Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

Search #: 494818
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


The University of Connecticut is pleased to invite applications for a faculty position in the Department of English at the tenure-track rank of Assistant Professor whose research or creative work and teaching would contribute to various writing initiatives within and beyond the department. UConn’s English department features a vibrant Creative Writing program; a new interdisciplinary Writing Studies minor; new curriculum in First-Year Writing; a robust Writing Center; strong, state-wide connections across writing programs at five UConn campuses (Storrs, Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury); the Aetna Endowed Chair in Writing; a dedicated committee on undergraduate writing instruction; the long-standing Connecticut Writing Project; and an expansive Early College Education (ECE) dual credit writing network. Our dynamic Ph.D. program in English supports graduate students involved in creative writing, composition and rhetoric, writing studies, and writing program administration and research. The English Department works actively with interdisciplinary programs across campuses including the Africana Studies Institute, American Studies, the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, El Instituto, the Human Rights Institute, Judaic Studies, Medieval Studies, and the Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, among others. We are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of scholars and students.

We invite applications from scholars and writers with expertise in a number of possible fields, such as ecocriticism, nature writing, and environmental justice; creative non-fiction; editing and publishing; and multi-modal writing.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition such as honorific awards. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, innovative courses and instruction methods, and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Completion of Ph.D. is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire. Teaching assignment will consist of four courses per year. The successful candidate will work with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to support our writing programs, broadly conceived.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Ph.D. in English or other relevant field, or an MFA (with a focus on creative non-fiction). Degree in hand by time of appointment.
  • A robust research/creative agenda as evidenced by publications in their fields.


  • Record of scholarship or publication in environmental justice from a Native/Indigenous Studies or Ethnic Studies point of view.
  • Expertise in anti-racist research, writing, or praxis.
  • Record of innovative pedagogy.
  • Experience in environmental justice or anti-racism pedagogy.
  • Expertise in interdisciplinary pedagogy.
  • Experience with public engagement.


This is a full-time, 9-month tenured appointment with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter of no more than 3 single-spaced pages that addresses: overall qualifications; current and future research agendas; teaching philosophy and markers of excellence; and relevant administrative and leadership experience.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including how you invite broad participation, integrate multicultural experiences in your pedagogy and research to meet the needs of diverse learners and learning styles, etc.)
  • Sample journal articles or books.
  • Three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. If you have a question about the position please contact the Head of the English Department, Bob Hasenfratz ([email protected]).

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Oct 16 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Nov 16 2020 Eastern Standard Time




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Posted: 10/17/2020
Application Due: 11/16/2020
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