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Demographics and interview statistics on the Renaissance 2011 Talk Page.

Everyone: stop posting updates from your campus IP addresses. Or just create a log-in name.

General note about rejection letters/emails: many departments will not send out formal rejections until after the search is completely over and the hired person has signed a contract. Yes, frustrating, I agree, but SOP on many campuses.

New Page for Positions that Start in Fall 2012 or later: Renaissance 2012

Renaissance/Early Modern Jobs 2011Edit

Adelphi U. (NY)Edit

MLA JIL- 10/1

Subfield/description: - The Department of English is seeking applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position with an area of expertise in Shakespeare/renaissance literature to teach undergraduate and graduate surveys, seminars, and composition. Ph.D. completion by August, 2011 required.

LINK

Deadline: November 10

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: 11/18 (email) x6 FYI: I have a standard academic email account, and this request landed in my spambox, so please check your spam/virus inbox. (Note 2: I have a gmail account and it came to my inbox.)

Rejection Letter: via email, 3/15

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interview requested 12/14 by email

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes (according to Talk page)

Congrats to the candidate!

NOTES AND QUERIES:

On Adelphi U. jobs website, deadline stated as 11/19.

  • Update (11/13): the MLA JIL deadline, which was November 10, seems to have been the correct one, as the posting on the Adelphi jobs website is no longer available. They do not appear to be accepting further applications.

Angelo State U. (TX)Edit

Link

Subfield/description: "Late British Renaissance - Non-Dramatic."

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: Request for interview times to be scheduled week of 12/6.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Just FYI, I have it on very good authority that there is a strong inside candidate for this one.

Didn't they run a similar search a few years ago? Or maybe it was 18th century...

Yes, they did. I was interviewed for it at MLA - it was the only truly negative MLA interview experience I've ever had. Good luck to those applying, and hope that you fare better.

Q: If the interview requests were to go out last week, and I haven't heard anything, can I assume I've not been selected to interview?

A: Hard to say. I assume someone from the SC posted the information above about scheduling interviews. They may have asked interview candidates not to post further updates to this job wiki, which is why no other info has been posted. Or they may have had a hard time deciding on the interview list. Perhaps that poster will be kind enough to step back in at some point with another update.

A: A friend had a campus visit scheduled with the school back in January, but the search has since been cancelled.

Arizona State UniversityEdit

Assistant Professor in Renaissance Literature. Required: Ph.D. in English or a related field by the time of appointment; demonstrated college level teaching experience appropriate to rank; demonstrated evidence of the potential to teach Renaissance courses; and a compelling promise of ongoing, high-quality research and publication in any area of Renaissance/early modern studies. Desired: Specialization in 16th-century literature and/or non-dramatic literature. Teaching load is 2/2 for tenure-track faculty with a significant research agenda.

LINK

Deadline: Postmarked by November 1, 2010, if not filled, then every Monday thereafter until the search is closed.

Acknowledgment received: 11/3 by email

Request for Additional Materials:11/13, by email (x7); 11/14 by email

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: 11/22 (x5)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

FYI: The application website for this one (through AcademicJobsOnline.com) is trouble. Finnicky and unintuitive, it's even hard to tell when you've officially completed your application of when the program has just kicked you onto the wrong screen again. I even switched browsers a few times and it didn't get better. And definitely don't expect to go back and edit information. All around: be careful.

That's a very useful warning, a collegial (and appreciated) use of the wiki. Thank you!.

Strange -- I had no trouble at all. But yes, the site is hard to navigate. To edit, log into AcademicJobsOnline, then go to Portfolio. From there you can edit your cover sheet and re-upload documents. Another pathway would be to log in, go back to the job listing, and click on "Applied." This will let you re-upload documents. Click on "Apply." That takes you to their "Thank you" page, on which they give you directions/options to go back and edit your cover sheet.

Q: Any word on this one since the phone interview?

A: I haven't heard anything from the committee yet. I think they are going to get back to people late this month or the beginning of January.

Q2: Still no word, anyone?

A1: Still no word. I am guessing that we won't until after MLA, since I am sure some of the committee members will be going there.

A2: I just spoke with someone very close to the search, and the search has been frozen for the foreseeable future.

Q3: This sounds very odd to me, given the status of their department. Can you provide more details?

Q4: Have all ASU searches been frozen? There were several occuring simultaneously. I was interviewed in a different field and have been hunting the Job Wiki for any available information.

A3: I have it on good authority that some but not all of this department's searches were frozen.

A4: I can also confirm that at least this job search was frozen. For how long, I am not sure. In my limited experience on the academic job market, I have not heard of a job becoming unfrozen during the same year.

A5: Got the official email from search chair that the university has decided to defer the search until the fall.

Q: Had you been interviewed by them?

Yes, why?

Aurora University (deadline Jan. 3)Edit

ENGLISH - Tenure Track Assistant Professor of English. Teach undergraduate composition and interdisciplinary general education courses, as well as have expertise in one or more of the following areas: linguistics, literacy, advanced composition, early British, or early American literature.

Deadline: Jan. 3

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

  • It looks like some phone interviews have been scheduled (on the generalist page, 1/27). Not sure which of the two positions they are for.

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Also posted at Generalist 2011

Ball State UniversityEdit

From MLA JIL April 1:

Asst. Professor/Renaissance Literature [14714] Tenure-track faculty position available August 19, 2011. Responsibilities: teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in Renaissance and Medieval literature, including Shakespeare; teaching a wide range of courses in English. Minimum qualifications: earned doctorate in English or related discipline by August 19, 2011, with specialization in Renaissance Literature; record of effective teaching at the college level; record of quality publications and/or presentations in the primary area of specialization. Preferred qualifications: demonstrated expertise and experience in one or more of the following—drama and/or performance studies, transatlantic studies, queer theory or some other specialization in critical/literary theory, digital humanities.

Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract or prospectus, copy of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to engsearch@bsu.edu. May send via mail to: Literature Search Committee, Department of English, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. (Fax: 765-285-3765) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (www.bsu.edu)

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: yes, week of May 6 (see below); video interview May 5

Campus interview scheduled: June 1 (contacted by phone 5/16)

Offer made: June 14 (by phone and email)

Offer accepted: June 22

  • Congrats!

NOTES AND QUERIES:

5/4 Has anyone heard anything on this one? (x3)

From a reliable source: phone interview this week. (posted May 6)

The committee's running a simultaneous Early American search and said they estimated doing campus invites within 2 weeks of the phone/video interviews.

Brown UniversityEdit

LINK

"full professor of English with tenure in all fields of literature in English before 1700."

Deadline: Nov. 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: Requests were made the week of Nov 15, by email

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA interviews were scheduled the week of Dec 13, by email

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made: Has been made (to a well-known medievalist)

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011
  • Does anyone know what Brown is looking for? I am an assoc. prof (about to come up for full), early modernist who specializes in non-dramatic lit (16th and 17th) and not sure if I should bother.

Canisius College (NY)Edit

Tenure-track assistant professor in Early Modern English literature. Field of expertise open within the period of 1500-1660. Ph. D. required (by August 2011). Teaching will include Shakespeare, upper-level courses in area of specialization, a survey of early British literature, and two courses in a first-year writing sequence. We welcome candidates with interest in our humanistic core curriculum which explores issues of diversity, ethics, global awareness, and social justice."

LINK

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Acknowledgment received: 10/13, 10/19, 10/22(x2), 10/26, 11/3 (x3)

Request for additional materials: 11/16 (email) x3

Rejection (no interview): snail mail 1/31, 2/1

MLA or phone interview scheduled: MLA, 11/12 (email) (X2)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 1/14 (email)

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made: any word on an offer being made here? thanks (3/1) -- Offer made end of Feb.

Offer accepted: Yes

[Congrats to whomever got this one. I live in Buffalo and it is a great place to live, and Canisius always seemed like a wonderful place to work.]

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Carroll University (WI)Edit

Full-time tenure-track position in English with specialization in Early Modern/Renaissance British Literature. The teaching load is 12 credits per semester (typically, three four-credit courses) and includes two sections of freshman composition per year. Other teaching responsibilities include the following: an early British Literature survey (Anglo Saxon to 1780), upper-level courses on Shakespeare and/or Chaucer, and introductory literature courses for Carroll University's newly designed General Education program. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until February 1st 2011. Please submit as attachments to an email with the subject line "Assistant Professor in English/EarlyModern" in a Word or PDF format 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) writing sample, 4) statement of teaching philosophy and 5) letters of recommendation to facapp@carrollu.edu. Final applicants will be asked to submit graduate transcripts.

Link

Deadline: February 1, 2011

Acknowledgment received: email 12/21

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled: 2/18

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: 3/15 (heard second-hand)

- Also heard from a (highly reliable source) that campus interviews were completed and that an offer was extended and accepted. It seems that the search is officially over.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Q: I understand I can't be the only interviewee. Has anyone heard _anything_ back? I was told 2-3 days between phone interviews and campus invites; but I've heard nothing either way after two weeks, even after trying to touch base 7 days later. Maybe they're not doing rejections?

Case Western Reserve UniversityEdit

LINK

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a lecturer position in early modern studies starting August 2011. Requirements: Ph.D. by August 2011; teaching experience. Teaching load is 2/2. Appointment is for one year.

Electronic applications preferred (consisting of a letter of application and a CV) to Mary Grimm, Chair, at englishemlectsearch@case.edu or CWRU, English Dept., Cleveland OH 44106, by March 31, 2011.

Deadline: March 31, 2011

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials: 28 March (writing samples, letters of rec) (x2)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Q.: Does anyone know the back-story on this position? Did Case lose an early modernist . . . or is this just a one-year leave replacement?

Q2: Any news on this one after the writing sample requests? (x2)

A: Just got an email that the department had to cancel its search (5/19)

Central Michigan UniversityEdit

LINK

"The Department of English Language and Literature is seeking a generalist in literature and composition, with specific interest and experience in early periods of British and World literature, classical through Romanticism, to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position." Secondary area of interest in women's literature and culture and feminist critical approaches desired.

Deadline: Open until filled

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: Note from British Open page: "A colleague has already completed her phone interview (11/12). This may be a pre-MLA search."

Campus interview scheduled: From British Open: " A candidate is scheduled to visit the campus this morning according to one of my comp colleagues at Central (12/2)."

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Charleston Southern University Edit

Charleston Southern University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of English. Qualifications: A Ph.D. in English with evidence of excellence in teaching and potential for scholarly activity; we are seeking an English Renaissance/Early Modern specialist with an ability to teach as a generalist in other British literature and composition courses. Charleston Southern seeks candidates for faculty positions who are professing Christians and who are committed to excellence in teaching and service. They should support the goals of a strong liberal arts education and be willing to explore with students the integration of faith and learning.

Responsibilities: Teaching assignments may include freshman composition and sophomore literature courses as well as upper-level courses; additionally, faculty are called upon to participate in academic advising, serve on committees, and fulfill other obligations. Application Process: Candidates must complete the online application http://www.csuniv.edu/HR/jobs_faculty.asp. Follow the application's directions for attaching requested supporting materials. Also, attach a letter of interest addressing qualifications and compatibility with the University's mission.

University HR post

Ad in Chronicle

Deadline: not specified (ad posted 12/8)

Acknowledgment received: 1/19 contacted to fill out another version of faculty application (x2)

Request for Additional Materials: 1/19 -- full dossier containing letters and writing sample

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Emory & Henry College (VAP, Shakespeare)Edit

From MLA JIL (3/4/11):

One-year appt, non-tenure-track, to begin fall 2011. ABD acceptable; Ph.D. preferred; teaching experience a plus. Rank commensurate with degree. 7-course load. Candidate will teach first-year composition, 200-level British literature survey (to c. 1750), 300-level Shakespeare, one general education course. Please send letter of application, CV, copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, teaching evaluations (if available), and three confidential letters of recommendation to Dean Chris Qualls, PO Box 947, Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA 24327. Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2011. Emailed applications and materials will not be accepted. Emory & Henry is a four-year, Methodist-affiliated, liberal arts college of 1000 students located in southwest Virginia. EOE.

