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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultural Productions

Job no: 521354
Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, English
Department:Arts & Sciences, College of

Department: English
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Review of Applications Begins
December 1, 2017, open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 2 sample syllabi that illustrate the kinds of courses you are prepared to teach, a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, a 1-page statement of your research goals and potential campus contributions during the post-doc period, and 3 academic letters of reference.

Please submit materials to Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10332. If you are unable to use this online resource, please contact engl@uoregon.edu to arrange alternate means of submitting application materials.

The fellowship selection committee will conduct interviews via Skype in January 2018. Applicants will be notified about the status of the search early in Spring 2018.


Finalists for this position are subject to a criminal background check.

Department Summary
The University of Oregon’s English Department, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Department, invites applications for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultural Productions during the 2018-20 academic years.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, ADA-compliant institution dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To these ends, we strongly encourage applications from historically marginalized and currently underrepresented communities including but not limited to ethnic and racial minorities, women, LGBTQs, veterans, and the alternatively-abled. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further the University’s and the English Department’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are particularly interested in hearing about previous teaching, mentorship, and outreach activities candidates have undertaken with underrepresented students and communities.

The University of Oregon, situated on the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people, is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of 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 vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide 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.

Position Summary
The fellow will be in residence at the University of Oregon’s English Department during academic years 2018-20. Fellows will teach 3 courses during that 2-year period. These courses will be developed and scheduled in consultation with the Associate Head of English and the Head of Ethnic Studies and will be cross-listed in Ethnic Studies. The fellow will make a research presentation to the English Department, Ethnic Studies Department, and other interested scholars. Further contributions may include offering a workshop for graduate students in the fellow's field of specialization or participation in student/faculty reading groups during their appointment. The fellow will offer mentorship to graduate students in English and, as a graduate program develops, Ethnic Studies. The fellow will work closely with a designated mentor or mentors who will be a senior faculty member in English or Ethnic Studies.

Minimum Requirements
Applicants should have a demonstrated pedagogical and scholarly investment in the study of race and ethnicity and should hold a PhD in English, Folklore, Media Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Cinema Studies, or a related field by June 1, 2018. Applicants should not currently hold a tenure track position and should have received their PhD no earlier than January 1, 2014.

Preferred Qualifications
We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from populations and/or work in fields of study historically underrepresented in the academy and who will enhance the English Department's existing strengths in the study of African American, Latina/o, Asian American, and Native American and Indigenous Literatures and Cultural Productions. In addition to specialists in any of these fields, we also welcome comparative, interdisciplinary, queer, and intersectional research.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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