University of California, Merced — Assistant Professor of 19th-Century American Poetry

The Department of Literatures and Languages at UC Merced is seeking to hire a faculty member at the Assistant (tenure‐track) level in 19th‐Century American Poetry. Candidates in all areas of 19th‐Century American Poetry are encouraged to apply, but we are particularly interested in applicants who research and teach environmental literature and eco‐criticism; critical race studies; indigenous studies; feminist theory; and/or engage with writers or areas traditionally marginalized in the academy. 

This is a unique opportunity for an individual to join the faculty at the newest University of California campus and to engage in long‐term program building. We seek outstanding scholars who will establish and maintain creative research programs; participate actively in the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs and research; and teach effectively in the undergraduate English Program and Interdisciplinary Humanities graduate program. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in literature, English, or a closely related field by the position start date and a strong record of publication. 

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020. 

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than October 4, 2019 in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) a writing sample that is either a journal article or book chapter; 6) a contributions to diversity statement; and, 7) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e‐mail address. 

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit http://facultyexcellence.ucsd.edu/c2d/index.html#Are‐there‐any‐guidelines‐for‐wr. 

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than October 18, 2019. 

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy. 

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Professor Matthew Kaiser, matthew.kaiser@ucmerced.edu. Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF00857. 

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (https://www.ucmerced.edu/fast‐facts), UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (https://merced2020.ucmerced.edu). 

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