Deadline: April 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Offer made and accepted mid-April (heard from an extremely reliable source)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Felician CollegeEdit

LINK

Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, seeks to fill an Assistant Professor position in the Department of English for Fall 2011. The applicant must have earned a Ph.D. degree (by Fall 2011). Candidates should have the demonstrated ability to teach, in addition to their speciality, a broad range of literature and composition courses and the willingness to teach off-campus cohorts. The candidate should have facility in Renaissance literature. An additional interest in 18th century literature is desirable. Candidates must be supportive of the ideals of Catholic higher education within the Franciscan tradition.

Applicants for this position should send a letter of application, transcripts, CV, and three letters of recommendation by May 1 to: Postal Address: Dr. Edward Kubersky, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Felician College, 262 South Main Street, Lodi, NJ 07644, Online App. Form: http://www.felician.edu

Deadline: May 1

DEAR FELICIAN COLLEGE, APPLICATIONS COST MONEY, AND WE ARE ALREADY POOR. WE SENT YOU OUR APPLICATIONS, AND YOU SEEM TO HAVE DISREGARDED US. WHAT GIVES? SHOW SOME RESPONSIBILITY, PLEASE. (6/10) x2 (7/6) Has anyone heard anything on this post? It is very late to make a hire for September.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

anyone even receive confirmation of receipt for this job? (x3)

Folger Shakespeare LibraryEdit

LINK

"The Folger Shakespeare Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Director . . . The Board seeks an individual with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in professional activities that relate strongly to the Folger’s collections and programs, as well as successful management experience in a complex academic, cultural, or non-profit organization. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent with an educational specialization or career background relevant to the collections, scholarly activities, and other programs of the Folger."

Offer accepted: Offer has been accepted.

Official Announcement of New Director from the Folger: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/folger-shakespeare-library-names-new-director/2011/04/26/AFIlAGtE_story.html

Fordham University (VAP)Edit

The English Department at Fordham University is looking for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Modern/Renaissance Literature, able to teach both dramatic and non-dramatic literature, for a one-year non-renewable appointment at our Bronx/Rose Hill campus. The appointment carries a 3/3 teaching load and comes with full benefits. Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D. in hand by the end of July 2011. Fordham is an independent, Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds. Fordham is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Please send letter, C.V., writing sample and dossier by June 7th, to Dr. Eva Badowska, Chair, English Department, at badowska@fordham.edu and cc: Ms. Ayla Syed, asyed@fordham.edu

link

Deadline: June 7

Acknowledgment received: (x1)

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: "the position has been filled." (6/28 rejection email from the Early Modern Search Committee)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Franklin & Marshall College (VAP)Edit

The Department of English at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a one-year position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2011. We are looking for an English Renaissance specialist. We welcome secondary teaching interests in any other literatures written in English. A commitment to undergraduate teaching, evidence of scholarly activity, and a PhD required. Teaching load is 3/2 and will include no composition. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (15 pages maximum), and, if possible, teaching evaluations to: Patrick S. Bernard, Chair, English Department, Franklin & Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.

LINK

Deadline: March 4, 2011.

Acknowledgment received: snail mail - 2/21, 3/19 (x2), 3/22

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: "The position has been filled and is now closed" (as per email inquiry 4/19)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Georgetown UniversityEdit

LINK

"Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture: Tenure-track assistant professor, PhD in hand by August 2011."

Deadline: 5 November

Acknowledgment received: 10/12 (x2), 11/1, 11/2 (x4), 11/5, 11/9

Request for additional materials: 11/24 (x9), 11/29

Rejection (no interview): 12/24 by email (x2) Did anyone else receive a dossier request, did not receive an interview request, yet also did not receive a rejection? A: Yes, I am in this boat and am not exactly sure what it means. (x3) A: Received email stating that while I am not proceeding to MLA, my application is still active until the search officially closes. 1/5

A: This is utter speculation, but they're doing a couple of searches this year, so it's possible they're only interviewing a small slate of candidates at MLA (I've known of departments that have just one search committee handling multiple searches, and thus can only schedule 5-8 interviews for each search). If that's the case, they might wish to keep some candidates in reserve.

A in response to speculation above: Georgetown is a high-profile R1 in early modern studies so it is most likely that (a) they have completely separate search committees for each search, (b) they are interviewing at least 10 candidates for each position at MLA, (c) they will probably hire one of their very top candidates, especially given their location near the Folger. See note at the top of this page about the timeline for sending out rejection letters.

MLA or phone interview scheduled: 12/21 (MLA)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: Short list has been finalized, 1/14

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made: I've been told by an extremely authoritative source that an offer was made. The candidate has not yet accepted and is in discussions with the school where the candidate currently teaches (3/3).

The person referenced above decided to stay at their present school (reported to me 3/31) and so, I wonder, has another offer been made?

Offer accepted: It looks to me (from their fall 2011 course offerings) like a hire has been made. (5/6)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Oddly, I just received an EEO self-identification request today (12/10)

Yeah, me too. I assume because they are handled by human resources, not the search committee.

Q: Anyone gotten requests for MLA interviews or official rejections?

A: In the dossier request email they said they would be contacting by 12/20: apparently they lied (12/21). Well, they said "we *hope* to notify you by 12/20."

Q: Was the person who received an MLA interview invitation contacted by phone or email?

Georgia Gwinnett CollegeEdit

link

"In anticipation of increases in enrollment for the 2011-2012 academic year, GGC invites applicants for faculty positions in English (Early Modern Literature), starting August 1, 2011."

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled: 1/15, 1/20

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Although there is brief mention of an early modern position in the Chronicle ad (link), the job cannot be found on the college's "jobs" page (https://jobs.ggc.edu/) yet (9/27).
  • The listing is now posted on their website.
  • Search posting # 0000409 to find the description
  • Ad for Early Modern also now posted at Inside Higher Ed
  • Note: "In accordance with Board of Regents Policy governing GGC faculty, successful applicants will be eligible to receive 5 or 3 year renewable appointments. Traditional one year appointments may also be approved."
  • Has anyone heard from them at all? Is this search still on? A: I hear from a friend who has a friend in this department that they are not going to start looking at the materials until Jan.

Georgia SW State UniversityEdit

From MLA JIL (12/17):

Assistant Professor of English--Generalist [14204]

This is a tenure-track position to begin August 2011, in our Department of English and Modern Languages, a division of the College of Arts and Sciences. Position requires a person with a broad base of training in literature and writing; preference will be given to candidates with expertise in 20c British Literature, Renaissance literature. Duties will include a 4/4 teaching load of primarily introductory and upper division composition/literature courses. PhD required at time of appointment. The successful candidate will demonstrate an appreciation of the department's undergraduate teaching mission and a commitment to service and scholarship. Apply online https://gsw.peopleadmin.com

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Gordon CollegeEdit

Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of English

Description: British Literature Generalist with expertise in Medieval through 17th-Century British Literature

LINK

Deadline: open until filled

Acknowledgment received: 10/29

Request for additional materials: 12/1 email, 12/10 email (x2)

Rejection (no interview): 12/1 e mail

MLA interview scheduled:12/14 (email) (x2)

Rejection (after MLA interview):

Campus interview scheduled: Friend received call to schedule week of 2/7-2/11

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Yes (heard 3/24)

NOTES:

  • Two-page statement of Christian commitment required
  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011, Generalist 2011 & British Open 2011
  • As a warning, I interviewed with them at MLA for a generalist position last year. The interview went on for over 90 minutes. Fortunately, I didn't have anything else scheduled that day, but I just wanted to warn others, just in case, so that they don't get into a scheduling bind.
Q: What (beyond the ordinary stuff) did they find to ask you about during that time?

Harvard University, Lecturer (non-dramatic English Renaissance literature, 1550-1700)Edit

The Department of English at Harvard University invites applications for one-year, full-time appointment, to begin July 1, 2011 at the level of Lecturer. The appointee will teach four courses and advise students at the undergraduate level. Specific teaching of non-dramatic English Renaissance literature, 1550-1700 is expected. A strong doctoral record is required. All requirements for Ph.D. must be completed by beginning of appointment. Candidates should demonstrate a promise of excellence in teaching. Applications, to include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, article-length writing sample, and the names of three references, should be sent "Lecturer Search Committee," c/o James Simpson, Chair, Department of English, Harvard University, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138. The post deadline for applications is April 15, 2011. Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Chronicle

Deadline: April 15

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials: 4/7 letters of recommendation (x3) 4/14 lor (x2)

Rejection (no interview): 5/10 (x2); 5/14, by regular mail

Phone or Skype interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Were the two rejections sent via email or post? (Email x1)

Harvard UniversityEdit

MLA JIL: Assistant Professor in Renaissance and Early Modern British literature (1500-1700)

"A strong doctoral record is required and a convincing record of publication and teaching is desirable. Finalists will be expected to submit in December the entire dissertation or as much of it as is completed (or, alternatively, a book-length publication). The successful candidate will teach four courses per year at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Send cover letter, CV, 1-2 page abstract of dissertation, dossier, and article-length writing sample (25-¬30 pages, excluding footnotes), all postmarked no later than October 29, 2010, to "Early Modern Junior Search Committee," c/o James Simpson, Chair, Department of English, Harvard University, Barker Center ¬ 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138. Late applications will not be considered. Complete applications will be acknowledged by postcard once all materials have been received. Harvard is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged"

Acknowledgment received: Complete application: via postcard (11/20)

Request for additional materials: via email (11/17) x4

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: (emailed 12/9, scheduled for 1/7) x2

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 1/11 via email

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

  • heard through the grapevine that an offer has been made here (2/19).

Offer accepted: offer accepted 3/1.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Anyone know exactly what they're looking for in the dossier here?

When they ran this search two years ago I sent a cover letter, cv, abstract, writing sample and 4-5 letters of recommendation (the rec's are what they mean by "dossier"). I received a request for more materials which included the entire diss/book, syllabi and another writing sample.

Did this search just get cancelled? I don't see this job post anymore on the JIL.

  • The ad on JIL was set to expire today: "Expires from JIL database 29 Oct 2010" -- you can still see it if you search "expired listings".
  • Sorry. Rookie mistake on my part.

Hebrew University of JerusalemEdit

MLA JIL: assistant/assoc./full professor of English
"The Department of English at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is hiring for a tenure-track appointment, any rank. Specialists in pre-1800 British literature are especially encouraged to apply. Send cover letter, confirmation of degree, c.v. with list of publications, 2-3 page statement of research and teaching plans, teaching evaluations where available, plus 2 publications, in ten unstapled copies plus CD version to Professor Israel Bartal, Dean of Humanities, The Hebrew University 91905 Jerusalem, Israel. Letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to the Dean by two referees. Information concerning the format of application plus other details is available on site: http://www.hum.huji.ac.il/new.php?cat=3223"

Deadline: October 3rd.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011
  • Note: "The language of instruction is Hebrew."

Henderson State UniversityEdit

MLA JIL April 1:

Assistant Professor of English [14692]

Tenure track appointment begins August 2011. Teaching load is 12 hrs per semester; scholarly activity, service, and advising are expected. Ph.D in hand with preference given to successful college teaching experience. Generalist wanted, with specialization in Renaissance and/or 18th Century. Ability to teach any of the following is a plus: elementary Spanish, German or French. Send complete CV, transcripts, current recommendation letters; teaching philosophy and evidence of experience to: Dr. Wayne McGinnis, mcginnw@hsu.edu. Electronic submission in a single .pdf file is encouraged but hard copies also accepted at HSU Box 7612, Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001. For addt’l. information visit http://www.hsu.edu/employment

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Cross-posted at Restoration/18th-Century 2011

Hood CollegeEdit

LINK

Hood College Department of English invites applications for a full time, tenure-track assistant professor of English beginning fall, 2011. As a small department of six faculty members, we seek a generalist in British literature whose graduate work demonstrates an expertise in literature before the nineteenth century. This person should be eager to teach the first half of the British survey, introductory composition, and courses from the following: medieval, eighteenth-century, or non-western literature. We also seek someone enthusiastic about adding to our "genre" and "author" courses. Comparative perspectives are most welcome

Deadline: Nov. 1

Acknowledgment received: 10/20, 11/12 (by email; will be in touch again Nov. 23 if they want dossier) x 3

Request for additional materials: [on Medievalist page] 11/22 (x10)

Rejection (no interview):

MLA interview scheduled: Medieval 2011 lists at least 3 MLA interviews scheduled on 12/20.

