Overview

The English Department at Widener University seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English in British literature of the long 18 th century (1688-1830), particularly Romanticism. We have a strong desire for candidates with proficiencies in the relationship of British literature of the long 18 th century to transatlantic, global, and colonial contexts as well as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in teaching, be expected to pursue an active research agenda, and contribute to campus and professional service.

Since faculty in the department teach first-year writing, preparation in writing pedagogy will be an advantage. Candidates with teaching and research interests in digital humanities and/or textual scholarship are especially encouraged. Applicants should be committed to excellence in teaching and advising and to working collaboratively.

The English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences are committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. Those candidates experienced in, or who would enjoy, working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and those who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities in a given semester will include two first-year writing courses, one introductory-level survey in literary history or course in literature and writing, and one upper-division seminar in the candidate’s areas of expertise. The candidate will also be expected to periodically teach the department’s senior-level research seminar. Teaching load is 4/3 (12 semester hours/9 semester hours).

Required Qualifications:

Qualifications: Minimum requirements are a commitment to undergraduate education and clear evidence of scholarly potential. Ph.D. in English is required. ABD candidates may be considered if the Ph.D. will be completed by May 2019. The English Department is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. Those candidates experienced in, or who would enjoy, working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and those who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

To apply: Applicants must complete the online application at widener.edu/jobs. Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, one copy of a syllabus for an introductory-level literary history survey course, one copy of a syllabus for a potential upper-division course (both should include assignments), and 20-page writing sample. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent to Arts_and_Sciences@widener.edu. Please ensure that all documents are submitted as either .docx or .pdf.

Complete applications received by November 1, 2018 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener’s main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with satellite campuses in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and Wilmington Delaware. For more information about the University, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.