Job Position due Nov 15: The Herman Melville Distinguished Professorship in American Literature – University of Kansas

The Herman Melville Distinguished Professorship in American Literature


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.


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.


For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter; curriculum vitae; and the names, e-mail, and contact information for three professional references. Initial review of applications will begin November 15, 2016.


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