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

  • Medieval 2011 lists 2 campus interviews scheduled by email on 1/17.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes (according to March 16 rejection email)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at British Open 2011, Medieval 2011 & Generalist 2011
  • I was poking around their department website, and there is a VAP whose work is eerily close to the job call. It looks like they could be thinking about an inside candidate.
  • You have no way of knowing what any of that means. So-called "inside candidates" can have very unpleasant experiences with the hiring process under these circumstances. Or they can be offered a better job and leave. This dept. is interviewing at MLA. More relevant is that the full job description (amended above) does not include Renaissance as a preferred field. Just send your applications in if you fit the position.
  • [from the Medievalists page]: "Request for more materials letter stated that they had over 400 applicants and had asked for additional materials from 53 applicants." Don't feel bad. The Chair in this small dept. is a Renaiss. specialist -- that's why this wasn't ever Ren job. And no "inside candidate," I would say. They wouldn't be doing all this work.

Kenyon CollegeEdit

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Description: in medieval to sixteenth-century literature. We welcome subfields in global/comparative early literatures, history of the book, and/or queer studies.

LINK

Deadline: November 10

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: According to Medieval 2011, "MLA interview scheduled by phone: December 17 (x4)" - have any 16th c. people been called for an interview too?

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

  • Medieval page lists 1 campus interview scheduled by phone 1/12.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes, according to Medieval page.

NOTES:

Cross-posted at Medieval 2011

Knox College, IL (VAP) Edit

The English department at Knox College invites applications for a two-year contract for a Visiting Assistant Professor in early modern literature with strong interest in Shakespeare. Secondary fields desirable. PhD near completion. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching in a highly selective liberal arts college attracting a diverse, international student body.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi for courses taught or proposed, three letters of reference and dossier to Robert Smith, Department of English, Knox College, Galesburg IL 61401. Applications should be received by April 29, 2011.

LINK (Chronicle)

Deadline: April 29

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled: 5/3

Rejection (after phone interview): 5/17 -- sorry! do you know if an offer was made? The message mentioned that two finalists were being invited for on-campus interviews. 5/25 - message mentioned finalists still to be interviewed.

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

Lawrence University Edit

From MLA JIL: Tenure-track opening in 18th-century British literature and culture in the English Department at Lawrence University. Secondary fields of interest would include: drama, Shakespeare, gender theory, cultural studies or film. The successful candidate will teach 2 courses per term, with three 10-week terms per academic year. Lawrence values excellence in teaching and active scholarship. Send letter of application, cv, 3-5 letters of recommendation, a 2-page dissertation abstract, and a 20-page writing sample to Faith Barrett, Chair, English Department, Lawrence University, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911. To ensure complete consideration, please submit materials by November 1.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: From Restoration/18th-Century 2011: "MLA interview scheduled (x6) [Q: When were interviews scheduled? 11/22 (x3)]"

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

  • Restoration page lists 2 campus interviews scheduled 1/11.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

  • I emailed the department chair to see if the committee had room to be flexible on the job description (e.g., would the department consider candidates with a primary interest in Shakespeare and a secondary interest in 18th-C). She responded with a very polite email that this was not possible.
  • You were lucky to encounter a very nice dept. chair. This was a silly question. But part of the problem may be that the job is listed on this page at all -- it probably should not be as it creates this sort of confusion.
  • This question might not be as "silly" as it sounds. I have been part of a few search committees in the past that were flexible in just this way. It all depends on the institution and their perceived departmental needs.
  • "a few search committees"? Really? I find this very surprising -- I'm curious to know what sort of institution this is. A lot of time and care is usually devoted to the wording of a job ad, and if a department truly is "flexible" and would be just as happy to hire a Renaissance specialist as they would an 18th-c. specialist, then they will advertise the job in that way from the beginning. I realize that the moderators (who do an amazing job, btw) are simply trying to be helpful in cross-posting jobs according to secondary fields, but this is not a good practice and is confusing to people who are on the job market for the first time.

Cross-posted at Restoration/18th-Century 2011

Loyola University MarylandEdit

From MLA JIL

"Loyola University Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track position in 17th-Century literature for candidates with an interest in transatlantic studies and the ability to teach Milton. Faculty responsibilities include teaching three classes each semester, with no composition. Ph.D. required by August 2011. Salary is competitive. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.For more information, and to apply, please go to http://careers.loyola.edu, complete the application, and attach a letter of interest and curriculum vitae."

Application deadline: October 22, 2010.

Acknowledgment received: 10/21

Request for additional materials: Yes; 10/21 by email (letters of recc, writing sample, official transcripts grad and undergrad) (x11) 11/23 by email that said I was supposed to receive the dossier request sent out 10/19 (x4). For the record, I submitted my application on 10/20.; 11/29, with statement that technical problems had botched two earlier request attempts.

  • So, has anyone received a request or even an acknowledgment who submitted their application on 10/20, 10/21 or 10/22? Is this one of those searches where the true deadline was really a week earlier?
  • Departments do not post job ads with deliberately misleading information -- they would likely be censured by the MLA for doing so. Sometimes individual members of a Search Committee can request more materials as soon as they have read through an early applicant's file, even if that's before the primary deadline. The search process simply differs a bit from one department to the next. This is a good reason to get your applications in early, but so long as you have met the main deadline, your application should receive full consideration.
  • Sorry, but it does not look like they are requesting on a rolling basis. The SC seems to have met before the deadline to make requests. Maybe they'll meet again, maybe not. While departments do not post deliberately misleading information, some SC members do independently decide that they should not consider applications that come at or near the deadline because these are not "serious" (a ridiculous practice if you ask me).
  • Please, unless you are actually *on* this specific SC, please do not circulate panic-inducing, purely hypothetical "theories" about how searches function. What is bolded above is ludicrous. I have served on 5 search committees and discussed perhaps a dozen other searches with colleagues over the years. Departments are, I believe, legally required to honor a deadline they have set for applicants. At the very least the HR department at any school and/or MLA would have something to say about such a breach in practice. Perhaps you know of one or two snotty faculty members who claim to have done what you describe, but entire search committees do not behave this way.

Rejection (no interview): 12/17 by email (x4) [Hey, is anyone in this boat with me: after a dossier request, no email rejection or phone call to set up an interview? (x2)] Yep, me too. Really frustrating. OK, got my rejection by email! 12/20 x2

MLA or phone interview scheduled: MLA, 12/12 (x2) ---- Q: by phone or email? by phone.

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 1/13

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: per rejection letter (3/4)

NOTES:

  • MLA interviews will be scheduled in late November or early December for the January meeting.

Query: If the interview requests were to go out last week, and I haven't heard anything, can I assume I've not been selected to interview? Second: I too am curious about this, still clinging to some home. More than a dozen of us reported sending extra materials, yet only two have reported interview requests. Does anyone (perhaps on the SC?) know if more requests will be made?

Marian UniversityEdit

LINK

The Department of English and Communication seeks an assistant professor of literature, specializing in dramatic literature, including Shakespeare, and critical theory for a full-time, tenure- track position beginning August 15, 2011. The candidate will teach twelve credits hours per semester, six-nine in general edu- cation. Ph.D. in literature required.

Application deadline: December 1, 2010.

Acknowledgment received: 10/12, 11/9, 11/15, 12/13 (my app was in on time)

Request for additional materials: 1/10 - Request to complete 4 essay questions before interviewing. Looks like after these essays questions, they will narrow down their list for phone interviews. Campus visits will follow in mid-February. (x2)

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled: Skype interview scheduled via email for week of 23rd-28th (1/21)

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: via phone 1/31

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made: 2/18. Second offer made 3/9

• Was the offer accepted?

No.

• Just curious - why not?

The candidate accepted another offer.

Offer accepted: 3/9

  • Congratulations!!
  • Thanks! I'm very happy!

NOTES:

  • Also posted at Theater 2010-2011
  • Are these guys interviewing at MLA?
  • I emailed their contact person in HR and she said that she thinks they are NOT interviewing at MLA. So there's still some waiting on this one.
  • 1/10: Have heard that they did not do MLA interviews and are currently sending out requests for more information from people they may be interested in interviewing over the phone.
  • Yes - I got the same information. Phone interviews will be scheduled the week of Jan 23-28. Campus interviews will be held mid-February.
  • People should know by next week (probably by Wednesday, 2/2) whether or not they will be invited to campus. I had my interview and I was very nervous at first. I felt like I flubbed around a bit at the beginning. But once I warmed up, I felt like it went well. All the people in the committee seemed very nice, so that's a bonus.
  • Hurray! Invited to campus! 1/31

Mars Hill CollegeEdit

The Department of English invites applications for two faculty positions, to begin in August 2011. The successful candidate for the first position will be a specialist in early modern British literature; the successful candidate for the second position will be a generalist, preferably with a primary strength in contemporary British, American, or world literatures, cultural studies, and/or minority literatures.

[LINK]

Application deadline: open until filled

Acknowledgment received:1/04

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled: 1/31 (x2)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview): by mail, 2/27.

Campus interview scheduled: 2/10

Rejection (after campus interview): 3/8

Offer made: yes

Offer accepted: yes

NOTES:

Q: Where is this posted? Do you have a link?

A: My bad. It's up now.

Thanks! Cross-posted at Generalist 2011

McDaniel CollegeEdit

LINK

"tenure-track position in Medieval literature, with Renaissance literature as a secondary specialty, at the level of assistant professor"

Deadline: Review begins Nov. 1

Acknowledgment received: by email 10/13

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: 12/2 MLA (per Medieval page)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

  • Medieval page lists campus interview scheduled 1/10.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Yes (according to Medieval page).

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011
  • Like the Lawrence U position, this job probably should not be posted on this page as it may lead applicants who are not primarily Medievalists to apply. This will create unnecessary hassle for the SC.

McGill University (Postdoc)Edit

LINK

The Shakespeare and Performance Research Team, Department of English, McGill University, seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join a research program (2011-2015) entitled, “Shakespeare and the Play of Story.” The program will develop a new, interdisciplinary account of the artistic, social, intellectual, and historical dimensions of Shakespearean narrative by bringing together theatre history and practice, literary scholarship, legal and historiographical theory, and theories of subjectivity.

The Postdoctoral Fellow’s primary task will be to develop his or her research and publication in consultation and exchange with the members of the Shakespeare Team; secondarily, he or she will serve as the postdoctoral RA and will work closely with the team leader on planning and coordinating team research, workshops, and outreach activities, thereby contributing to the program and also gaining professionalization experience. The Fellow might also have opportunities to teach in his or her area of specialization.

The start date for the year-long position is August 1, 2011. There is the possibility of a one-year renewal. Candidates will have a PhD in Shakespeare studies and/or Early Modern English Literature. The fellowship stipend will be approximately $30,000 per annum. Applications, consisting of a description of research program, writing sample, and CV must be sent by email by March 1 2011 to Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, McGill University at paul.yachnin@mcgill.ca. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the same email address by the March 1 deadline. Candidates should ask referees to include the candidate’s name on the subject line of the email.

Deadline: March 1

Offer made: Position has been cancelled. Funding was not secured.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Montclair State (NJ)Edit

LINK

From MLA JIL: Assistant/Associate Professor of General Humanities

Interdisciplinary humanist to coordinate the development General Humanities Program. Academic specialty is the European Renaissance/ Early Modern period. The candidate will teach the core courses in the General Humanities Major ( http://chss.montclair.edu/classics/classics.html) and other courses . The candidate will develop General Humanities courses aimed at majors and the wider student body, and work with departmental faculty and students to enhance the General Humanities curriculum. QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in a humanities discipline. Evidence of excellent teaching skills as well as a strong scholarly agenda that will lead to tenure required. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest and/or experience in broadly- based Humanities programs. Experience/Knowledge of the study of mythology a plus. Candidates should demonstrate a record of proven success in teaching and be able to produce evidence, such as peer reviews, student evaluations and so forth. Two-years full-time college teaching experience strongly preferred.

