

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a highly competitive small liberal arts institution located in Bloomington, IL.

The English Department offers a major with concentrations in Literature and Writing. We offer minors in English, Creative Writing, and Journalism and Communication. A large percentage of our English majors also major in Education Studies. Many of our students study abroad, receive academic credit for internships, pursue independent studies, and conduct honors research. The English Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply. 


Candidates must have a PhD or be nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) in English, Comparative Literature, or a related field by August 1, 2024. We seek candidates who can teach courses that focus on diaspora studies, disability studies, gender studies, global/postcolonial Englishes, Latinx literature, and/or literary theory. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach British literature(s) of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


The primary responsibility will be to teach undergraduate English courses. The typical teaching load for the position is four classes per semester, including two sections of a first-year writing course.  

Special Notes:

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO employer.

Review of applications will begin on March 4; however, applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

To Apply:

Submit the following as pdf attachment(s) and/or via Interfolio to

  1. A cover letter addressing qualifications;
  2. A CV;
  3. A teaching portfolio, including two syllabi and two assignments that you have created (even if you have not yet used them);
  4. Three letters of recommendation;
  5. A clear statement describing how your teaching has (and, potentially, research, service, and/or work beyond the university have) provided preparation for contributing to our commitment to address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historic marginalization.

Questions may be directed to:

Mike Theune, Chair
Department of English
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Telephone: (309) 556-3168

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