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Literature Department: Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature (initial review Nov. 29, 2023)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor, Global Anglophone Literature
Salary range: The salary range for this Assistant Professor position is $90,000-$105,000. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. (See Faculty-Ladder Ranks-Professor Series) “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024.

Application Window

Open date: September 29, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Literature ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Global Anglophone Literature, 1750 - 2000. We seek a scholar specializing in English-language literatures, comprising England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, in addition to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and anglophone literatures of Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Potential research areas include British literature in a global context, postcolonial studies, comparative racializations, genre theory, gender and sexuality studies, diaspora and migration studies, and ecocritical and world literature. The successful candidate will demonstrate research and teaching interests in more than one literary and/or linguistic tradition. The appointee will be expected to teach large undergraduate lecture courses as well as small advanced seminars on the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to advise and mentor graduate students. The position carries a five-course-equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying out other academic and professional service responsibilities.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Department of Literature:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Literature or related field of study at time of application; record of research and scholarly productivity, including a book or comparable project in progress; and evidence of teaching at the university level.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Informative letter of application, clearly outlining your area of research, publication record, teaching experience, and academic service, if any.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Research Statement** - (3-5 pages)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application. (1-3 pages)

    ** Initial applicant screens will focus only on these elements: Research Statement and Statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please review UCSC’s guidelines on the elements of good contributions to diversity statement here for your reference.

  • Syllabus/description (1 of 3) - Syllabus/description of proposed or taught course (an undergraduate literature lecture course; an undergraduate seminar and a graduate seminar)

  • Syllabus/description (2 of 3) - Syllabus/description of proposed or taught course (an undergraduate literature lecture course; an undergraduate seminar and a graduate seminar)

  • Syllabus/description (3 of 3) - Syllabus/description of proposed or taught course (an undergraduate literature lecture course; an undergraduate seminar and a graduate seminar)

  • Writing sample of up to 30 double-spaced pages

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation.* Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Santa Cruz, California