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Job: American Literature –Limited Term Assistant Professor, Trent University (Application Review Begins: 24 May 2022)

Trent University invites applications for a one-year (12-month) limited-term appointment (LTA) in American Literature in the Department of English Literature. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence August 15, 2022. This position is located at Trent’s Peterborough Campus and is subject to budgetary approval.

Candidates are expected to have completed a Ph.D. (or be close to completion – ABD) in literary studies by the time of the appointment. The successful candidate will have an active research program in the area of American literature, particularly in Black Literatures and Cultures across a range of historical periods, and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.

This is a teaching-intensive position involving seven courses. The successful candidate will teach three half-credit courses in the fall term, three half-credit courses in the winter term, and one in the summer. Courses will be at all levels (including graduate) and will range in size, include majors and non-majors, and may include teaching assistants. For those reasons, a successful applicant will be a purposeful, versatile, and flexible teacher.

The successful candidate’s course load may include:

ENGL 1003: Revolution!

ENGL 2705: Literature and the Environment

ENGL 3301: American Literature

ENGL 3309: African-American Literature

ENGL 4301: Advanced Studies in American Literature

There will also be a graduate-level seminar that will be offered in Public Texts, our M.A. program.

Information about the Department of English Literature can be found at and inquiries about this position can be sent to (Acting) Chair, Joel Baetz, at

To apply, candidates are invited to submit applications as a single PDF document to; the covering email should clearly indicate LTA in American Literature. Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including confirmation to legally work in Canada), a research statement, a teaching portfolio including a teaching philosophy statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, sample syllabuses and materials, and a student experience of teaching surveys, and the names and complete contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) of two referees.

Review of applications will begin on May 24, 2022 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Trent University is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We especially welcome applications from candidates who self-identify as racialized and/or Indigenous and/or as part of equity deserving groups (including women, 2SLGBTQI persons, and those who identify as having a disability) as well as candidates who demonstrate an understanding of systemic racism in their research and teaching. All candidates are invited to self-identify in the EDI form and cover letter. Candidates are invited to identify in their cover letter how they have incorporated justice-oriented practices into teaching, research, and service activities. 

Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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