Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in English

College: College of Arts

Department: School of English & Theatre Studies

Date Posted: February 10, 2022
Deadline: March 11, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-12

Position Description:

The School of English & Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in English, with Specialization in Environmental Literatures and Ecocritical Inquiry and/or Decolonial and Indigenous Studies. Often these two areas of research have overlapping mandates and methodologies, but this search is open to scholars who consider themselves specialists in one or the other field regardless of period or location. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2022.

The School has diverse strengths in Improvisation Studies; Colonial, Postcolonial, and Diasporic Studies; Canadian Literature; Creative Writing; Early Modern Studies; Media, Technology and Literacy in the Digital Humanities; Studies in Performance and Politics; Sexuality and Gender Studies; and Transnational Nineteenth-Century Studies. Award-winning and dynamic faculty complement a renewed infrastructure. Innovative and agile majors and minors allow English and Theatre Studies students to examine a wide range of literatures of different historical periods and geographical locations and connect them to current debates on critical theory, cultural studies, and gender studies.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of courses in their given areas, both large lecture and seminar classes, and will be nominated as graduate faculty in order to supervise thesis projects, and to serve on advisory committees.

The objective is to hire someone whose research and teaching speaks to the urgent political dilemmas facing present and future generations. That work can be situated in conventionally defined historical periods and literatures, or it can be staged in relation to wider definitions of tradition, community, environment, sociability, and mediation. Applicants should consider this as an opportunity to further the discipline-wide movement towards decolonization, the historical understanding of climate justice, and the interconnectedness of social and environmental justice. The preferred candidate will have a specialization demonstrated by publications in any of the following areas: environmental and climate literatures, eco-criticism, Indigenous cultural expression, decolonial writing. Applicants are encouraged to envision both how our current course offerings might be inflected to suit these needs and how our curriculum might be re-structured in the coming years.

Degree requirement: PhD in English and/or fields closely related to the above areas of specialization. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of a program of established scholarly research in the area of specialization, successful teaching at the university level, and the ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on Friday, March 11, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching dossier that includes sample course outlines, student and/or peer evaluations, and a teaching statement. Evidence of research specialization must include a writing sample (article or chapter length publication). Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent under separate cover. Applications and reference letters should be sent to the attention of:

Professor Martha Nandorfy
School of English & Theatre Studies
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: setshr@uoguelph.ca

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and M├ętis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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