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Assistant Professor, British Literature

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in British Literature, open area, to begin Fall 2022.


The English Department at the University of Cincinnati offers the Ph.D. in Literature and a B.A. major and minor with concentration in Literary and Cultural Studies. We are a large and robust Department which houses the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama & Playwriting, the George Elliston Poetry Room, the Cincinnati Review, an annual Visiting Writers Series, and an undergraduate literary journal, among other projects and collaborations. As a Research I institution, the University of Cincinnati is home to the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, which provides competitive research support and programming in the humanities. The City of Cincinnati also offers unique opportunities for community outreach, including with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Essential Functions

The responsibilities for this position include: a 2-2 teaching load of both undergraduate and graduate classes in English, including teaching Shakespeare through the application of innovative methods; advising graduate students (including participation on exam and dissertation committees); writing and publication in one’s area(s) of expertise, including but not limited to literature at the intersections of race and ethnicity, inclusive of anti-colonial studies, postcolonial studies and/or performance studies, and/or an interdisciplinary focus on African diaspora, Anglophone, Asian Pacific Islander, Black Atlantic, Indigenous, Latinx, migration, Queer, and transatlantic literature; and service to the department, university, and profession.


The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to innovate in our Surveys of English Literature courses, and may contribute to the growing interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies and Film and Media Studies.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have earned their Ph.D. in English & Comparative Literature or a related field prior to August 15, 2022.  


The University and Department are dedicated to the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We seek candidates who demonstrate in their Diversity & Inclusion Statement strong evidence of a commitment to advancing these central values of our department and campus. Candidates should outline their  commitment to teaching and mentoring students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and students from diverse backgrounds.

Application Process

Interersted and qualified candidates must complete our online application form.  In addition to the online application you must include a cover letter, current CV, the names and contact information for three references, a one-page statement of the applicant’s experiences with or contributions to diversity and inclusion and an 8-10 page sample of scholarly writing. The sample of scholarly writing could be a writing sample that is in progress or published. Please use the additional documents feature to include all of the required items. Reference letters should be addressed to: Leah Stewart, Head, Department of English, University of Cincinnati, ML0069, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069.


Application review will begin on November 5, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependant on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 72541


Assistant Professor, British Literature

Date:  Nov 9, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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