Deadline: Screening of applications begins Oct. 20, 2010 and continues until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received: by email 10/11, 10/25, 10/26

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview): via e mail 12/17 (x2)

Phone interview scheduled: scheduled for Mon, 11/22 (w/o request for additional materials) scheduled for Mon, 12/6 (also w/o request for additional materials)

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Note: this position is based in the "Department of Classics and General Humanities."
  • Requests for additional materials (transcripts, syllabi, statements of teaching philosophy, student evaluations and/or faculty teaching observations, writing sample) will be sent by email in early November. Phone interviews in mid-late December; if needed, more phone interviews in January 2011. Campus visits in February-March. No interviews at conventions.
  • Has there been any news on this search?

NYUEdit

Link

"The Department of English at New York University invites applications and nominations for a senior scholar at the rank of Professor to start no later than September 1, 2012, pending final administrative and budgetary approval. We seek an outstanding academic with a distinguished record of publication in Renaissance/Early Modern English literature. The successful candidate will demonstrate not only scholarly excellence, but also a commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching."

Deadline: January 15, 2011

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: writing sample request (by email), Dec 10 (x2); writing sample request (by e-mail), Dec 19

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled: Heard second-hand that two candidates visited for this position sometime in the winter, both very senior. Not clear whether offer has been made and/or accepted yet, though.

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Northern Arizona (Lecturer)Edit

HR post

Chronicle

English, Lecturer, British Literature. This is a full time, benefit eligible, non-tenure track, faculty position in the Department of English at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff). This position is renewable, subject to performance, funding, and departmental needs. To apply, please send a letter of interest, short writing sample, curriculum vitae, academic transcript, letters from three academic references, and, if available, sample syllabi and evidence of effective teaching. The review of applications will begin on March 25th, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. Please send applications to: Ms. Cindy Knoll, British Literature Search Committee, English Department, Northern Arizona University, Box 6032, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6032.

Job Description: Northern Arizona University seeks applicants for a full-time lecturer appointment in Early Modern British literature to begin Fall 2011. The expected teaching load is four courses per semester, including such undergraduate courses as Introduction to Shakespeare, Survey of British Literature to 1750, and Introduction to Literature, with occasional opportunities for more advanced author, genre, or seminar courses. Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in English with a completed dissertation in Shakespeare or Early Modern British literature by date of employment. Preferred Qualifications: A record of successful experience teaching undergraduate literature; research and publication activity, particularly in the field of early modern drama; ability to work well with a diverse student body. Salary: $40,000 - $41,000 per academic year, depending on experience.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on March 25, 2011.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: 4/29

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Oberlin College (VAP)Edit

LINK

The English Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning Fall semester of 2011 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of Renaissance Literature with specialization in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama.

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Acknowledgment received: 9 Feb (snail mail), 3/26

Request for Additional Materials: 3/2 (email)

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made: 4/17/11

Offer accepted: 4/22/11

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Any news on this one? Did anyone get invited to a campus interview? (4/28) x 2 (5/8).

Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City, OK)Edit

Position: Assistant Professor of English

Description: specialization in Medieval and Renaissance British Literature. Preference will be given to candidates with secondary expertise in poetry writing, Native American literature, and/or linguistics/history of language.

LINK (Chronicle)

Deadline: April 29

Acknowledgment received via snail mail:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled via email:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled by phone:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES: [This job was originally posted in the fall and then canceled. It was reopened at the end of March.]

  • Email received October 28: "It is with sincere regret that I write to inform you that the hiring process for the position in Medieval and Renaissance literature for which you recently applied has been suspended. I apologize for this notice coming so close to the application deadline, but news of the hiring suspension came forward from the administration just today. Should the hiring process be reinitiated, there is no need to re-apply, as your application materials will remain in the system; we would contact you to gauge whether or not you wished to remain in the candidate pool."
    • MLA listing has also been updated to confirm that the job has been cancelled.
  • Just got an email (March 24) that the job position has been reopened. The job will be re-posted soon at https://ocucareers.silkroad.com:443/okcufacu/EmploymentListings.html
  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011

Ohio Wesleyan UniversityEdit

From MLA JIL

Assistant Professor of Humanities-Classics

"The Department of Humanities-Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor Position (pending approval) in Medieval and Renaissance European Literature and Related Arts.The successful candidate must have training and expertise in this broad period’s culture and thought and in (at least) one continental literary tradition. Teaching (six courses/year) comprises courses that analyze major ‘texts’ in translation. Folkloric texts and classics of several European traditions provide materials for period survey, literary genre, and critical, cross-cultural, thematic (in the synoptic “Great Books” tradition) courses at all undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will teach, besides his/her specialty, other challenging courses examining literature and other creative media (cf Departmental web page). Possible “specialty areas” include Medieval Paris, Renaissance Florence, Renaissance Narratives, the Picaresque, etc. Teaching experience is expected and PhD degree required by August 2011. Dispatch application and dossier with CV, three letters of evaluation, and a proposed Medieval-Renaissance course syllabus, postmarked by 1 November 2010, to Donald Lateiner, Chair, Humanities-Classics, Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware OH 43015."

Note: this position was re-advertised in the Chronicle on Dec. 6 with the following language:

"The Department of Humanities and Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University invites applications for a full-time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor position in European comparative literature, culture, and thought. The successful candidate must have a PhD and training in Medieval and Renaissance European Literature and expertise in one European continental literary tradition (e.g., Italian, French, German, Spanish). Teaching (six sections per year) will include introductory survey courses, mid-level "Great Books" style courses, and advanced courses in the field of the hire (e.g., Medieval Monsters, Renaissance Satiric Texts). Qualified candidates should go to http://jobs.owu.edu to obtain further position details and application instructions."

No deadline seems to be stated in the reposted ad.

Acknowledgment received: 11/22 (x3)

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA interview scheduled: 12/16 [From Medieval 2011]

Rejection (after MLA interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: According to Medieval page: Offer accepted: February 24

NOTES:

Cross-posted at Medieval 2011 & Comparative 2011

Penn State ErieEdit

LINK

"The English program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Pre-20th-Century British literature with a sub-specialty in technical writing and editing, beginning August 2011. The successful candidate will contribute to both the Literature and Professional Writing tracks within the English major. Teaching responsibilities include surveys of British literature, technical writing, composition, and courses in the candidate’s specialty as needed."

Deadline: "Review of applications will begin October 11, 2010 and continue until the position is filled."

Acknowledgment received: 9/16, 10/21 (by email)

Rejection Letter:

MLA interview scheduled: December 1 (x2)

Campus interview scheduled: 1/21 (via email)

Offer made: 2/14

Offer accepted: 2/18

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Princeton UniversityEdit

Link

"Assistant professor in the field of Renaissance Literature, 1500-1660, with a preference for drama."

Deadline: Nov. 1st

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection:

MLA interview scheduled: (12/09) x3

Campus interview scheduled:

  • know someone who has campus visit scheduled [maybe scheduled around 1/10 (?)]

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes, this job has been accepted (heard second-hand, only detail known is that successful candidate is a current fellow in Princeton Society of Fellows).

NOTES AND QUERIES:

I'm an advanced assistant professor thinking of applying. Does anyone know whether Princeton will tenure its assistant professors, or is it like Harvard and Yale, which are very, very unlikely to tenure assistant professors?

  • I'm not at Princeton, but from what I understand from others (at least one of whom was denied tenure at Princeton), historically tenure has been very difficult for assistants to achieve there (so, yes, closer to how Harvard and Yale have been traditionally).
  • Don't take this as settled fact, but I've most recently heard (from an assistant professor at Princeton) that the current tenure rate is about 1/3.
  • For what it's worth, this vacancy was created when an associate professor who had risen through the ranks at Princeton (i.e., who had started as an assistant professor and had earned tenure) left to go elsewhere.

Queens College, CUNYEdit

InsideHigherEd

"Assistant Professor of English, with a specialization in 17th century and Restoration British prose and poetry including Milton. The start date of the position is January 28, 2011."

Deadline: Oct 18

Acknowledgment received: October 21

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Restoration/18th-Century 2011
  • I'm curious about why no one else has posted about receiving an acknowledgment for applying to this job. Has no one else applied? That seems unlikely. Or is the January 2011 start date putting people off? Any information on how many of us may be in the applicant pool would be appreciated. They must plan an accelerated hiriing schedule and can't wait until MLA for interviews. (And I've heard no more than the acknowledgment so perhaps am already out of the running.) Thanks.
  • I've heard that there is perhaps an internal candidate...any confirmation?
  • Ok kids: I am going to start a drinking game based on how often you all feel compelled to circulate a rumor about a supposed "inside candidate." I can tell you from experience that even if there is such a mythical creature on the horizon, you simply cannot predict how that search will shake out. I was once a supposed "inside candidate" and it was the worst year of my life in this profession. Find something more interesting to gossip about. Or don't. I'd really like a glass of Chardonnay right now.
  • I am surprised that no one has posted about having an interview by now (11/18) -- perhaps they have enough applications from people who won't need to relocate...if it is an inside job or a spousal, at least they posted with a January start date in an effort to not waste too many people's time. Agree with the previous poster re: Chardonnay.
  • I heard from some at CUNY that the January start date seems geared to the impending budget cuts at CUNY and also SUNY -- that if the line is filled before the cuts expected in the next fiscal year are mandated, then the job itself, and presumably the person in it, will be saved. That said, it seems odd that no one has posted about interviews or even a request for additional materials. I heard from within the department that the goal was to have this search finished in December. But the lack of action (or at least reports here of action) does seem very strange -- as if the search is not quite real. And it doesn't seem as if they are leaning toward the latter part of the period the search covers. The Restoration/18th-Century page doesn't have updates on interviews or requests for additional material either.
  • It's not frivolous speculation to point out that A) this search seems very peculiar, and B) the early start date suggests that in practice it will have to be a regional search. (Surely they're not expecting someone to move to NYC over the holidays, find housing, and be ready to start on January 28. This schedule is only minimally workable if they expect to hire someone who's already in the area.) Speculation about the details is a waste of energy, but I wouldn't set my heart on this job.
  • An authoritative source has confirmed that this is not a real job search.

Quinnipiac UniversityEdit

LINK

"Quinnipiac University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position beginning in fall 2011. This is a full-time, tenure track appointment. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field or expect to complete the doctorate by start of classes in fall 2011.

The department seeks candidates with areas of expertise in Shakespeare, Milton, and the 17th Century. The ideal candidate should expect to teach Shakespeare (required of all majors) and the first half of the British Literature survey. All faculty at Quinnipiac University are expected to teach in the University Core Seminar series."

Deadline: Nov 30

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: after MLA interview, 2/17

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: MLA, 12/16 (phone call), along with request for writing sample and teaching materials (x2)

Campus interview scheduled: I heard second hand that at least one campus visit is scheduled for Feb.

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes, per 2/17 rejection.

x3. Received email 2/17 confirming offer has been made and accepted. Congrats to the recipient.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Does anyone know if campus visits have been scheduled yet?

Ripon College (VAP)Edit

From MLA JIL 3/18/11:

English, Ripon College seeks a one-year visiting assistant professorship, specialist in Early Modern English literature, Ph.D. preferred, ABD considered. Position begins August, 2011. A search will be done at a later date for a tenure-track position beginning August 2012. The typical teaching expectation at Ripon College, a small liberal arts institution, is three courses per semester including freshman composition. Teaching duties for the visiting position would comprise three sections of composition, plus three upper-level courses in literary criticism, Shakespeare, and survey Beowulf to Milton. Successful candidates’ records will demonstrate effective teaching at the undergraduate level. Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications and teaching philosophy, CV, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor David Graham, Search Committee Chair, Department of English, Ripon College, P.O. Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971. Review of credentials will begin April 1, 2011, and continue until position is filled. AA/EOE

Deadline: April 1

Acknowledgment received: 4/4 by post

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled: interview scheduled for late April

Offer made:4/29

Offer accepted: 5/6

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Royal Holloway, University of LondonEdit

jobs.ac.uk, 10/25

LINK

"Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature"

"The Department of English at Royal Holloway invites applications for the above post, tenable from 1 September 2011.

