The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of the Literature of the Americas with particular specialization in Latin American, Latinx, and/or Caribbean literatures. The department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through teaching; other forms of engagement with students outside of the classroom; scholarly, creative, and/or professional work; and service activities. The appointment begins August 24, 2023 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 24 & 25, 2023.
Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.
The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing is a vibrant community of scholars, writers, publishers, and designers with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 550 undergraduate majors, and 250 graduate students in its two Creative Writing MFA programs and Publishing and Writing MA program.
Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson’s commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
The candidate will be expected to teach courses that focus on the literatures of the Americas, with a particular emphasis on Latin American, Latinx, and/or Caribbean literatures, depending on the expertise of the candidate. Successful candidates should also possess an active research portfolio, with the strong potential for future scholarly growth. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, and serving on other department and college committees.
Candidates must have a PhD in Literature or a related field (such as Latin American, Latinx, Caribbean, or American Studies) with substantial experience in literary scholarship at the time of the appointment. Successful candidates should demonstrate excellence in teaching at the college level and the potential for producing innovative research in their respective fields. Candidates who can teach survey courses in American literatures (U.S. and the Americas broadly), as well as those whose research and teaching explicitly address issues of racialization, Indigeneity, and/or gender and sexuality are especially encouraged to apply.
Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education beyond the classroom is essential. Our ideal candidates will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility within the various facets of their field of research, the teaching profession, and the classroom. The candidate should be able to demonstrate culturally responsive writing pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.
Interested applicants must complete an online application form and submit a cover letter, a current CV, and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant’s approval). The cover letter should address the candidate’s research and publication record, the candidate’s teaching philosophy, and the candidate’s approach to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
Preference will be given to applications received by September 30th, 2022 but the position will remain open until filled.
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