Ohio State University, Department of English

Position ID:OSU-Department of English-LF [#22397]
Position Title: Latinx Folklore, with secondary expertise in ethnographic methods and literature
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Latinx
English / Cultural Studies, English, Ethnic American, Ethnic and Gender Studies, Literature, Folklore
Latina/o Studies
Appl Deadline:2022/10/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/18, finished 2023/05/06)
Position Description:    

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The Department of English is partnering with the Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) to hire a tenure-track assistant professor or early career associate professor who is an interdisciplinary scholar with a specialization in the area of Latinx folklore, which might include religion, belief, material culture, legend, oral tale, spoken word, song, festival, or public display. Consideration will be given to candidates who also have training and experience in ethnographic methods and an expertise in literature broadly defined, including oral narrative, and who can teach folklore with attention to ethnography and everyday poetics and teach literature, broadly defined, through a folkloristic lens. For the past six years, the Center for Folklore Studies at OSU has conducted engaged research with a diversity of communities in Ohio; the Latinx hire will have the opportunity to enrich and expand that work by engaging with the expressive practices and traditions of Latinx Ohioans. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a record of contributions to a climate of diversity and inclusion and a record of intersectional work with students commensurate with experience. Experience and interest in collaborating within a nexus of racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual diversity through research and teaching is preferred.

The Center for Ethnic Studies is a collaborative research center at Ohio State that encompasses three individual units: Latinx Studies, Asian American Studies, and American Indian Studies. The center works with partners across the university to advance the study of persistent inequalities that fuel continued underrepresentation for many; to deepen our humanities-based knowledge and understanding of American Indians, Latinas/os, and Asian Americans; and to explore the dynamic interconnections for these populations between their lives in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. The center offers extensive academic programming and engages in community-based research and outreach. The successful candidate will hold a 50% tenure track appointment in the Department of English and will be jointly appointed with the Ohio State’s Center for Ethnic Studies. The hire in the Department of English will be part of a cluster hiring collaboration with the Department of History of Art and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; each will hire a tenure track faculty member under the same research cluster entitled “Latinx Studies.”


Ph.D. in Folklore or a related field with degree in hand by August 15, 2023. ABDs welcome to apply. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate's employer's policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate's appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at https://visit.osu.edu/experience.

Application Instructions:

A complete application consists of a cover letter that includes your research profile and a description of Latinx course(s) you might teach, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement, and three letters of reference. The diversity statement should describe how you would contribute to the further development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ohio State through your teaching, research, service, outreach and engagement and /or mentorship. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. We will ask finalists to provide a writing sample and a sample course syllabus in Latinx folklore. Inquiries may be directed to Amy Shuman at shuman.1@osu.edu. In addition, the committee will be available for informal consultations at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

About The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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421 Denney Hall
164 W. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210