"Applicants should have a proven record of research, publication and teaching in the specified field. The successful candidate will be required to teach undergraduate and MA courses on Shakespeare, with scope for teaching and developing courses in other areas of early modern literature. Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Kiernan Ryan on 01784 443224.

"Further details and an application form are available to download at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/jobs/home.aspx. Or by contacting the Recruitment Team by e mail recruitment@rhul.ac.uk or telephone: 01784 414241. Please quote reference X1010/1510 on applications. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon 10th December 2010. Interviews are likely to be held mid to late January 2011."

Deadline: Dec 10

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Note that Royal Holloway "is unable to recruit any further staff under the Tier 2 arrangements, due to the temporary cap imposed by the UK Border Agency. This means that all applicants will now require right to work in the UK in their own right e.g. EU national, Tier 1 or Tier 4 status." I'm no expert in UK Visas, but the way I understand it, this will rule out many if not most US applicants, since the Tier 2 program would have been the most likely route to working in the UK for those of us who do not already have study or work relationships with UK institutions. If someone in WikiLand knows more about this, I would love to hear a more informed assessment. Am I right about this?

Saint Mary's University (Halifax, NS)Edit

Link

Subfield/description: "The Department of English at Saint Mary's University invites applications for a 24-month limited-term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor starting January 1, 2011 and ending December 31, 2012. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand. The Department is seeking a candidate with successful experience in undergraduate teaching in the areas of Renaissance Dramatic Literature, including Shakespeare, and Queer and/or Cultural Studies."

Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin October 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: 10/6

Rejection Letter: 11/3, posted letter stating I "did not make the short list." (x2)

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • I emailed them to find out if a start date later than 1 January was acceptable, and it's not.


Seton Hall U (Dec. 20 deadline)Edit

From MLA JIL (12/10):

The English Department at Seton Hall University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Renaissance Literature with a specialization in Shakespeare to begin August 2011. The standard teaching load for faculty who are research and service active is 9 credits per semester. Course assignments will be balanced between first-year writing, university core, surveys, advanced electives, and graduate classes. We seek candidates with a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. Send a letter of application, current vita, and three letters of reference to Mary Balkun, Chairperson, by December 20, 2010. Submissions may be in paper (mailing address: English, 400 South Orange Av, South Orange, NJ 07079) or electronic form (mary.balkun@shu.edu). If the latter, indicate “Renaissance/Shakespeare Search” in subject box. We will be interviewing at the MLA convention in January. Seton Hall University is a Catholic diocesan university and an EO/AA employer.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: 1/21 (post-MLA interview) by email (x2)

MLA interview scheduled: 12/26 by email (x4)

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

• Wow - either this is an extremely short deadline, or it's an inside job.

• We do not need to make this assumption; an "inside" hiring process for a school located on the east coast would not bother with MLA in Los Angeles (very expensive!); plenty of schools are simply getting approval to hire very late. I suspect that's the situation here. (x2)

  • When MLA was the last week in December, there were still search deadlines as late as mid December. With the convention now happening in January, deadlines can be later. Some committeess simply prefer to finish their term, then read everything all at once.
  • Well, maybe it isn't an inside job. My Google analytics shows that someone in South Orange looked at my professional website within ten hours of me applying. Here's hoping!!
  • Many schools simply are not posting a jb until they have the funding. Rather than having to cancel a search, or worse, tell campus interview candidates that the job is not longer available, schools are waiting until the funding is guarenteed. So I concur, let's stop sassuming something is an "inside" job!
  • Well, excuse me for living.
  • A quick look at their English Faculty list reveals that they have a "faculty associate" who teaches Renaissance lit, so it's entirely possible that it's an inside job. But hey - the deadline has passed and what will be will be.
  • "Faculty Associate" is an irregular job title (I've never seen it before, in any English department, in 10+ years in the profession), likely to indicate someone who has other responsibilities at the university and occasional teaching responsibilities in the department, but no tenure-track status. The only person already employed in a dept. who *might* (might!) have some standing during a search is VAP. This is a bona fide search.
  • "Faculty Associate" is actually a fairly common job title in universities, although it does seem to be somewhat regional (I saw it a great deal on the West Coast, not so much in the Mid-West). It generally denotes an adjunct faculty member, although it the language is not standardized. I have seen it used to denote faculty that are on a course by course basis (large state school in the West), and as stand-in for an annual contract in place of the more common "Instructor" (mid-sided public in the West). The FA is one of those many oddities that make our profession so insanely difficult to explain to loved ones--I'm an FA this year!?!, huh?--and so maddeningly intoxicating. Hope this helped.

Southern Connecticut State UniversityEdit

LINK

The successful candidate will teach non-Shakespeare courses in early modern British literature prior to the eighteenth century as well as first-year composition. Teaching or equivalent work load is 12 credits per semester. Summer teaching is available. Required Qualifications: PhD with a research focus in early modern British literature required. Demonstrated teaching experience in early modern British literature expected. Preferred Qualifications: Expertise in literary/critical theory preferred and experience teaching classical Greek and Roman literature desirable.

Deadline: Review of applications will being January 25, 2011. Position will remain open until filled.

Acknowledgment received: Feb. 8 (email).

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: Skype interview scheduled on March 3

Campus interview scheduled: 3/24

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Southern Utah University (Director of the Center for Shakespeare Studies)Edit

LINK

Southern Utah University invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Shakespeare Studies (CSS). The Director is a professional staff member. Academically qualified candidates will be considered for appointment at the appropriate faculty rank. The CSS Director supports scholarship, research, and dramaturgy in Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Studies presented and sponsored by the Center. The CSS is a source for significant research, publications, and media and educational programming that is designed to be accessible to all learners. The director teaches courses in support of an interdisciplinary minor in Shakespeare Studies. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. This is a full-time, 12-months/year position to start July 1, 2011. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; contingent on funding; excellent benefits.

Applicants must apply online at http://jobs.suu.edu or use the direct link at http://jobs.suu.edu/applicants/Central ?quickFind=51353 Individuals are asked to attach, electronically, the following required documents: a cover letter, resume/CV, a statement of philosophy (no more than 3 pages) about the role of Shakespeare Studies on the 21st Century campus, copies of unofficial transcripts, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.

Deadline: First consideration of applications will begin March 25, 2011; the position will remain open until filled.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: 4/24

Campus interview scheduled: 5/3

Offer made: No offers made; search postponed until next year

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Also posted at Theater 2010-2011

SUNY PotsdamEdit

SUNY Potsdam's English and Communication Department is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor of English. This is a tenure track position in Renaissance (including Shakespeare) and 17th-century British Literature.

Link (HigherEdJobs)

Link (University Job Posting)

Deadline: For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2010.

Acknowledgment received: 12/15 (email stated that they would not be interviewing at MLA), x3

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: requested 1/4 by phone

Campus interview scheduled: 2/4 by phone (for week of 2/7)

Offer made: 2/18

Offer accepted: February

  • Congrats!

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Could someone confirm the deadline for this job? (I went to both links and could not find it.) Thanks

  • Look more carefully at the University Job Posting link--the deadline above is specified at the end of the category "Job Requirements & Essential Functions of the Job."
  • Thanks.
  • The application asks you to upload four documents: your letter, c.v., teaching philosophy and something else. For the fourth document it says, "See special instructions below," but no instructions are visible to me and I can't find mention of what this document might be elsewhere in the job posting or the application. Has anyone else figured out what they're looking for? Thanks.
  • The additional attachment was supposed to be a list of at least three references.

Syracuse University (VAP)Edit

From MLA JIL April 1:

Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature [14694] Syracuse English Department seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature for the academic year 2011-2012. 3/3 teaching load. Ph.D. must be in hand by August 2011. For full consideration applicants must complete before 1 May 2011 an online application form at www.sujobopps.com, attaching electronically a cover letter, CV, writing sample (20 pages) and contact information for three references.

Deadline: May 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted: accepted, May -- was this an inside job (inside candidate)? No, international candidate

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Tennessee Tech UniversityEdit

LINK

"Full-time, academic (nine month) tenure-track appointment, beginning August 1, 2011.

QUALIFICATIONS: Earned PhD in English by the time of appointment from an accredited institution with dissertation or other significant research in any one of the following areas (listed in alphabetical order): Contemporary Literature in English, Ethnic American Literature, Milton or other Early Modern Literature, or Postcolonial Literature. College-level teaching experience required."

Deadline: Jan. 13

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled: 2/17 (this is the first I've heard from them ... no prior MLA/phone interview)

Q: That seems a little odd. Do many schools do that?

A: Yes, some schools do move that efficiently. It is not that common, but it does seem to happen more frequently for jobs posted later in the season (post-MLA deadline).

Offer made: early March (declined)

Offer accepted: as confirmed following email to acting chair, 5/16

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Texas State University, San MarcosEdit

Link

"Tenure-track assistant professor, specialty in English Renaissance literature, with focus on Shakespeare." 3/3 teaching load.

Deadline: November 8, 2010

Acknowledgment received: 10/29 (mail) x3, 11/6 (mail), 11/10 (mail, x2)

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

MLA or Phone interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled (12/2) (no prior request for additional materials) [--Via email, phone, mail?] [A: via email.]

Q: Anyone else received interview requests?

Campus interview scheduled: 2 March - campus interview requested by phone

Offer made:

Offer accepted: 30 March

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Does anyone know if they are going to be interviewing at MLA? Has anyone gotten anything beyond an acknowledment?

  • Yes, they are doing MLA interviews on Friday and Saturday.

Trinity International University (Illinois)Edit

Link

Subfield/description: "Trinity International University seeks a literature PhD beginning fall 2011 with particular aptitude in Renaissance/Romantic literature who is also enthusiastic about teaching general education writing (research/rhetoric) and literature (genre) courses. Applicants should evidence strong Christian commitment and a desire to serve on a highly-motivated undergraduate faculty in a growing liberal arts program."

Deadline:

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: 11/17 (following phone interview, email)

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: Interview scheduled for 11/15, interview scheduled for 12/10

Campus interview scheduled:visited campus 1/19

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

TuftsEdit

Link

Position Title: Assistant Professor position in the field of pre-modern theatre

Description: Areas of expertise may include classical, medieval, Renaissance, or Baroque theatre. A Ph.D. and the promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching are required. Experience in college-level teaching and directing plays with student actors is strongly preferred. Research in foreign languages and ability to teach pre-modern dramatic theory also are preferred.

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: [under Theater 2010-2011 it says "Campus visits have been scheduled." Anyone have more specific info?] about 4 candidates have been invited to give job talks in the next two weeks

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011, Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011 & Theater 2010-2011
  • Note that this is not in the English department -- it is a job in the Dept. of Drama and Dance.
  • This position was posted last year at the "Associate Professor" level and the search failed. An insider has told me that while the dept. has dropped the level to "Assistant"-- they are looking for someone with significant experience (3 years): ability to teach grad seminars right away, ability to direct main-stage shows, and the potential to take on department service duties (i.e. Chair) within the next 2 years. Seems lofty, if you ask me. But I thought I would share the information so that the folks applying know how to sell their abilities.

Tulane University (VAP)Edit

From MLA JIL 3/4/11:

TULANE UNIVERSITY Department of English, 122 Norman Mayer Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 Visiting Assistant Professorship

The Department of English at Tulane University seeks a visiting assistant professor in Early Modern British literature in any field from the Renaissance through the 18th century. Experience teaching Shakespeare is desirable. This one-year, non-tenure track position has a three-three load with the option to repeat at least one course during the year. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand. Salary: $40,000 plus benefits.

Please submit a letter of application, a CV, three letters of reference, and a writing sample (around 25 pages) to engpos2@tulane.edu by March 25, 2011. Submissions should be addressed to Molly Anne Rothenberg, Chair, Department of English. Please put your last name and the letters VAP in the subject line. Applications will only be accepted and acknowledged electronically and should be sent as either Word or pdf files. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Deadline: March 25

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Union University (TN)Edit

Link to HR post

Position Title: Assistant Professor position in Renaissance Lit.

Description: Union University Department of English seeks a candidate for a full-time tenure-track position in Renaissance literature with additional responsibilities in world literature and composition. Expertise in critical theory is desirable. Rank and assignment commensurate with education/experience. The successful candidate will teach upper division Renaissance and Shakespeare courses as well as introductory composition and world literature.

