Assistant Professor of U.S./Caribbean/Latinx Literature at Westmont College Print

Deadline for Applications:

The Department of English at Westmont College invites applications for an Americanist with interests in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. This is a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, to begin August 2024. The position requires expertise in one or more areas in literatures of the Americas, with preferred interest in 20th- and 21st-century writers. Candidates who adopt comparative approaches between nations, or who focus on translations between English and other languages (or vice versa), are especially welcome to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a 3/3 load (24 units per year), which will include upper- and lower-division literature and writing courses. Texts from Latin America and/or the Caribbean should be taught in English translation, although we welcome teaching and research that critiques the work of translation. All colleagues in the English Department regularly teach introductory Writing for the Liberal Arts (Composition) courses.

Minimum qualifications: (1) an earned Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, American Studies, or another appropriate field by the date of appointment; (2) a record of an active research agenda with specialization in two of these three areas: (a) U.S. literature (particularly Latinx, Native American, or Asian American literature), (b) Latin American literature, (c) Caribbean Literature; (3) a demonstrated commitment to excellence in the college-level teaching of literature as well as composition; (4) a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service. Preferred additional qualifications: (1) interest in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching; (2) interest in contributing to interdisciplinary minors, such as Global Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies, and/or Writing; (3) interest in developing courses for Westmont’s general education requirement in Justice, Reconciliation, and Diversity on Biblical and Theological Grounds; (4) interest in leading off-campus study programs.

Westmont College, a liberal arts college in the Protestant evangelical tradition, seeks faculty who are committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduates, maintaining a program of scholarly activity, and advancing our mission of Christian liberal arts education. In keeping with that mission and its vision of the kingdom of God, the college is committed to building and supporting a culturally and academically diverse faculty and student body. Benefits include a faculty housing program.

Use this link to access the preliminary application, which will ask you to submit a cover letter and a CV with contact information for three references. In the cover letter, applicants should indicate specific ways in which they can actively embrace the Christian identity and mission of the college. This position is eligible for the college’s generous benefits package including relocation and housing assistance.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Sarah Skripsky, search chair of the English department, at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin in October 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Pay Range: $72,617 to $103,698The pay range posted for this job opening reflects what Westmont College reasonably expects to pay for this position at the time of posting. Actual compensation will vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, education, training, skill level, rank, and market conditions.