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Assistant Professor, Tenure-track: Pre-1900 American Literature, Colorado State University

This is an updated position announcement.

The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of English with an emphasis on Pre-1900 American literature and culture.  The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor.  This is an entry-level, tenure-track, nine-month appointment, beginning August 16, 2013. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in English or American Studies or closely related area in hand at time of appointment
  • A promising record of scholarship/research in pre-1900 American literature and culture
  • Ability to teach a range of subjects in American literature and culture between 1600 and 1900

Desired Qualifications:

  • Specialized scholarly knowledge of a particular area of study within pre-1900 American literature and culture
  • Ability to contribute to the American Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts
  • A broad knowledge of contemporary critical studies (e.g. historicism, eco-criticism, ethnic studies, etc.) as they engage a specialized area of American literary and cultural studies, including those discussions that are presently predominant in the field
  • Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities


The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in American Literature and Culture and engage appropriate and influential critical material in the process.  Teaching requirements include four courses per year until tenure.  The successful candidate will also be expected to pursue a research agenda in a specialized area of interest, advise students, and provide service to the department and the university.  We seek candidates who are committed to contributing to the collegiality of the department and to continued professional development.  Salary will be commensurate with entry-level assistant professor rank.

Application Procedures and Deadlines:

We prefer paper applications. International candidates may send electronic files. Please send vita, letter of interest, writing sample (10-20 pages), dissertation/book abstract, statement of teaching philosophy, syllabi from 2 courses that you either have taught or could propose, and three letters of reference to Professor Paul Trembath, Chair, Pre-1900 American Literature Search Committee, Department of English, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO 80523-1773.  This is an “open search”:  once the search committee has identified semifinalists, departmental faculty will have access to those files.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration applications must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2012.  Send routine inquiries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Screening interviews will be conducted at MLA.

General Information

Colorado State University (approximately 27,000 students) is located in Fort Collins, a growing community of close to 144,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, 65 miles north of Denver.  The area is noted for its natural beauty and abundant cultural and recreational resources.

Colorado State University is a Research I comprehensive land-grant university.  The English Department has a tenure-track faculty of 35, approximately 500 undergraduate majors, and approximately 130 graduate students.  We appoint approximately 35 graduate teaching assistants who teach creative and expository writing and English as a second language.  Undergraduate concentrations in creative writing, English Education, language, literature, and writing lead to a B.A. in English.  Master of Arts degrees are offered in creative nonfiction, English Education, literature, rhetoric and composition, and TEFL/TESL.  A Master of Fine Arts is offered in Creative Writing.  More information is available on the English Department home page at: http://english.colostate.edu/.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, natural origin, or ancestry, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.  Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.  The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. 

Posted: September 13, 2012