Assistant Professor - 19th Century British Literature and Ecocriticism

The Department of English at the University of Houston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in nineteenth-century British literature, with a specialty in ecocriticism, the environmental humanities, and/or the energy humanities. The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in literature of the entire nineteenth century, but special attention will be given to applicants with expertise in the period from 1790 to 1860. The position will involve the development of new undergraduate and graduate courses with an environmental focus and contributions to the development of a program or certificate in the environmental humanities. The search committee will look for an established publication record or the promise of excellent publication as well as evidence of effective teaching, preferably with the use of digital platforms.


The University of Houston is the premier, tier-one public doctoral institution in the nation’s fourth largest city, and has one of the most diverse student bodies among research-one universities. The Department of English is a large, dynamic department offering the M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature; the M.F.A. and Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing; a doctoral concentration in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy; and graduate certificates in Empire Studies and in Translation Studies. In addition to the English Department’s strengths, the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers programs in Comparative Cultural Studies, including India Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Please submit an application package to Professor Ann Christensen, Chair, Department of English, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-3013. Complete application packages should include the following items: letter of application; current curriculum vitae; dissertation or book abstract; one scholarly writing sample of no more than twenty (20) pages (a dissertation chapter, for example, or an article); three confidential letters of recommendation; evidence of effective teaching (a summary of teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and/or a teaching philosophy); and a copy of graduate transcripts. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the time the position begins in Fall 2020. Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2019, and continue until the position is filled.


The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

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