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Job: Global Eighteenth Century – Assistant Professor, York University (Feb. 19, 2021)

The Department of English, in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in the Global Eighteenth Century at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in English Literature or a related field by the start of the appointment is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and in teaching. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research can be situated within or articulated with the fields of World Literature and/or Postcolonial Studies. The Global Eighteenth Century explores ideas and influences that cross every border — national, historical, cultural, and religious, as well as those of race, gender, and class. Attention to a global context enriches the various fields of the long eighteenth century, including the transatlantic and transoceanic, Empire; the slave trade, and Indigenous literatures. The successful candidate will be able to teach the importance as well as interest of examining nations, discourses, histories, and peoples through their encounters with one another. Interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches are especially welcome.

The successful candidate will have a well-defined program of research, and be expected to engage in innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of significant current and/or forthcoming publications in the field; presentations at conferences; and strong recommendations from referees.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement, which should address strategies for advancing equity, diversity and inclusivity within the classroom and within higher education generally; evidence, such as teaching evaluations, of teaching accomplishments and interest in pedagogical innovations, including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; and strong letters of reference.

This position involves graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to Professor Karen Valihora, the Chair of the Search Committee at (Subject line: Position in Global Eighteenth Century).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 19 February 2021.

Applications should include a cover letter outlining the applicant’s professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a sample of the applicant’s scholarly writing (maximum 30 pages), and a teaching dossier. Complete applications may be uploaded to beginning on 14 January 2021. Letters of reference will be requested of long-listed applicants.

Questions may be directed to Professor Tina Choi, Chair, Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Global Eighteenth Century).

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