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Assistant Professor of American Literatures

Illinois Wesleyan University
English Department
Assistant Professor of American Literatures

Job Details:

Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for the tenure line position of Assistant Professor in the English Department. This position will begin in Fall 2023. Salary is competitive and provides excellent benefits.


Institutional Information:

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a highly competitive small liberal arts institution located in Bloomington, Ill.

The English Department offers a major with concentrations in Literature and Writing. We offer minors in English, Creative Writing, and Journalism and Communication. A significant percentage of our English majors also major in Education Studies. Many of our students study abroad, receive academic credit for internships, pursue independent studies, and conduct honors research. The English Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community.



Candidates must have a PhD in English, American Studies, Comparative Literature, or a related field by August 1, 2023. We seek candidates who specialize in and can deliver engaging courses that focus on African American literature, Asian American literature, diasporic studies, disability studies, gender studies, queer studies, global literatures, Latinx literature, and/or Native American literature. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach American literatures before 1900

Candidates must be dedicated to undergraduate education, enthusiastic about professional engagement with students in and out of the classroom, and able to work in teams in a collegial environment.



This position requires one to be an active scholar and a skillful teacher. The typical teaching load is three classes per semester. Tenure track faculty members also provide academic advising to students and participate in department and university service. 


Special Notes:

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO employer.
Review of applications will begin on October 17; however, applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.


To Apply:

Submit the following as separate .pdf attachments to IWU English department Administrative Specialist Erin Burnison at

  1. A cover letter addressing qualifications, including scholarly achievement and plans for future scholarly work; teaching philosophy, experience, and aspirations; and service to relevant disciplines, institutions, and/or communities;
  2. A CV that includes contact information for three professional references; and 
  3. A clear statement describing how research, teaching, service, and/or work beyond the university have provided preparation for contributing to our commitment to address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of historic marginalization.

Candidates selected for the next stage of the search will be asked to submit additional materials, including three letters of recommendation and a writing sample.


Questions may be directed to:
Mike Theune, Chair
Department of English
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900

Telephone: (309) 556-3168