University of Oregon, Department of English

Position ID:Oregon-English-COMICS [#9859]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Comics Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Eugene, Oregon 97403-1286, United States [map]
Subject Area: English / Comics Studies
Appl Deadline:2017/11/15help popup* finished (2017/09/18, finished 2018/04/05)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of English at the University of Oregon invites scholars of Comics Studies to apply for the position of assistant professor to begin in Fall 2018.

We conceive Comics Studies as an interdisciplinary field addressing a historical range of forms, including the long tradition of graphic satire and caricature, editorial and panel cartoons, newspaper strips, comic books, graphic novels, and digital comics. We are especially interested in comics scholars whose work intersects with one or more of the following existing areas of strength within our department: Disability Studies; Environmental Literary Studies, Ecocriticism, and Environmental Justice; Gender/Queer/Trans Theory; Ethnic Anglo-American Literary Studies; and Digital Humanities. We particularly welcome applications from scholars from populations historically underrepresented in the academy and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. Competitive applicants will demonstrate potential for outstanding research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels; candidates' cover letters should also describe ways in which they can contribute to or further foster the experiences of inclusivity, institutional equity, and diversity.

We are an intellectually and culturally diverse department with established commitments to the fields of British, American, and Anglophone literature and media, Environmental Humanities, Queer/Trans and Gender studies, Rhetoric, Disability Studies, Comics Studies, and Folklore and Public Culture. Our department also plays a key role in a robust major in Cinema Studies, and in two new interdisciplinary graduate certificates: New Media and Culture; and Politics, Identity and Culture.

Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in English or a related field in hand by time of appointment. Salary is competitive.

The University of Oregon is one of only two members of the Association of American Universities in the Pacific Northwest and holds a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a city of 157,000 with a range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

Candidates are asked to apply on line at by submitting an application letter, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample of approximately 20 pages, and contact information for three referees by November 15, 2017. Please do not have letters of recommendation sent to Academic Jobs Online; we will request letters of recommendation at a later date. If you are unable to use this online resource, please contact to arrange alternate means of submitting application materials. Application materials received after November 15, 2017 will not be considered.

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Further Info:
Department of English
1286 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1286

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