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Amherst College (MA) - TT Asst. Professor - Global Modernist LiteratureEdit

The Department of English invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in global modernist literature at the rank of assistant professor beginning in July 2019. We especially encourage applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: comparative modernisms; media studies; disability studies; postcolonial or decolonial approaches; race and ethnicity studies; eco-criticism; gender and sexuality studies; digital humanities; and trans-oceanic or hemispheric studies. Given Amherst's commitment to fostering an intellectually challenging and inclusive educational environment, our expectation is that the successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. With that in mind, we ask that candidates for this position, in addition to describing their scholarly growth and accomplishment, also take the application letter as an opportunity to speak briefly to teaching and the cultivation of classroom environments.

An application letter, c.v., short writing sample of no more than thirty pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/54622. Applications received by November 2, 2018, will receive full consideration; review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is a private co-educational liberal arts college of 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts and participates in the Five-College consortium with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. Learn more about the English department at http://www.amherst.edu/~english.

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Ashoka University (INDIA) - TT Open Rank English Faculty (fields incl. Translation Studies)Edit

We are looking for active scholars and committed teachers at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels, who are engaged with one or more of the following fields:

1. Translation Studies 2. Digital Humanities 3. Literary Theory 4. Medieval/Early Modern literatures 5. Poetry and Poetics 6. Dalit Studies

Applications are welcomed from people working both in and out of the Anglophone world. Candidates should ideally be conversant with a broad sweep of literatures and theories. Classes to be offered include undergraduate gateway courses as well as upper-level and graduate seminars in individual areas of expertise. An active research profile in areas compatible with those listed above, as well as teaching experience pointing to a vibrant and dialogic classroom pedagogy will be welcome.

In addition to a popular undergraduate programme, we also have a growing graduate profile with the PhD in English already underway, and the Master’s programme starting in 2019. Ashoka University is an equal opportunity employer, and will offer competitive compensation packages.

Applicants should have the PhD in hand at the time of joining Ashoka. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and three letters of reference.

For questions or more information please email jgharris@ashoka.edu.in

For full consideration all materials should be submitted at http://ashoka.edu.in/facultypositions by December 1, 2018.

MLA JIL 9/14/18

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Brown University (RI) - TT Asst. Professor - Comparative Literature and Modern Japanese or Chinese LiteratureEdit

The department of comparative literature at Brown university seeks a scholar of comparative literature and modern Japanese or Chinese literature at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track). Ph.D. must be completed by the time of employment or firmly expected. Native or near-native fluency in Japanese or Chinese, and English, is required. The field of specialization within the modern period is open. Candidates in their application should outline their current and future research in comparative literature and modern Japanese or Chinese literature, and make suggestions for courses at introductory and advanced levels. Demonstrated excellence in both scholarship and teaching is essential. Please submit complete dossier, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, sample of scholarly writing, and three letters of recommendation, online at the link above by November 15, 2018. Review of applications will begin then; however, applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Please also indicate whether you will attend the MLA in January 2019. Brown university is an AA/EEO employer.

Apply online: https://apply.interfolio.com/51679

MLA JIL 9/14/18

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California State University, Channel Islands (CA) - TT Assistant Professor in Anglophone/British and European LiteratureEdit

The English Program at CI seeks an Assistant Professor with expertise in Anglophone, British, and European literatures to teach core courses in British and European Literature and to provide the necessary foundation for majors who plan to teach high school. Applicants should show a range of expertise that might include British and/or transatlantic and postcolonial literatures, literatures from elsewhere on the European continent, and multi-lingual or translation projects. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches and community engagement in teaching and scholarship. Candidates must show evidence of commitment to undergraduate teaching and curriculum. Typical responsibilities include: consult with students on their Capstone projects; develop or revise curriculum to align with the vision of the program and the candidate's strengths; develop relationships with community colleges to align curriculum and promote articulation; and maintain a commitment to a rigorous research agenda. For more information and to apply online please visit our website at: http://www.csucifacultyjobs.com. Application review begins on September 24, 2018.

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Johns Hopkins University (MD) - TT Asst. Professor - Comparative Thought and LiteratureEdit

The Department of Comparative Thought and Literature at Johns Hopkins University searches for a tenure-track assistant professor, with an anticipated start date on July 1, 2019. We are looking to hire a promising scholar and teacher with a focus at the intersection of comparative literature, philosophy, and aesthetics in Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, or East Asia after 1750.

Qualifications: We are particularly interested in someone able to expand our comparative profile and offerings on modernisms and modernities in literature and philosophy beyond Europe and the Americas. The most suitable candidates will have training in more than one linguistic tradition and ideally engage in the comparative study of one or more traditions to European or American thought and literature. The Department is committed to conducting a broad and inclusive search for a candidate who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, research statement, and three letters of reference online via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/52542. Review of materials will begin on October 1, 2018, with a final deadline for applications on November 15, 2018.