Deadline: Review begins immediately. MLA interviews anticipated.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: MLA Interview Scheduled (12/11)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University's Identity, Mission and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

University of California, BerkeleyEdit

Link

"Assistant Professor position specializing in Renaissance/Early 18th-Century British Literature."

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Acknowledgment received: by email 10/12 (x2), 10/25, 11/2, 11/4

Request for additional materials: know someone who got a request for more writing around 11/19; request for additional chapter (12/7)

Rejection (no interview): Rejection email 1/4

MLA or phone interview scheduled: MLA interview scheduled via email 12/17

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

  • 1/19: second-hand report of a campus visit scheduled here, not sure when.
  • can anyone confirm? Also have heard traditionally Berkeley doesn't do on-campus interviews . . .
  • from 18th c./ Restoration page: "*Faculty lurker here with plenty of experience with the job market. Traditionally Berkeley does not do campus visits. They circulate dissertations and make offers after the department meets to talk about the work + interview etc. Of course, that doesn't mean they are doing that this year. But traditionally that's their practice."
  • From Restoration page: "*3 finalists were invited for campus visits."

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Know for a fact that an offer was made and accepted a couple of weeks ago. (6/10)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of California, Davis (Mellon 2 year VAP) Edit

From MLA JIL (2/11):

The Dept. of English at UC Davis seeks applications from recent Ph.D.s pursuing research in Early Modern literature or culture (1500-1700) for a two-year appointment starting July 1, 2011. Applicants with interdisciplinary interests in gender, sexuality, and/or history of science will best complement current faculty strengths. Supported by the Mellon Foundation and based in the Davis Humanities Center, the position has a three-course load and brings an annual stipend of $50,000, plus medical insurance, research funds, and moving expenses. For details, see "Mellon Early Modern Search" at http://english.ucdavis.edu/news-events/job-opportunities. Letters of application with CV and two recommendation letters should be sent to "Mellon Search," attn. Professor Margaret Ferguson, Department of English, 1 Shields Ave., UC Davis, Davis, CA 95616. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. after August 31, 2008 or have finished all Ph.D. requirements by June 1, 2011.

Deadline: Review of applications begins on March 15, 2011

Acknowledgment received: 3/21 - snail mail

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes, week of 4/28 (see below)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Does anyone know *anything* about the status of this position? 4/28; Offer made and accepted this week

University of California, Merced Edit

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced invites applications from exceptional scholars and teachers at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) level in English Renaissance Literature. Additional strength in European Renaissance Literature, especially the the Spanish "Golden Age" is desirable. Teaching duties will include surveys of British Literature, upper-division courses in literature, and work with graduate students in an interdisciplinary program in the humanities.

LINK

Deadline: Applications must be completed by November 8, 2010 to ensure consideration. We will be interviewing at the MLA convention and conducting phone interviews.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: 12/8 (x2) (phone call with follow up email - no prior request for materials)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: I heard second-hand that 2-3 campus visit are happening around now (2/11)

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: I heard at SAA (from an authoritative source) that an offer has been made and accepted.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of California, Santa Cruz (VAP)Edit

The Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2011-2012 academic year, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. We are seeking a Shakespeare scholar with wide-ranging research interests and publications in Renaissance and/or Early Modern Studies, preferably with competence in at least one additional language literature that is relevant to the field. We seek candidates whose research interests may include: 16th- and 17th-century English, continental, and/or non-European literatures, transatlantic studies, performance studies, poetics, Shakespeare in a global context, ancient studies, studies in material and digital culture, and gender, race, and sexuality studies. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue their research, to have clearly demonstrated university teaching skills at the undergraduate level, and to be able to teach large lecture courses as well as seminars and discussion classes. The appointee must be able to work with students and faculty from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their writing, research, teaching, and/or service. This position carries a five-course workload over three quarters with an expectation that the selected candidate will have an active program of research and writing.

Literature - Shakespeare & Early-Modern English Literature

Deadline: Open Until Filled. For full consideration, apply by March 11, 2011

Acknowledgment received: 3/10 by email

Request for additional materials: 3/23 by email (syllabi, writing sample); 3/29, 3/31

Rejection (no interview): email 4/26; 5/9 (x2)

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Central FloridaEdit

From MLA JIL (10/22):

The Department of English at the University of Central Florida (http://www.english.ucf.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Renaissance literature with one or more of the following specializations preferred: Shakespeare, theory, history of the book, and texts and technology. The position requires the Ph.D. in English or a related field by August 8, 2011. The ideal candidate will have strong scholarly and teaching potential plus a willingness to teach in the following areas: undergraduate courses in Renaissance literature, historical surveys, major authors; graduate seminars in the M.A. in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies and, possibly, the Ph.D. program in Texts and Technology; courses in the Burnett Honors College. The position entails a teaching load of 3/2 or 3/3, depending upon publishing productivity. Interviews will be conducted at MLA.

UCF is an AA/EOE/ADA employer. As an agency of the state of Florida, UCF makes all selection procedures and application materials available for public review upon request. Please apply online at https://jobswithucf.com, and send letter of application, curriculum vitae, non-returnable scholarly writing sample (thirty pages maximum) and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Patrick D. Murphy, Chair, Department of English, University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 161346, Orlando, FL 32816-1346.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. 10/26: MLA JIL gives updated deadline: "Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled."

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA interview scheduled: 12/17 (by email), 12/28 (by email)

Rejection (after MLA interview):

Campus interview scheduled: Jan 11 (emailed to schedule campus visit)

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: before 24 Feb (notified in rejection email)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • 10/22: Note: the link to the jobs site above does not work; try this one: https://www.jobswithucf.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1287756662631 . . . however, when you get there, you will not be able to find this job, as the university seems not to have posted it there yet!
  • From poster on CreativeWriting 2011 following up on same problem with a fiction search advertised by this school: "I emailed the chair of the search to make sure he knew about this problem and to ask if there was something else applicants could do in the interim (10/22). The chair responded that applicants should send the portion of the application indicated in the ad by regular mail and added that the jobswithucf.com posting will appear on Friday (presumably Friday the 29th). He did not indicate that there would be an extension of the deadline because of the delay (10/24)."
  • I too emailed the chair (10/24): he said they have now revised the application due date to November 25.
  • The online system seems to be up and running now (10/31), although the link from the JIL is still not working.
  • I still can't find the job link on the UCF website as of 11/24 -- has anyone else had this problem?
  • 11/24: It is still there; search for position number 32272 and you will find it.

University of HaifaEdit

Ad posted in Chronicle (1/20/11)

The English Department at the University of Haifa announces a tenured or tenure-track position and invites candidates of exceptional merit, who would like to make their home in Israel, to apply. The position, which is open to any rank, is pending budgetary approval. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in either Poetry or Early Modern English Literature, but other areas of specialization will also be considered. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand and a demonstrated commitment to both teaching and scholarship. The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per year. The language of instruction is English. Please send a letter of application and dossier to Dr. Ayelet Ben-Yishai, the search committee, the English Department, The University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel. Email for inquiries: abenyishai@univ.haifa.ac.il

LINK

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials: by email on 2/13

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Hawaii, ManoaEdit

MLA JIL:

"ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, full-time, tenure-track position in Early Modern Literature, including Shakespeare, beginning August 1, 2011 (position number 84519); position dependent upon funding and availability. Teaching Duties: teach introductory composition and literature courses as well as upper-division and graduate-level courses on Shakespeare, early modern literature, and related areas of research interest; 2-2 teaching load first year and at least one other year during probationary period; 3-2 load in other years. Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in English, or comparable specialty; dissertation and/or publications in literature(s) in English circa 1500—1700; strong commitment to teaching, research, and service; evidence of scholarly activity and potential in the field. Desirable Qualifications: research and teaching interest in any of the following areas: colonial encounters; sexuality and gender; life-writing. Salary: commensurate with experience and background. Send letter of application and CV to Professor Jeff Carroll, Chair, English Department, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1733 Donaghho Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. "

Deadline: November 15, 2010

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials: 11/18 (x4), 11/19, 11/22, 11/29 (x2)

Rejection (no interview): 12/5, 12/7 (regular mail), 12/10 x2, 12/13 [Q: Anyone here in this situation: received a request for more info, didn't get contacted for an interview, but hasn't received an official rejection? X2]

MLA interview scheduled: 12/17 (scheduled by phone) x5

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview): 1/18 (mail) x3

Campus interview scheduled:

  • Any word on this one? I've heard they planned to make a quick decision after MLA.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

wording of rejection letter, which btw got my name wrong: "our hiring committe has decided not to entertain your application further." really? "entertain"? really, university of hawaii?

An overworked admin is likely the person who has gotten the thankless job of sending all the rejection letters (100+). As for "entertain," hey, at least it's an early modern use of the word.

Yeah -- they actually got the job I applied for wrong! I got a letter about Early Modern/Shakepeare, but applied to the Rhet/Composition position.

Ditto--laughed out loud at their use of "entertain"

University of KansasEdit

Link to KU Job Site (Use Position # 00002025 to find posting)

Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literary Studies/Renaissance.

Required Qualification: "Specialization in Early Modern English Literary Studies/Renaissance, evidenced by graduate coursework and subject of dissertation." Preferred Qualifications: 1) Specialty in Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama 2) Relevant publications and promise of sustained scholarly productivity. 3) Ability to teach 16th- and 17th-century poetry and prose. 4) Subspecialty in one or more areas, including but not limited to: Renaissance law and literature, early modern literature and the environment, science and literature in the early modern period, globalization in the early modern period and the age of exploration. 5) Ability to contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, including a diversity of scholarly approaches.

Deadline: Review of completed applications begins on November 1, 2010 and continues as long as needed to identify a qualified pool. Priority will be given to complete applications received by November 1, 2010.

Acknowledgment received: 11/9 (email)

Request for additional materials:11/22 x5 (writing sample and teaching materials)

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: 12/9 via phone (x2)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: ongoing (1/28) --> Q: what does "ongoing" mean? A: Already happening.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made: yes

Offer accepted: yes

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of MaineEdit

From MLA JIL (10/15):

The University of Maine's Department of English and Honors College seeks a candidate in either Medieval or Renaissance literature for a joint, ongoing appointment at the rank of lecturer, with a 3-3 course load, beginning September 1, 2011. Must have Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment; commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching; evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, involving undergraduates in scholarship. Experience in Honors education, in both literary areas and in writing instruction preferred. . . . Please submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and a writing sample by email to Search Committee Chair Margaret Killinger honors_english_search@umit.maine.edu. Applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically by the recommender to the same address.

Link to University Job Posting

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2010 and accepted until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received: email 11/3 (x3)

Request for additiona materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

  • Medieval Page suggests that calls for phone interviews went out on January 12th and 13th..

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

  • From Medieval 2011: "Campus interview scheduled: by email and phone 1/27 (x1)"

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: yes, according to Medieval page.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011
  • Does anyone know what exactly a "lecturer" position is? Does that mean that this job isn't tenure track?
  • From the language of the position announcement linked above: "The positions are non-tenure-track ongoing appointments at the rank of lecturer."
  • Got an email today saying that my file was not complete because they were missing two letters of recommendation. This is what happens when schools ask for emails from recommenders. Things slip through the cracks. So now, I have to pay interfolio to send emails instead of bothering my recommenders again, since clearly, they are unreliable. I wish the old guard professors would get their heads out of their asses about email recommendations.
  • Equal opportunity survey email received today (1/10). They must be moving forward at this point.

