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Last year's page: Irish 2014

See also: Modern British 2015 and English Literature 2014-2015

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions - PRE-MLA DeadlinesEdit

Harvard University (MA) - Tenured Professor in Celtic Languages and LiteraturesEdit

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, proposes to appoint a Professor (with tenure) in Celtic Languages and Literatures, effective July 1, 2016. Candidates should be broadly qualified in Celtic studies, with particular competence in Old and Middle Irish and medieval Irish literature and culture. Candidates are required to have a doctorate, as well as a strong record of research, publication and teaching.

The appointee will teach and advise students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will be expected to develop innovative courses at both levels. The appointee will also undertake administrative responsibilities in the department and be expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Division, the University and the wider scholarly community.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants should submit the following materials online through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu): letter of application, including statements of their research interests and plans and of their teaching experience and philosophy, together with a detailed curriculum vitae.

Contact info:

Professor Catherine McKenna, Chair

Search Committee

Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

cmckenna@fas.harvard.edu

Candidates should apply online by November 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Chronicle

Deadline: Nov. 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.):

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

Also posted at Medieval 2015

Harvard University (MA) - TT Assistant Professor in Celtic Languages and LiteraturesEdit

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, proposes to appoint an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Celtic Languages and Literatures, effective July 1, 2015. Candidates must have excellent reading, writing and speaking knowledge of Scottish Gaelic and Modern Irish, and expertise in both Scottish Gaelic and Irish literatures. We are open to applicants specializing in any period who have a strong research interest in the cultures of the Gaelic world. Promise of excellence in both research and teaching is required as well as a doctorate degree by the time the appointment begins.

The tenure-track appointee will teach and advise students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will be expected to develop innovative courses at both levels. The appointee will also undertake administrative responsibilities in the department and be expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Division, the University and the wider scholarly community.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants should submit the following materials online through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu): letter of application, including statements of their research interests and plans and of their teaching experience and philosophy, a detailed curriculum vitae, along with the names and contact information for 3-5 referees.

Contact info:

Professor Catherine McKenna, Chair

Search Committee

Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures

cmckenna@fas.harvard.edu

Candidates should apply online by November 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Chronicle

Deadline: Nov. 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.):

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

Also posted at Medieval 2015

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY) - TT Assistant Professor, Comparative Modernisms - MLA INTERVIEWS HELDEdit

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure track, in Comparative Modernisms, with a core specialization in British and Irish Literature. We encourage applications that show a strong theoretical orientation in literary, cultural, political, global, and/or postcolonial perspectives.

The teaching load is five courses a year, one of which will typically be an introductory-level course for the major. The Colleges have a generous leave and sabbatical policy to support scholarly research.

We seek applicants with broad competencies that will allow them to work with colleagues from other departments in our general curriculum and to teach or cross-list courses with our interdisciplinary programs (see catalogue; these include, for example, Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, European Studies, Environmental Studies, Media and Society). PhD should be in hand or completed by July 2015.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Application deadline is October 15, 2014.

Applications should include a cover letter, C.V., graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Additional materials may be requested at a later stage. The department will conduct in-person interviews at the 2015 MLA Conference.

Comparative Modernist Search, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456. EOE

Job Announcement

Deadline: Oct. 15

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: Request for writing sample (11/27)

Rejection Letter (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype ...):

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Saint Joseph’s University (PA) - TT Assistant Professor of English, Contemporary British and Irish Literature - ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUESTEDEdit

Pending budgetary approval, the Department of English at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA invites applications for a newly authorized tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Contemporary British and Irish literature. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in specialty and introductory composition and literature courses. There may also be occasional opportunities to teach in our graduate writing program and in our evening program. Course load is 3/3. For further information about the department, please visit our website at http://www.sju.edu/int/academics/cas/english/index.html.

Applicants should demonstrate dedication to teaching as well as commitment to scholarship. Ph.D. should be completed by August 2015. In order to be considered for the position, all candidates must apply online. Beginning December 8, please log on to the Saint Joseph’s University Human Resource website using the following link: https://jobs.sju.edu. Click on Tenure-Track Faculty and follow the instructions. Applications must include (1) a curriculum vitae, which should provide the names of 3 references with complete contact information (e.g., address, phone, and email) and (2) a letter outlining scholarly achievements in specialty (including dissertation), other research interests and plans, and teaching experience and philosophy. Please do not send hard copies of documents. Dossiers and writing samples will be requested after initial screening. Applications submitted after January 6, 2015 will not be considered. The search chair is Dr. Richard Haslam, Department of English (rhaslam@sju.edu). Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype, followed by campus interviews for finalists. Chronicle

Deadline: Jan. 6

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

  • [Additional Materials Requested, according to Modern British 2015: "(writing sample, syllabi, letters of reference)"]

Rejection Letter (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype ...):

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA) - TT Asst. Professor of English, Modern and Contemporary Irish Studies - SKYPE INTERVIEWS SCHEDULEDEdit

The Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position in Modern and Contemporary Irish Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin September 1, 2015. The successful candidate will teach surveys and seminars on a wide range of topics in Irish literature, history, and culture. Expertise in colonial, postcolonial and diaspora studies, settler colonial studies, 20th and 21st-century Irish Anglophone literature, comparative and transnational poetics, economics and literature, gender, and drama and performance studies especially encouraged. Qualifications: Ph.D. in English, excellent scholarly promise, evidence of excellent teaching, and commitment to service. Salary commensurate with qualifications. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

To apply submit the following materials: a cover letter, vita, a 25-page sample of written work (as PDF), and the names and email contact information for three references to the link below.