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Oberlin College (OH) - TT Asst. Professor - Comparative Literature and Jewish StudiesEdit

The Program in Comparative Literature (CMPL) and the Program in Jewish Studies (JWST) in the College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track, faculty position in the intersecting curricular areas of Comparative Literature (.5 FTE) and Jewish Studies (.5 FTE). Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years beginning fall semester 2019, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load of 4.5 courses per year in the area of Jewish literatures. In addition to literature in Hebrew and Yiddish, this includes literary sub-traditions in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages. It is expected that most or all of the incumbent’s literature courses will be cross-listed between JWST and CMPL. This is an equal joint appointment in CMPL and JWST so the incumbent will teach core courses for these interdisciplinary programs as well as intermediate and advanced topics in their subfields. Once every two to three semesters, the incumbent will teach Introduction to Jewish Studies and Introduction to Comparative Literature, which has units in Literary Theory, World Literature, Translation, and Literature and the Other Arts.

The incumbent will also engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

The successful incumbent will have a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, in hand or expected by the first semester of academic year 2019, with a research specialty in Jewish literatures. Preference will be given for candidates whose languages include those taught at Oberlin College. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at https://jobs.oberlin.edu. A complete application will comprise: 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) An unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three recommenders. By providing Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin’s employment website to https://jobs.oberlin.edu/ *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.

Review of applications will begin on November 10, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates selected for MLA interviews will be notified in early December. Completed applications received by the November 10 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

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San José State University (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - World or Global LiteratureEdit

San José, California ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION AVAILABILITY Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: World or Global Literature. Job Opening ID (JOID): 24724. Rank: Assistant Professor.

Qualifications: Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence in World or Global Literature and an emerging record of peer-reviewed scholarship are required, along with a Ph.D. in English or related field of study by start of appointment, August, 2019. Preferred attributes include training in postcolonial or other theoretical approaches, film, digital humanities/pedagogies, and/or project-based learning. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience. Candidates with teaching experience engaging diverse students with a range of preparations for college with the written word are especially of interest.

Responsibilities: Successful applicants would teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including, but not be limited to, courses in one or more of the literatures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and/or Oceania, major courses focused on literary analysis, and General Education courses. Participation in service at department, college, and university levels, including grading of graduate exams and service on masters-level thesis committees is required. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Starting Date: August 2019. Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure: For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by November 5th at 5 PM to https://apply.interfolio.com/54078. Questions may be directed to Professor Noelle Brada-Williams via english@sjsu.edu.

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

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Texas Tech University (TX) - TT Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature (Middle Eastern / N. African Literatures)Edit

The Department of English at Texas Tech University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature, Globalization, and Translation (CLGT) whose research and teaching emphasize Middle Eastern/North African literatures. Secondary interest in digital humanities is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses on a 2/2 load, with the expectation of some online teaching.

We encourage applicants who have a record of scholarship and extramural funding or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to TTU. The candidate will provide service to the department, the college, and the university. Ph.D. in relevant discipline is required.

Review of applications will begin on October 15. Candidates must apply online at http://jobs.texastech.edu/hr, referencing requisition number and attaching a letter of application, and curriculum vitae. Dossiers will be solicited later from exceptionally qualified candidates. Direct inquiries should be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Yuan Shu (yuan.shu@ttu.edu).

TTU is designated as a Carnegie Tier One (Highest Research Activity) institution and also as an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution). As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

Applications will be accepted until November 1.

MLA JIL 09/14/18

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University of California, San Diego (CA) - TT Asst. Professor - Inter-Asian and Transpacific StudiesEdit

The Department of Literature within the Division of Arts & Humanities at the University of California, San Diego (https://literature.ucsd.edu) is committed to excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor in Inter-Asia and Transpacific Studies. The candidate must have a PhD degree in literature, film, cultural studies, or related field by the time of the appointment. More specifically, we seek a colleague whose innovative research examines two or more Asian/Pacific/American countries/territories in the modern and/or contemporary period. Preference will be given to a candidate who uses two or more languages (in addition to English) in her/his research. Another preference is a comparatist with proven interdisciplinary, crossmedia research skills.

Ideal candidates should have an excellent record of publication, teaching, and service, as well as demonstrable interest in working within a world literature department with a focus on critical theory, social justice, and cultural, ethnic, and gender studies, where faculty members work in multiple languages, geographies, and historical periods. The candidates are also expected to enhance a campus-wide cluster of excellence in Transpacific Asian Studies and collaborate with Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Transnational Korean Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, History, Sociology, and Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).

We welcome candidates with demonstrated excellence in college-level teaching. Candidates will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in literature, film, and culture. In addition to specialized seminars, the successful candidate should also be prepared to teach large enrollment courses in Asian cultures for non-majors.

