Professor of American Literature

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) invites applications for the position of

Professor of American Literature (open rank), 80-100%

The successful candidate will possess a doctorate in English or American literature and a substantial publication record covering a diverse array of topics in the field of American literature. They will be expected to teach courses in the entire field of American literature (colonial period to twenty-first century; 6 hours/week/semester; 4 hours for a tenure track hire) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and will supervise BA, MA and doctoral theses. Additionally, the willingness to teach literary-historical survey lectures regularly and at all levels of study is a requirement.

Candidates should have a proven record of scholarship and publication in the field at an international level and experience in university teaching and administration. They will demonstrate their ability and willingness to integrate themselves into the department and faculty, as well as to collaborate with the Institute of Comparative Literature. They will also be expected to take on administrative tasks, to direct research projects, to acquire external research funding and to show experience in these areas.


Teaching in the department is conducted exclusively in English. The administrative languages of the Faculty and the University are French and German. Functional knowledge of one official language is required to interact with the administration, passive knowledge of the other might be an advantage.


Starting date is August 1st, 2025.


Please submit a letter of interest with CV, a list of publications, a statement of research projects and teaching experience, along with four publications in pdf format (either one monograph and three articles or two monographs and two articles). In their cover letter applicants should indicate which chapters in their monograph(s) best represent their work. All application materials should be sent electronically by May 31st, 2024, to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities,


Having signed the DORA declaration, the University of Fribourg emphasizes qualitative assessment of academic achievement.


Seeking to promote an equitable representation of women and men, the University encourages applications from women.


For additional information please contact Prof. Didier Maillat, Department of English, Université de Fribourg, Av. de l’Europe 20, 1700 Fribourg (Suisse). E-mail:

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