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Colby College
Waterville, ME

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Visiting Assistant Professor of 20th and 21st-century American literature, with a specialty in African American literature

Waterville, ME
Open Date:
Dec 6, 2023

The Department of English at Colby College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in 20th and 21st-century American literature, with a specialty in African American literature, for the 2024-2025 academic year. Teaching responsibilities will include five courses, including African American literature, core requirements for majors, and one writing-intensive course for first-year students. PhD must be in hand no later than August 2024.

Colby is a highly selective liberal arts college recognized for excellence in undergraduate education and close student-faculty interaction. We seek candidates who, through their scholarship, teaching and service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community. The English Department at Colby is unusual among liberal arts colleges in offering majors in English, in English with a concentration in Literature and the Environment, and in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Many students from across campus also minor in English or in Creative Writing. We support a lively array of lectures, faculty work-in-progress seminars, and readings, and we foster both student and faculty research through grants and off-campus opportunities.


PhD must be in hand no later than August 2024.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit applications through Interfolio, addressed to Katherine Stubbs, Chair, Department of English Applicants should submit a cover letter, cv, statement of teaching philosophy that demonstrates a commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Application review will begin on January 31, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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