Preferred candidates should contribute or demonstrate promise in contributions to advancing equity and diversity, such as leadership in teaching, mentoring, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly and artistic environment and programs that foster inclusion and access for historically underrepresented groups. Salary and level of appointment are based on qualifications and UC pay scale. Proof of authorization to work in the U. S. will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1985).

Closing Date: October 31, 2018

Literature (JPF01854)

Applicants are asked to submit applications using UCSD’s online Recruit web page: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01854.

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University of Miami (FL) - TT Assistant or Associate Professor of 20th/21st-century Comparative Cultural StudiesEdit

The University of Miami Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant or Associate Professor of 20th /21st -century Comparative Cultural Studies. Primary areas of research interest include Cultural Studies; Comparative Literature; Visual Cultures; Film and Media Studies. Secondary areas of research interest that are desirable include comparative avant-gardes; architecture studies; migration and diaspora studies; postcolonial studies; urbanization; museum studies; comparative aesthetics; cultural policy; gender and sexuality studies; or comparative decolonial studies.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a related field and demonstrate the ability to conduct research and teach across two linguistic/cultural traditions. They will be expected to contribute actively to our Spanish program and to another program in our Department, preferably French. The successful candidate will have an active research agenda, teach and advise students in our Ph.D. program in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies, contribute to curricular development and extracurricular activities, and have the ability to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in a vibrant, interdisciplinary, multi-lingual community of scholars.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to candidates whose materials are received by November 16, 2018.

Selected candidates will be asked to send additional materials and will be interviewed via Skype the week of December 10. Please submit all application materials (i.e., letter of application, CV, transcripts, three letters of recommendation) via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/53075

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Search Committee Chair at ymm34@miami.edu. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law.

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VISITING POSITIONS / Limited-Term AppointmentsEdit

Pennsylvania State University (PA) - Lecturer/Assistant Teaching Professor in Comparative Literature (3 yr. appt. - renewable)Edit

The Department of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a three-year, full-time non-tenure-track position in Comparative Literature, to begin in August 2019 with excellent possibility of renewal. Appointment will be as Assistant Teaching Professor or as Lecturer according to qualifications. Responsibilities include teaching three undergraduate literature courses per semester (to include world mythology, along with other courses such as drama, cultural studies, and/or global media as need arises) and supporting duties on behalf of the department. Requirements include a Master's degree or equivalent in Comparative Literature or a related field, and relevant teaching experience. Preferred qualifications include ABD status or a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or a related field, fluency in a language in addition to English, experience with curriculum development, and experience with online teaching and online course development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and includes benefits. To apply, submit the following materials via the Penn State jobs website: a cover letter explaining candidate's preparation and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references who can address the candidate's teaching. Review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. For more information on the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State, see: http://complit.la.psu.edu/

Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/83045

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University of Texas at Austin (TX) - Postdoctoral Fellow - Quantitative Criticism LabEdit

The postdoctoral fellow will work with the Quantitative Criticism Lab (QCL, http://www.qcrit.org) on a project funded by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to develop computational tools for the cross-cultural analysis of literature.

Essential Functions: Work with the Quantitative Criticism Lab, a research group developing cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of literature and culture, to produce a web-based suite of tools for traditionally-trained humanists to analyze literary texts in a quantitative manner. The tools are expected both to enhance traditional modes of literary criticism and to enable novel quantitative analyses of the cultural evolution of literature. Work primarily involves software development and machine learning. Design research, analyze data, and produce writing for diverse scholarly venues. Under the supervision of Pramit Chaudhuri (UT Austin) and Joseph Dexter (Dartmouth College), the co-directors of QCL, collaborate with a diverse array of scholars, in both academia and industry, affiliated with QCL. Play a major role in mentoring the numerous graduate, undergraduate, and high school students who conduct research with QCL. Participate in organization of workshops and conferences; work towards the data management and sustainability goals for the project.

Required qualifications: A Ph.D. in a computational, statistical, linguistic, or literary field is required. Possible disciplines include (but are not limited to) anthropology, applied mathematics, bioinformatics, classics, comparative literature, computer science, English, evolutionary biology, linguistics, and statistics. Expertise in computer programming and statistical analysis is essential, as is a deep interest in the study of literature. By the start date of the position, applicants should either have the Ph.D. in hand or be able to provide certification from their home institution that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. They must have received the Ph.D. within the last three years.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience with any of the following areas: computational linguistics, cultural evolution, digital humanities, literary criticism of a premodern or non-Anglophone tradition, machine learning, and natural language processing. Residence in Austin, the site of QCL's physical lab space, during the fellowship period.

Expected position duration: January 2, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

  • Apply through UT Jobs portal by 10/15/18. In addition to CV and letter of interest, email a 2-4 page summary of past and current research interests, particularly any computational work, a writing sample (e.g., article or dissertation chapter; maximum 40 pp.) and three letters of recommendation to vnoya@austin.utexas.edu by 10/15/18.

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Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2018-2019Edit