University of Massachusetts DartmouthEdit

From MLA JIL (11/24):

The Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth seeks an assistant professor, tenure-track, in English. Requirements: The strongest candidates will demonstrate research and teaching interest in Shakespeare and Renaissance/Early Modern literary studies and an active research agenda. Demonstrated interest in teaching Drama more broadly is strongly preferred. Responsibilities will include teaching Renaissance/Early Modern literature and Shakespeare, foundation courses (Literary Studies; Critical Methods), British survey and topics classes, and general education classes. Ph.D. in an appropriate specialization preferred. ABDs will be considered but the Ph.D. must be certified as complete no later than September 1, 2012 for consideration for contract renewal for third and fourth years of service.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-page (each) statements of teaching and research interests, writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), and three letters of recommendation to: English Tenure Track Search, Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, UMass Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300. An official transcript confirming award of terminal degree will also be required for consideration for contract renewal (prior to September 1, 2012). Completion of the search is contingent on the availability of funding. Formal review of applications begins December 1, 2010 and continues until the position is filled. Final authorization and appointment are subject to fiscal authorization. Preliminary interviews will be held at the MLA convention in Los Angeles in January.

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Acknowledgment received: 12/11/10 (via postal mail from SC Chair including EO survey), 12/13, Feb.2

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA interview scheduled: 12/18 (by email) x3

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 1/12 (by phone)

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: February

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Q: Has anyone else heard from UMass about campus visits? I did an interview at MLA, and they sent me an email 1/18 saying that they planned to have job talks during the first two weeks of February. Then I never heard from them again. Is there really only one candidate going out? Just wanted to see what info might be out there!

University of Nebraska, LincolnEdit

LINK

"specialist in Early Modern Literatures, for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level. The department will strongly prefer those whose scholarship addresses interdisciplinary perspectives, and whose teaching can encompass a wide array of both Medieval and Renaissance subjects and authors; preferred perspectives could include work in ethnic studies, gender studies, performance studies, and Digital Humanities."

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials: By email, 11/16 (x5) [added from Medieval job page]

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: MLA: 12/7 (by phone, x2)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview): 1/17 (by email)

Campus interview scheduled: a campus visit took place the second week of February, according to the department's web site.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-Posted at Medieval 2011
  • Note: similar search was started last year, but was cancelled: see Renaissance 2010.
  • Q: Does it seem odd that they made so few requests, relative to all the other major searches? And that there has been no activity since then?
  • A: There were 3 postings from the Medieval page, so I increased the number above to 5, which looks pretty average, especially for an ad seeking someone with solid expertise in two fields.

University of New Hampshire Edit

From MLA JIL (11/19):

Lectureship in Pre-1800 Literature

We are seeking applicants for a non-tenure-track lectureship with specialization in one or more areas of pre-1800 British literature. The 3-3 teaching load will include literature surveys, Shakespeare, and some composition courses. Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by September 1, 2010 2011.

How to Apply: A full position announcement and instructions on how to submit an application can be found online at https://jobs.usnh.edu Applicants should be prepared to upload the following required documents when applying online: cover letter, resume, and dossier: unofficial transcripts, three professional reference letters, teaching philosophy, writing sample and dissertation abstract. Computer access/assistance is available at the Human Resources Office, 2 Leavitt Lane, Durham, NH 03824 or call 603-862-0501 (TTY Users 603-862-3227).

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Skype interview scheduled: Skype interview, 3/22 (email)

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made: heard second-hand an offer has been made here (early April)

Offer accepted: yes

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Medieval 2011 & British Open 2011
  • (from British Open page): "I currently work as a lecturer here although not in this field. The teaching load is largely composition classes, and not literature despite what the ad portrays (2 comp: 1 lit). The composition classes are highly demanding: with mandatory conferences with students and bi-weekly mandatory staff meetings. The department is nice, but not very social. Rent is expensive in the area (for the pay). Lecturers are on yearly, renewable contracts... although we have been told nothing about that process."
  • (from British Open page 12/14): "I work here too. There is an error in the ad--PhD in hand by Sept. 1 2011--not 2010, so if you're in your last year in a PhD program do apply. Also, the department is committed to seeing that literature lecturers teach mostly literature--with the faculty and chair in agreement (2 Lit, 1 Comp). This year was an anomaly in that due to an unexpected increase in another field, composition courses were left understaffed. Another search is underway to solve this problem for next year. Perhaps the person above is reluctant, but our chair is very approachable and would welcome a chat about the renewal process, and I'm quite friendly!"

University of Puget Sound Edit

Link

Subfield/description: "The Department of English seeks applications for a colleague in British Literature and culture of the Renaissance/Early Modern period, including the teaching of Shakespeare. The successful candidate will generally teach one course in composition, one broad-based survey, and one more specialized course in the candidate's area of specialization each semester."

Deadline: Oct 4

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: 11/29 (x3) - What did they ask for exactly? A writing sample.

Rejection Letter:

MLA or Phone interview scheduled: (12/15)

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted: according to March 24 rejection email

NOTES AND QUERIES:

I am just curious if anyone else found the deadline for this job to be early. Is this a sign that there is an inside job candidate?

  • It is a bit early, but this dept. is also running a search for an Americanist VAP with the same deadline, so I'm not sure it means "inside candidate" . . . maybe it's just how they roll there . . .?
  • I truly hope the early deadlines do not mean that this department is planning to get a "jump" on other schools and make job offers before the MLA convention. Aside from the fact that this will create the potential for some very unpleasant business, I believe that early hiring is contrary to policies established by the MLA
  • Not to worry. If I remember the job posting correctly, they are planning on interviewing at the MLA this year.

Does anyone know if this job search is still on? It has been quite a while since the deadline, and I would think that if they wanted to interview at MLA there would have been some word from the committee by now.

I wouldn't worry. There has yet to be word from most of these jobs. From what I've seen personally this year, committees may be taking advantage of the later MLA meeting date to take more time considering applications.

University of Tennessee (Post-Doc)Edit

From MLA JIL (February 18):

Postion: The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville invites applications for the 2011-2012 Jimmy and Dee Haslam Postdoctoral Fellowship, a one-year fellowship to be held August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012 and renewable for one year. The Haslam Fellowship is open to untenured scholars in any field of medieval or Renaissance studies whose work falls in the period 300-1700 C.E. The Institute hopes to attract a scholar of outstanding potential with an innovative research plan, who will participate fully in the intellectual life of the Marco community. During the course of the year, the Fellow will teach one upper division undergraduate class and one graduate seminar in his or her field of expertise. The Fellow may teach both courses in a single semester if her or his research plan warrants that arrangement, and will be eligible to apply for travel funding through the Institute. Salary is $40,000 and includes full benefits. Applications, including curriculum vitae, a detailed research plan (2 single-spaced pages), and two letters of reference, should be sent to Prof. Heather Hirschfeld, Riggsby Director, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee, Dunford Hall, sixth floor, 915 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-4065 by April 1, 2011. More information is available at http://web.utk.edu/~marco/.

Deadline: April 1

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made: 4/25

Offer accepted: 4/28 (according to Medieval page)

NOTES:

Cross-posted at Medieval 2011

University of Victoria (BC)Edit

Link

Subfield/description: "entry-level tenure track position in the areas of Digital Humanities and Literary Studies. Expertise in textual studies and/or the ability to contribute to the Internet Shakespeare Editions may be an advantage"

Deadline: Oct 31, 2010

NOTE: this is a repeat of a search from last year: see Renaissance 2010 for details on last year's search.

This is primarily a Digital Humanities job, not Renaissance. See comments on previous search.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials: see below

Rejection Letter: see below

Campus interview scheduled: see below

Offer made:

Offer accepted: (From "Drama . . . New Media" page): "Announced that a candidate has accepted."

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • Cross-posted at Drama, Speech, Film & New Media 2011
  • Note the following from "Drama . . . New Media" page: "Request for Additional Materials: 11/25 email; Rejection Letter: 12/15 x 2 (snail mail) Letter reports that 4 people were invited to interview; Campus interview scheduled: 12/9 by phone."

University of Warwick (UK)Edit

From MLA JIL (12/10):

Assistant or Associate Professor in Shakespeare, Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture [14169] Assistant Professor £36,715 - £43,840 pa Associate Professor £45,155 - £52,347 pa You will undertake advanced research in an appropriate field of study in English and Comparative Literatures; enhance existing research groups in an appropriate field and undertake teaching and other academic duties. You will be emerging or have an already established international standing in an appropriate field of study in English and Comparative Literatures and you will have an appropriate level of teaching experience. In exceptional circumstances the University may appoint at professorial level should suitable candidates apply. Interview date: w/c 21 March 2011 For further information and to apply online please visit www.warwick.ac.uk/jobs [R]

Deadline: The closing date/time for applications is midnight (British time) at the end of Tuesday 18 January 2011.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter: Feb 11 (email)

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of WashingtonEdit

link

Subfield/description: "primarily early modern/late medieval literature and culture, with emphasis in drama"

Deadline: November 10

Acknowledgment received: email 10/18, 10/27

Request for Additional Materials: 10/28, (email) 11/3 (x2) <-- What was requested? Just the affirmative action statement, or academic materials? R: Letters and writing sample, 11/9 (x2), 11/12 (x2), 11/17 (x2), (12/03)

Rejection Letter: rejection email, 12/13 (x6)

MLA interview scheduled: 12/10 via email (x2)

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Western Ontario (Canada)Edit

English - Assistant Professor (Renaissance/Early Modern Non-Dramatic literature)

The University of Western Ontario Location: Ontario Date posted: 2010-12-10

link to University Affairs

The Department of English, The University of Western Ontario (http://www.uwo.ca/english/) invites applications for a probationary (tenure-track) position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin 1 July 2011, in Renaissance/Early Modern Non-Dramatic literature. Additional expertise in a number of approaches to the field are also welcome; these might include (but are not limited to) ecocriticism and the history of science, gender and sexuality, postcolonial studies, textual studies, theory, and visual culture. The completed PhD, or equivalent, and experience and promise in teaching and research are minimum qualifications; published work is advantageous. For PhD candidates in the final stages of the thesis, supervisors must provide written confirmation of the completion date for applications to be considered. Send letter of application with curriculum vitae and copies of transcripts, a writing sample, and three letters of reference to: Dr. J. Plug, Chair, Department of English, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, N6A 3K7. Applications must be received by February 4, 2011. Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities.

Deadline: 4 February, 2010

Acknowledgment received: 31 Jan, snail mail; Feb. 15 (snail mail)

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 16th March

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Western Sydney (Australia)Edit

From MLA JIL (10/22):

Research Lecturer in Literature (equivalent to Assistant Professor) [13753] The University of Western Sydney, Australia, provides opportunities to teach and research alongside scholars of international standing in the School of Humanities and Languages and many of Australia’s foremost novelists and poets, including Gail Jones, Nick Jose and Alexis Wright among others in the Writing and Society Research Group. Applications are invited from early career researchers (within 5 years of award of PhD) with an established track record in literary studies. Particular areas of interest include: Shakespeare and modern drama, the modern novel, Comparative Literature, World Literature, and Literary Translation. See https://uws.nga.net.au/cp/ for submission information, position description and salary details (reference number 1040/10). Position Enquiries : Professor Nancy E. Wright nancy.wright@uws.edu.au

Closing Date: 31 October 2010

Acknowledgment received:

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled: 11/22; interview in late November, was told they would decide before Christmas break, and still no answer as of 1/10--has anyone heard anything?

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

University of Wisconsin-MadisonEdit

From MLA JIL:

"The Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to make an appointment at the assistant professor level in early modern English literature and culture beginning August 2011. This position is part of a joint initiative of UW-Madison and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to foster humanities research and teaching that crosses intellectual, disciplinary, and territorial boundaries. We especially welcome applicants whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries: these could include literature and religion, early modern print culture, literature and visual culture, literature and early modern intellectual history, trans-Atlantic studies, and the global Renaissance. The candidate appointed will help the department maintain core capabilities in the teaching of early modern English literature, while contributing to inter-disciplinary areas of knowledge that cross the boundaries of existing academic departments. Please submit a CV, a letter describing interests and capabilities, an example of scholarly work, and evidence of teaching excellence to Prof. Theresa Kelley, Chair, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November, 14, 2010."

Acknowledgment received: by email 11/2 (X5), 11/4 x2

Request for Additional Materials: 11/19 Request for writing sample via email (x3); 11/ 29 email stating application still under consideration.

Q: Was this a request for a second writing sample? Thanks.

Rejection Letter: 12/2 via email (see below)

MLA interview scheduled: emailed 12/16; scheduled for 1/7.