URL: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=53073

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of November 3, in order to ensure consideration.

Chronicle

Deadline: Nov. 3

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype ...):

  • From Modern British 2015: "Say it ain't so folks, but a friend I ran into at the MLA has a Skype interview for this job. I do not know when the interview was scheduled, alas. (1/14)"

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of New Mexico (NM) - TT Assistant Professor 20th c. Irish Literature and Culture - OFFER ACCEPTEDEdit

The Department of English at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision at the Assistant Professor level in twentieth-century Irish literature and culture, to begin August 2015. Candidates with expertise in teaching global and world literatures and/or mythology are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active record of publication and to teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses. The teaching load is 2/2 for tenure-track faculty with a significant research agenda.

Minimum Qualifications: 1) PhD in English earned by August 1, 2015; 2) specialization in 20th century Irish Literary Studies; 3) evidence of scholarly promise/achievement; and 4) record of successful college-level teaching.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a significant record of publications, teaching excellence on the undergraduate and graduate level, demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively with faculty and students in interdisciplinary programs, as well as secondary expertise and ability to teach English 292/293 (World Literature or Mythology), and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Posting Date: 10/02/2014

For Best Consideration: 11/15/2014

A complete application consists of: Three letters of recommendation sent directly by your references through the U.S. mail to UNM English Department, Attn: Dr. C. Woodward, MSC03 2170, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001; Attach the following in the UNMjobs application website: cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and an unofficial graduate transcript under "Other"

Link to Apply: http://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=79895

HigherEdJobs.com

Deadline: Nov. 15

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype ...): MLA interview scheduled, 12/2 (x2)

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled: Campus visits scheduled in mid-January

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made: Offer made, 3/3; Offer Accepted

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Also posted at Modern British 2015 and Anglophone 2015
  • Does anyone know anything about this position? I found this committee's demeanor to be so bizarre at MLA that I was wondering if this is an inside hire or something.
  • Just curious, what was so bizarre about their demeanor? I found them to be pretty much the same as other committees (and as myself when I was on a committee). Maybe the fact that they had that set list of HR questions was a bit stressful? Also, why would you think it might be an inside hire? I don't know much about inside hires, but I'd assume that the department would have a 20th C Irish Lit person on their faculty roster as a VAP if it was something inside, no? (1/15) 
  • I don't think I'd say their demeanor was "bizarre," but I get what you mean. I just read it as travel fatigue. I'd say they were all low affect, but not uninterested or checked out (as I encountered in an interview when there clearly WAS an inside VAP who ended up getting the job). 
  • (original poster here) Yes, I think you described it better than I did. They were all so low-key/tired but weirdly committed to (defeated by? maybe that is the way to say it?) the scripted questions that it came across a bit strange. Plus, some of them had phones or laptops out the whole time, and I could not tell if my materials were on there or they were just doing something else. I left feeling like it wasn't quite rude, but I am really glad I didn't go all the way to Vancouver just for that. 
  • Well, it is odd that my friend with a well-received book on 20th-century Irish literature couldn't land an interview with them, so something peculiar is afoot here....
  • Yes, "defeated by" is the perfect way to say it. I felt like I could have burst into song and no one would have looked up. Good luck to all in these stressful days...
  • That was exactly how it seemed. Strange. Usually in situations like this, I would get paranoid and wonder what I did wrong, but I left this interview pretty sure it wasn't me (and I could not wait to get out of there). Good luck to you, too! May the market gods be on your side!
  • Another oddity of this search: a relatively late deadline and very fast turnaround for producing the MLA list, which (according to the suggestion above) excluded some strong people. 
  • Any word on campus visits?
  • (1/26) None here. 
  • Is anyone else wondering, three weeks later, if there will be no updates on this search? Has anyone contacted them?
  • I've been wondering the same. I suspect, though, that they've already invited one or two to campus but aren't allowed to give updates to other interviewees until the search is over. Just a hunch.
  • I'm guessing the funding got cut here (apparently, places are just no longer putting that "pending on funding" line on the ads anymore). Someone would have reported something by now. 
  • I have been wondering the same. In fact, I left MLA wondering if they found out funding was cut while they were there. They weren't acting like 4 people who were actually hiring someone. Or if they were, then they may need a refresher course on professionalism. 

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