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Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)Edit

The Division of English at NTU seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Literary Theory. This is a generalist position insofar as no period specialization is required, but secondary interests in all periods are welcome. Rank is contingent on the successful candidate's experience and qualifications. The Division of English at NTU is an established academic department in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The teaching load is appropriate to that of a research university (2/2). NTU is a rapidly growing university that is committed to a comprehensive educational experience in a multicultural environment. It offers highly competitive annual salaries and strong support for faculty research and publication. Candidates for Associate or Full Professor will be expected to have a significant record of publication. To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, writing sample, and names only of three referees to Applications may also be sent by traditional mail or airmail to: The Search Committee c/o Head, Division of English (A/P Neil Murphy), Nanyang Technological University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 14 Nanyang Drive (#03-78), Singapore 637332.


Deadline: Review of applications begins March 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Phone interview scheduled: 3/11

Rejection (after phone interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES: Cross-posted at Generalist 2011

Not a good year...

  • True, but there are almost never theory jobs. They are usually also aligned with a period or with critical race or gender/sexuality studies. Last year, there were three flat-out theory jobs, and that's the most I've ever seen posted here in, say, the past four to five years.
  • I hear you -- I've been around for the same length of time. Still, the giants of the first "theory boom" are all nearing the age of retirement (i.e., Culler, Jameson, Spivak, Weber, etc. are all between 60 and 70). I guess that I'm hopeful that some of their positions will be filled by younger theorists. I know that theory doesn't have the place in the academy that it once did, but there still seems to be a tacit assumption that one ought to have a rough knowledge of the position of Foucault, Derrida, and co. to teach in the field.
  • I'd say that's only true for research schools (those with Ph.D. programs). I have a theory position at a liberal arts college, and only two or three other people in our department are conversant in theory. In contrast, all but a couple people in my Ph.D.-granting institution "did" theory in meaningful ways. In general, any school that hires someone as its theory person is a department where few people do theory; otherwise, they wouldn't devote a line to that field.

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