Lecturer II / Teaching Assistant Professor (Literature)

Lecturer II/Teaching Assistant Professor (Literature)

The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applicants for a Lecturer II/Teaching Assistant Professor position in literature to begin July 1, 2024. This is a 9-month, non-tenure-track, continuing position in which faculty are eligible for promotion and in which the predominant responsibility is teaching. We are seeking candidates with the ability to teach required courses in the literature track of the English major as well as courses that support associated majors (such as PackTeach, a dual-degree program in Secondary Education and English). We seek candidates to teach our foundation courses: Writing About Literature (298) and Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (303). Applicants are also expected to be able to teach courses offered by the Core Humanities Program, especially CH 203: American Experiences and Constitutional Change as well as upper-division courses in American Literature, especially Ethnic Literature(s). The position carries a 4/4 teaching load with potential course release opportunities for academic advisement, assessment, curriculum development, and other administrative duties. There are also opportunities for off-term teaching for additional compensation.


The literature emphasis trains students to think and write critically through rigorous instruction and engagement with issues of public concern, preparing them for careers in law, project management, publishing and education. The literature emphasis offers courses in British and U.S. literature, as well as global literatures in English. It focuses on a range of historical periods, individual authors, movements, themes and genres, and it stresses a range of theoretical methods and disciplinary approaches. Many of our courses center on diverse and underrepresented literatures in English. Faculty members in the department teach in a variety of fields, including the literature of U.S. writers of color, film, early modern British literature, global modernism, British literature from the early modern to the contemporary, and global Anglophone literatures.

For more information on the literature program, please visit our website. The Core Humanities (CH) program offers the university’s required, interdisciplinary courses on human histories and cultures from ancient times to the present; for more on CH please visit our website.

Lecturer Statement

The University of Nevada, Reno reserves the right to hire at any level of Lecturer (I-IV) or Teaching Assistant/Associate/Professor (terminal degree candidates) that is appropriate for the hire.  If you have questions about title, please inquire during the interview process.


Required Qualifications

Candidates must possess experience working with diverse and underrepresented students at the college level, and have an M.A. or higher degree in English, with a focus on literature or a related field, by July 1, 2024. Terminal degree required for appointment as Teaching Assistant Professor. Successful candidates must demonstrate an ability to collaborate with others on curriculum design and implementation while supporting the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and social justice.


Preferred Qualifications

Applicants with a PhD specialization in literature

Evidence of attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and/or service


Compensation Rank

Lecturer II/Teaching Assistant Professor, $59,415


Department Information

The Department of English, housed in the College of Liberal Arts, offers a diverse range of fields of study including literature, language and linguistics, professional and public writing, and creative writing. We also offer a minor in cinema and media studies. Our graduate programs include PhD concentrations in literature and Rhetoric & Writing Studies, an MFA in creative writing, and MA degrees in literature, RWS, and Public Engagement. The department houses the Core Writing program for the university and maintains close relationships with other core and affiliate programs including Core Humanities and the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity Studies.


College and University Information

The University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Liberal Arts strongly value diversity, equity, and inclusion. Besides housing a growing interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and affiliated faculty in the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The College plays an active role in addressing racism, bias and inequities in society and at the local level. For examples of the innovative and unique ways we work to dismantle racism, visit our Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery, and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.


The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 21,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been designated as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity and a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Nearly half of our students are students of color, and we are an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University's land grant, tier-one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of more than 500,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit www.cityofreno.com and www.visitrenotahoe.com.


The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. We believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. The University of Nevada, Reno is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Perks of working at UNR

Multiple health plan options, including dental and vision - Health Insurance

Your 15.50% retirement contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. – Retirement Plan

E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups

Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate

No state income tax



The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grant-in-Aid


Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a Dual Career Assistance Program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. 


Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, along with many other benefits. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits  


Contact Information for this position:

Search Chair-Dr. Daniel Ryan Morse, dmorse@unr.edu

Search Coordinator-Yasmin Khan, yasmink@unr.edu, (775) 682-6377


Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment(s) will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at jobs@unr.edu.


1) A complete CV

2) Cover letter describing qualifications and experience

3) Statement of Teaching Philosophy

4) Contact information for three professional references

5) A statement (a maximum of one single-spaced page) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying


Posting Close Time

For priority review, submit your application by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 5th. The posting will remain open until filled.

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