Herman Melville Distinguished Professorship in American Literature

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POST DATE 9/3/2016
END DATE 12/16/2016

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS
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Doctoral Degree


Position Overview
The University of Kansas English Department invites candidates to apply for a newly endowed Herman Melville Distinguished Professorship in American Literature. For this tenured faculty position at the Distinguished Professor level, we seek a prominent senior scholar whose work critically re-engages the writings of one or more of the following writers Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman as well as other writings and writers from the mid-nineteenth century U.S. We have a particular interest in scholars engaged by critical race theory, feminism, and/or ecocriticism but welcome a variety of possible methodological approaches.

The faculty member will be expected to publish and teach courses in the specialty; serve on graduate student committees, direct theses and dissertations, and perform advising responsibilities; serve on departmental, College, and University committees; and perform service to the profession.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see www.provost.ku.edu/planning/themes/.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

* Research, write, and publish in the specialty of mid-nineteenth century U.S. literature in refereed national or international publications.

* Maintain an active and productive research program. Attend and present findings at professional conferences.


* Teach introductory through graduate-level courses. Distinguished Professors typically teach three courses each academic year. Perform advising responsibilities.

* Serve on graduate student committees and direct theses and dissertations.

* Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.

* Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.

* Participate in the research advising of students including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.


* Serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees and actively contribute to the workings of the University community.

* Participate in professional service.

COLLEGIALITY All faculty are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.

Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research and teaching in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in c.v., and (3) information provided from three professional references.

* Ph.D. in English or a related field.

* A demonstrated commitment to the study of mid-nineteenth century U.S. literature, including works by some or all of the authors named above.

* A record of excellence in teaching at the college or university level.

* A significant distinguished record of research and scholarly publication in refereed national or international publications, such as journal articles, books, and scholarly digital projects.

* Eligibility for appointment with tenure at the Distinguished Professor level: Candidates should have a distinguished international reputation for research and publication in their area of specialization. They should be significantly engaged in other professional activities and provide evidence of outstanding teaching abilities. It is expected that candidates should be tenured full professors or have equivalent credentials.

Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application consists of a cover letter, CV, Letter of Application, and Contact Information (including email) for 3 references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Review of applications begins on 11/15/2016 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants
Anna Neill, Chair, Department of English
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., 3001 Wescoe Hall
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

E-mail contact, Bob Elliott, Assistant to the Chair: relliott@ku.edu.

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application Review Begins

Anticipated Start Date

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