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted: Someone who was already an asst. prof. at a research school accepted this offer a while ago. (5/16)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • NOTA BENE: The MLA JIL listing for this job has changed vis-a-vis what to send with one's application. It now reads: "Please submit a CV, a letter of application describing research and teaching strengths, and a recommendation dossier to Prof. Theresa Kelley...." etc.
  • O.K. Am I crazy, or has this post been removed from the JIL as well?
  • The ad expired on 10/29 -- you can still see it if you search expired listings.
  • My bad. Sorry, folks.
  • Anyone know whether or not this is a TT position?
  • Generally an ad for an "assistant professor" is for a regular tenure-track position, especially at an R1. If it is a limited appointment, it will be listed as a visiting position or as a Lecturer position, with an indication of how often the person might be reappointed. Is there a reason why you would think otherwise?
  • Confirmed: the position is t-t.
  • I received a somewhat strange email informing me that because my application was received after the deadline, it was not among those being evaluated for consideration. I mailed it two days before the deadline, so even though the postmarked date would have been on time, I imagine that it may indeed not have been received in time. Still, I found this email oddly punitive. Any thoughts?
  • The job ad says very clearly: "To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November, 14, 2010." If a postmark by that date was sufficient, that's what the ad would say. That may seem arbitrary or silly, but there are often legal parameters about treating all applicants the same way in the hiring process. Sorry, I know it's rotten to learn something like this the hard way. You really ought to aim for an application to arrive a full week before the deadline if you can manage it.

University of Wisconsin-ParksideEdit

Subfield/description: "Teach 21 credits per year (often reduced to 18 because of scholarly or service activities). Among the courses taught each year would be: Assorted courses in British literature from the 15th - 18th century, Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, and Early British drama"

Link

Deadline: full consideration for apps received by 10-20-10, but open until filled. Note: job has been reposted with a new deadline: "Applications received by November 20th, 2010 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled." LINK

Acknowledgment received: 9/23, 10/7, 10/17, 10/20, 11/9

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone/MLA interview scheduled: 12/1 (email)

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Was a hire ever made for this position? Did they interview more than one person?

University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterEdit

From MLA JIL (11/5):

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks an Assistant Professor in Shakespeare, responsible for teaching Shakespeare, the first half of the British literature survey, and freshman composition. The candidate is responsible for a 12-hour teaching load, including freshman composition courses, which include composition and literature. Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature and culture in hand by starting date, 24 August 2011. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Application letter, curriculum vitae, 3 recommendations, and copies of transcripts by 7 January 2011 to Shakespeare Search Committee / Department of Languages & Literatures / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater / Whitewater, WI 53190-1790. For more information, see http://www.uww.edu/employment/unclassified.html

Deadline: Jan. 7, 2011

Acknowledgment received: 1/28 via snail mail

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled:

Campus interview scheduled: 2/1

Offer made: yes (early March)

Offer accepted: yes

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • One of my peers from my PhD program is on the TT here, and he says it's a good place to work. It's also fairly close to Milwaukee, which is a good town, despite its reputation. Might not be too bad of a job. The theater scene in Milwaukee is good, and they have a lot of nice restaurants. Good luck everybody.
  • Wow! In the acknowledgment letter that I got, they said they received "nearly 80" applications. That's the smallest number of applications I've ever heard of for a Shakespeare job in the 4 years I've been on the job market. I'm feeling good about the odds!
  • I have confirmation from my dossier service regarding receipt of my submission, but no acknowledgement from the university. Anyone else in this boat? I only ask because they already seem to be inviting folks to campus. (I realize they might be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, but I thought it worth putting this out there)

US Naval AcademyEdit

MLA JIL:

'"'Assistant Professor of Early Modern Literature

We anticipate (pending budgetary approval) a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Early Modern Literature, with an interest in Milton. We welcome subspecialties in Composition Theory, Creative Writing, and Film Studies. Tenure-track faculty teach courses at all levels of the curriculum, including sections of our Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature sequence. While this sequence is required of all first-year students, we individually design our own sections. The Naval Academy also has a comprehensive major in English, beginning with required survey courses. We are especially interested in candidates who are strongly committed to the teaching of writing. The position begins in fall 2011. Teaching Load: 9 hours/semester, Ph.D. in literature by August 2011 required. Letter and vita to Professor Michael Parker by November 8."

Acknowledgment received: 10/28 (regular mail), 10/29 (regular mail), 11/8 (email), 11/15 (regular mail)

Request for additional materials: 11/5 dossier and writing sample (x2); 11/12 ditto (x3); 11/19 (x2)

Rejection (no interview):

MLA or phone interview scheduled: 12/17 (x2)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

  • heard (second-hand) of a campus visit scheduled here shortly after MLA.

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made: (see below)

Offer accepted: I heard from someone at USNA that an offer was made and accepted, approx. 2/10

  • Yes, received a letter today saying the search had concluded and an offer accepted (2/19).

NOTES AND QUERIES:

  • The Naval Academy search for this job was canceled two years ago (for 2009-10) for budgetary reasons, as was the Harvard job now posted. It seems to me the Washington U job was also posted last year. Did they not find the right candidate?
  • A: Yes, Harvard and Naval Acad. searches were canceled 2 years ago, see Renaissance 2009. Also see Renaissance 2010 for WUSTL's search last year.
  • Does a dossier include anything beyond one's letters of recommendation?
  • Nope, just LORs. Some programs advise you to include your c.v. in the dossier -- I think that's a bad idea, since the SC already has your most recent c.v., so you don't want another, possibly outdated copy floating around in your app materials (in other disciplines and professions the dossier may include other stuff). --Thanks!
  • Hey 11/12 dossier folks! -- approx. when were your applications received? A: ack. received (regular mail) on 11/06.

Vanderbilt University (Mellon Assistant Professor, 3 year appt.)Edit

From MLA JIL April 1:

Mellon Assistant Professor of English [14691] The Department of English at Vanderbilt University seeks a scholar of early modern literature for a three-year, non-tenure-track appointment as Mellon Assistant Professor of English. Candidates must have PhD in hand before the start of the appointment in the fall semester, 2011. In addition, in accordance with Mellon Foundation guidelines, applicants must have received the PhD no more than four years from the start of the position. Please send a letter of application, CV, writing sample, and dossier to Mark Schoenfield, Chair, Department of English, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Station B Box 351654, Nashville, TN 37235-1654. The search committee will begin screening candidates on May 1, 2011, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.[R]

Deadline: May 1

Acknowledgment received: 5/6 by mail

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: Skype interview scheduled for 5/24 x 2

Campus interview scheduled:

Offer made: 5/27: heard second-hand that an offer has been made here

Offer accepted: yes

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Has the offer been accepted, has anyone heard? yes (6/5)

Washington University in St LouisEdit

MLA JIL:

"Washington University in St Louis, Department of English: Assistant Professorship in Early Modern literature (Ph.D. expected by 15 August 2011), with expertise in at least two of the following three subfields: Shakespeare; Tudor and pre-Restoration Stuart drama; sixteenth-century literature. Please send letter of application, dossier and précis of dissertation to Joseph Loewenstein, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of English, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, Box 1122, St. Louis, MO 63130. Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2010, but the search will continue until the position is filled."

  • Some friendly advice: don't ever post any updates here that might compromise your anonymity; don't post from your campus IP, e.g.
  • To add to this, it is a really good idea to create a Username for posting on this site, as that will always mask your IP address.

Acknowledgment received: 10/19 by email

Request for additional materials: 10/27 email request for writing sample (x2); 11/2, also by email (x5), 11/08 (x2), 11/09, 11/15

  • also 11/3 but revoked three hours later with comment that "We have not yet reached this stage in the application process."

Rejection (no interview): 11/20 by regular mail, 11/29 by regular mail (x2), 12/6 by regular mail

MLA interview scheduled: 12/6, by email (x5)

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 1/10 via phone

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: offer made & accepted, early Feb. (second-hand report)

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Last year Washington University had a Renaissance search too. Did that search fail, or is this a search for another position?

  • According to Renaissance 2010, last year's search "ended with no hire." So I assume this is a repeat.
  • From what I heard, they narrowed down to one candidate -- an entry-level assistant prof who wanted to make a lateral move -- who ended up bailing out in the end. So the search continues.

These folks seem to have scheduled over twice as many MLA interviews (5) as other R1 schools (average of 2). Just a fluke that they've chosen more people active on this wiki, or are they interviewing a crowd of people?

  • Have heard they are interviewing around 11 at MLA , which is about the normal number. Also, this position had around 200 applicants total.

West Chester University (PA) -- Digital/New Media + Early ModernEdit

LINK

"West Chester University is seeking applicants for the position of digital literary studies and new media with the historical period open, but with particular departmental needs in the early modern period. In addition to an ability to develop new courses and teach within her/his literary specialization, the successful candidates may demonstrate interest in developing and teaching distance education and online courses. The teaching load is 4/4 with two courses each semester in general education writing. The successful candidate should have the PhD (in English, Comparative Literature, or other field with literary studies focus) by August 2011, and should have experience teaching core courses in the major, digital-humanities-related courses, and first-year writing. Interest in innovative course development and delivery is also sought. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate competence with digital humanities tools and an active research agenda through a history of conference presentations as well as involvement in digital humanities project(s)."

Deadline: Review of applications will begin October 24, 2010 and continue until position is filled. (Note: MLA version of this ad says review begins October 20)

Acknowledgment received: letter 11/27

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

MLA interview scheduled via email: 12/14

Campus interview scheduled: From "Drama . . .New Media" page: "Campus interview scheduled: 1/24 (phone)"

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

West Chester University (PA) -- Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century LiteratureEdit

From MLA JIL (10/1):

West Chester University is seeking a specialist in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Literatures in English. Strengths should be in theorizing and teaching these periods across cultures, whether European/Asian/Middle Eastern or other. The teaching load is 4/4 with two courses each semester in general education writing. Experience teaching courses in Shakespeare at the advanced level as well as First-year Writing required. Interest in innovative course development and delivery is sought. The successful candidate must demonstrate an active research agenda through conference presentations and articles submitted for publication. Ph.D. in hand by August 2011. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Send letter of interest, vita, three letters of recommendation, and graduate and undergraduate transcripts to Dr. Anne Herzog, Chair, Department of English, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383-2124. Review of applications will begin October 26, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Full ad can be viewed at http://www.wcupa.edu/scripts/vacancies/v-list.asp.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin October 26, 2010 and continue until position is filled. Note: Ads on University HR (link below) and HigherEdJobs.com both state that review begins Oct. 15.

- I contacted them about this; all ads now specify October 26.

Acknowledgment received: letter 10/20, letter 11/16

Request for Additional Materials:

Rejection Letter:

Phone interview scheduled: 12/13

Campus interview scheduled: 1/16 (heard through grapevine)

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Wheaton CollegeEdit

Link

"The English department at Wheaton College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in 17th or 18th century British Literature. The ideal candidate will have enthusiasm for teaching our British literature survey, general education literature, and composition courses."

Deadline: Nov. 12

Acknowledgment received: 10/26

Request for additional materials: 11/22, via email (X3)

Rejection (no interview): 1/14 (email)

MLA or phone interview scheduled:

Rejection (after MLA or phone interview): 1/21 via e mail

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted: 3/25: I heard through the grapevine that a hire has been made here.

NOTES AND QUERIES:

Comments from Restoration Wiki:

"NOTE: "Wheaton College is a highly selective evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty members affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of our Community Covenant."

Not sure if the hire is replacing this particular English prof, but I thought this was interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/education/04wheaton.html?ref=us

  • Thanks for posting this! I'm wondering if any prospective applicants are concerned about how one would teach some of the bawdy literature of the Restoration at an evangelical school. How would one teach Rochester?"
  • I imagine you might stick with his satires -- still racy, but hardly "The Disappointment" - in fact, I wonder if it might not be a better bet to stick with Hogarth and the implied editorial perspective on moral degeneracy.
  • Milton is the guy to teach in this particular case.
  • It's about contextualization. I've taught Aristophanes in a lurid translation at a similar institution. If you are truly in agreement with the Statement of Faith and Community Covenant -- i.e. if you share a common faith with the students, colleagues, and administration--course content shouldn't really pose a problem.

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