Kalamazoo College
Department of English

2-year Post-Doctorate Position

The Department of English at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a 2-year post-doctorate position beginning in Fall 2022. This position, funded by a Mellon “Humanities for All Times” Grant, is intended for a new or recent Ph.D. in English (degree conferral within five years of start date). We invite applications from candidates with a specialization in 20th or 21st American literature and expertise in gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity within a transnational framework. The candidate will teach three classes per year over three terms (1-1-1), including courses in U.S. Ethnic literatures (Latinx literature, African-American literature, and/or Asian American literature), introductory literature classes (“Reading the World” series), with interest in contributing to our Shared Passages Program and the grant initiative, Humanities Integrated Locational Learning (HILL) Clusters. Priority will be given to candidates with experience in or willingness to design courses with place-based learning.

The position will begin in September 2022. A Ph.D. in English (or evidence that it will be completed by June 2022) is required. Candidates are expected to have high aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching and a commitment to the liberal arts. Kalamazoo College has made a commitment to inclusive excellence. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose intellectual and pedagogical approaches to the discipline will be effective in attracting and retaining historically underrepresented students. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to working with students, faculty, and staff from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Kalamazoo College is a nationally known liberal arts college of approximately 1450 motivated students, offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into domestic and international educational experiences. It is a member of the Posse Program and home of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. The campus is located in a diverse and vibrant city in southwest Michigan, midway between Chicago and Detroit on the ancestral, historical, and contemporary land of the Council of the Three Fires—the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. Kalamazoo College acknowledges the enduring relationship that exists between the People of the Three Fires and this land. The Kalamazoo area encompasses a community of 335,000 which supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations, and it is the home of the Kalamazoo Promise. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Completed applications received April 4, 2022, will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Applications should include (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and (4) a statement addressing commitments, content, and pedagogical approaches designed to foster the success of underrepresented students. Additional materials (syllabi, teaching evaluations, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation) will be requested later in the application process.

Materials should be addressed to the search chair: Dr. Shanna Salinas, Department of English, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295.

Kalamazoo College encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to apply and to identify themselves if they wish. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
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