Until filled – assistant professor in American film and literature

american film and literature assistant professor

What, when & where

The English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks an Assistant Professor in U.S. literature and film studies to begin in the fall semester of 2019. The candidate should have an active research agenda that demonstrates a scholarly trajectory in both U.S. literatures and film studies and experience teaching in both areas. The faculty member who joins the department will contribute to the department’s longstanding strength in U.S. literature and growing new minor in Cinema and Media Studies and will have the opportunity to participate in the university’s Core Humanities and Gender, Race, and Identity programs.

The teaching load will include both undergraduate and graduate courses. Faculty who teach and mentor graduate students and engage in scholarly research typically have a 2/2 load. The English Department supports interdisciplinary work and offers undergraduate degrees in literature, writing, and linguistics, as well as MA, MFA, and PhD degrees.

Applicants possessing or expecting PhDs in English, Cinema and Media Studies or related fields no later than July 1, 2019, are invited to apply. Desired secondary areas might include: U.S. ethnic cinemas, digital humanities, film theory, indigenous studies, queer theory, or regionalist literature. An active and promising research agenda is expected, as are experience and promise as an excellent teacher. Successful candidates must be able to teach courses and pursue a research agenda in both film studies and U.S. literature and must demonstrate an ability to support the university’s commitment to inclusiveness.

Preferred Qualifications

A track record of campus programming or community engagement is preferred, including experience developing curriculum and programming.

Department Information

The University of Nevada, Reno, is ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s top tier of “best national universities.” Our student enrollment of some 22,000 includes nearly 3,000 graduate students. Nearly half of incoming students identify as being from an underrepresented group. In accordance with the university’s land grant, tier one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a multicultural environment.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Contact Information for this position

  • Search Co-Chair Katherine Fusco, kfusco@unr.edu
  • Search Co-Chair-Michael Branch, mbranch@unr.edu
  • Search coordinator-Brenda Kishpaugh, bkishpaugh@unr.edu

Deadline & how to apply

Required Attachment(s)

Please attach the following documents to your application. Please contact jobs@unr.edu, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:

  • 1) Resume/CV
  • 2) Cover Letter
  • 3) Contact information for three professional references
  • 4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute in your research and teaching toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying

Other info, Links & conditions

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver’s license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

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Please note that applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources helpline at (775) 784-1495 or jobs@unr.edu.


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