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Wiki page for Academic Jobs in 20th and 21st-Century American Literature advertised during the 2022-2023 hiring season. This page is for jobs that begin in 2023.

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Baylor University (Waco, TX). Assistant Professor, American Literature: Latino/a, Chicano/a, Mexican American, Border Studies. The Department of English seeks a dynamic and creative scholar specializing in Latino/a, Chicano/a, Mexican American, Border, or related ethnic literatures. In addition to effective teaching of literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong research agenda in poetry, prose, or drama in this literature, develop and maintain a successful publication record, contribute to course design, direct graduate students’ research, and engage in service to the department and university. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a willingness to seek external funding in support of research. TT/FT. Deadline: December 2, 2022.

Fairfield University. Tenure Track Assistant Professor.

Job Description:

The English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University invites applicants for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in 20 and 21st Century Postcolonial Literature in English beginning in September 2023. We welcome candidates with secondary interests in African, Caribbean, South Asian, or Asian literature in English; transnational approaches to Black culture in the Americas; African Diaspora literature and film; Asian Diaspora literature and film; anti/post/decolonialism; and critical theory. There will be opportunities to collaborate with our interdisciplinary programs in Black Studies, Islamic Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and International Studies. We also welcome applicants whose scholarship extends beyond the Anglophone to include African or Asian languages. Applicants must have a strong commitment to pedagogical innovation and demonstrated excellence in using technology in the classroom.  The potential for developing an active research program in the candidate’s area of specialization is also required.


The position requires teaching three literature courses at the undergraduate level each semester, distributed between Core/introductory courses and upper division courses for majors and minors, with an opportunity for a one-semester, pre-tenure research leave, as well as a sabbatical following every 12 semesters of teaching. The successful candidate will have completed the Ph.D. by the position start date, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching.

About Fairfield University:

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT.  The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.  As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Additional Information:

The salary and the benefits for the position are competitive.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of other historically underrepresented groups. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration all material must be submitted by November 11, 2022. We plan to do Zoom interviews for selected candidates in late December or early January, with campus visits to follow in late January or early February.

For full consideration, please click "Apply Now" and upload the following materials:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of application
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • dossier (3 letters of recommendation) – Letters can be sent directly to [[1]]

Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR). Visiting Assistant Professor, American Literature

The School of Writing, Literature and Film at Oregon State University invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in 20th and 21st century American Literatures with specialization in Latinx-, Asian-, or African American (including Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx) Literatures beginning Fall 2023. We especially welcome candidates with a clear commitment to inclusive pedagogies and fostering access for marginalized underrepresented students. Deadline for full consideration: May 1, 2023.

The position consists of teaching (55%), research (35%), and service (10%). The teaching load is two courses per term over three quarters annually. Teaching responsibilities include lower-division undergraduate surveys, upper-division courses, and/or graduate seminars in relevant literary traditions, including topics of the candidate’s design. Mentoring of students is expected, including possible advising of graduate students in our MA program in Literature and Culture. We seek a candidate whose scholarship adds to the intellectual vibrancy of our community, and that shows potential for distinction in their field. The position includes mentoring and support for advancing one’s scholarship. Service includes committee work for the School and College. We anticipate hiring a tenure-line faculty member in one of these fields in Fall 2024, and the selected candidate for this position will be encouraged to apply for the tenure-track position during their first year of residency. Additional information about our curriculum and faculty can be found at the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film website:

For questions or additional information please contact Ray Malewitz (

University of Central Arkansas, Assistant Professor of Multicultural American Literatures, 1900-present

The Department of English at the University of Central Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English to start in August 2023.

Required qualifications for this position include:

  • completion of the Ph.D. in English no later than Aug. 1, 2023.
  • at least one year of successful teaching experience at the university level.
  • specialization in multicultural American literatures since 1900, as demonstrated by completed graduate coursework, comprehensive-examination emphases, dissertation subject matter, and/or publication materials.

Ideal candidates will be:

  • possessed of significant, successful teaching experience in multicultural American literatures, to include at the upper-division and/or graduate levels.
  • specialists in African American literature and culture since 1900.
  • adept in teaching general-education courses on poetry and/or film and literature.

The UCA English Department offers the BA in English, the BA in English with teaching licensure, and the MA in English. The department’s faculty is highly engaged in scholarly production and learner-centered pedagogies. UCA English is home to more than 125 undergraduate majors and 45 minors. Majors choose between two degree tracks: literature and teacher licensure. Additionally, faculty have opportunities to teach courses for several interdisciplinary minors, UCA’s residential-college programs, and the Schedler Honors College. The department also hosts a small, but thriving, MA in English program. During the past four years, the department has posted steady growth, to include an overall increase in student credit hours of nearly 35 percent, as well as an increase in undergraduate majors of 10 percent.  

Interested candidates should apply at Completed applications must include:

  • a letter of application outlining one’s interest in and qualifications for the position.
  • a CV.
  • contact information for three professional references.
  • a professional writing sample of 15-20 pages.
  • a teaching portfolio that consists of: (1) a teaching philosophy; (2) a sample syllabus for an American literature survey, post-Civil War to present; and (3) a sample syllabus for an upper-level multicultural literature course.

Applications are due by Jan. 6, 2023.

Address queries to Dr. Melissa Smith, Associate Professor and chair of the search committee, at; or Dr. Ty Hawkins, Chair of the Department of English, at

Word on the Street[]

Anyone have news on the RPI lecturer job? -- interviews were held a week ago but haven't heard about campus visits. -- Any updates? (2/24) -- Campus visit request (2/28) -- Anyone heard anything after their virtual visits? Any updates? (4/2)

Any updates from the UNC modernism job? Initial interview requests have gone out.

  • Has anyone heard from NYU's Assistant Professor position in Indigenous Literatures? (12/3)
  • Has anyone heard from University of Washington's American Indian and Indigenous Literary Studies Assistant Professor position? (12/3)
  • Has anyone heard from Yale's Assistant Professor position in the Department of English Language and Literature, specializing in Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity? (12/3)
    • Rejection reported on different wiki page, mid December
    • 01/18 Curious about this one: did anyone hear positively? I didn't get a rejection, but didn't hear anything else either.
    • Someone reported a request for additional materials in November in the Chicanx/Latinx wiki, and a Zoom interview in December. I also didn't get a rejection but haven't heard anything positive either.
  • Has anyone heard from Illinois Wesleyan University's Assistant Professor of American Literatures? (12/3)
  • Has anyone heard from Dartmouth's Assistant Professor of Native American Literature and Indigenous Studies? (12/3)
  • Has anyone heard from Georgetown's Assistant Professor position in Transnational/Global Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies & Approaches to Literatures, Media, and Cultures? (12/3)
  • Has anyone heard from Fort Lewis College's Assistant Professor position in Native American and/or First Nations Literature? (12/3)
  • Any word from the College of Wooster? Zoom interview (12/8). Did they send out campus invites? (1/7)
  • Any word from Emerson?
    • Which position?
  • Has anyone heard anything from Reed College (regarding their VAP in Poetry & Poetics position)?