Assistant Professor - Medieval Literature

The Department of English at the University of Houston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in medieval literature. Applicants should demonstrate research and teaching expertise in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and a broad range of non-Chaucerian Middle English texts, Arthurian texts, continental medieval literatures and knowledge of languages most relevant to the study of English medieval literature in its European context: Latin, Old French, German. The successful candidate will have a strong, developing research profile, with an established publication record; they will also have evidence of effective teaching, with possible nods to classes with community-based research, digital platforms, or innovative pedagogical designs.


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 Translation Studies, Empire Studies, Poetics, and Teaching of English as an Additional Language. At the undergraduate level, we offer a concentration in Applied Linguistics and a soon-to-be-approved minor in Writing Studies. In addition to the English Department’s strengths, the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers strong programs in Modern and Classical Languages (with faculty in Classical, Translation, and Jewish Studies) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Complete applications 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); evidence of effective teaching (a summary of teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and/or a teaching philosophy); and a copy of graduate transcripts. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019, and continue until position is filled.


The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. 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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