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Job: Lecturer in American Literature, Fixed Term (University of Kent)

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Job: Lecturer in American Literature, Fixed Term (University of Kent)

June 25, 2017

The School of English wishes to appoint a Lecturer in American Literature for one year and are seeking a colleague with experience in teaching at University level and someone who will contribute to the School’s undergraduate curriculum in American Literature by teaching seminar groups, offering lectures, and acting as a module convener for our Stage 1 core “Writing America”.

The successful candidate will also be encouraged to take on some lecturing in the Centre for American Studies (CAS). This is a vibrant, collegiate department, and we look forward to appointing someone interested in collaborative teaching and thinking and working across and between disciplines.

To succeed in this role you will have:
A completed PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject area.
Experience of successful teaching of relevant literature modules at all undergraduate degree levels.
Demonstrable expertise in American Literature 1800 – 2000.
Research/teaching interests in one or more of the following topics: Transnational American Studies; American Modernism; American Literature before 1900; African-American and/or Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States and Canada.

The School of English currently has c. 900 full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. Its permanent academic staff of 37 includes an excellent cohort of highly promising and productive early career researchers alongside senior staff with international reputations. English at Kent is based on a commitment to the traditional fields of the discipline, to consolidating the School’s distinctive strengths, and to innovation. Key areas of research such as medieval and early modern studies, American literature, postcolonial studies and modernism have been strengthened by recent appointments. There have also been strategic appointments in modern poetry and creative writing, two fields of development that are central to the School’s long-term strategy.

It’s an exciting time to be working at the University of Kent – we are a leading UK university producing world-class research and excellent teaching. Our reputation as a good place to work is reflected in our top ranking in the THE Best University Workplace Survey for two years running. We are a major employer with around 3,000 staff from over 120 countries, including more than 900 academic and research staff, and a full range of commercial services and administration staff.

Closing date for applications: 25 June 2017
Interviews are to be held: 14 July 2017
Please see the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: HUM0787
Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.
CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered. 
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If you are invited for an interview, we will request references for you at that stage.
To apply, visit: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BBV167/lecturer-in-american-literature/.


June 25, 2017
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