Utah State University

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow—American Literature and Culture

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 year ago(4/9/2021 6:33 PM)
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# of Openings
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Teaching (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of English at Utah State University (USU) seeks applications for a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture. Desirable specializations include poetry, especially women’s poetry; gender and sexuality studies; and ethnic studies. This is a one-year appointment on the Logan USU campus for the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning August 2021, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.


The fellow will teach literature and American Studies at different levels of the curriculum: general education, undergraduate majors, and/or graduate courses, depending upon departmental needs and the fellow’s area of specialization. These courses will be face-to-face on the Logan campus, or hybrid face-to-face and online, depending on university policies regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The teaching load is 6 total courses, split between Fall and Spring semester.


The successful applicant will have earned a Ph.D. in in a relevant field (e.g. English, American Studies, or Comparative Literature) by August 1, 2021, and have a record of teaching excellence and active research. The Department especially seeks applicants who bring to their academic careers the important perspective that comes from the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Accordingly, scholars from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV (to be uploaded to the applicant profile)
  2. Letter of application (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application)
  3. 500-word statement of teaching practice and philosophy (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application)
  4. Contact information for 3 professional references (collected as part of the online application)
  5. Ten- to twenty-page sample of scholarly writing (to be uploaded as a PDF under "Other Documents 1-10")

Review of applications will begin on April 28, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

For further information about the Department of English, see english.usu.edu. Utah State University is a Carnegie Research University (High Research Activity) of 22,000 students, located in Logan, Utah. Details about USU can be found at www.usu.edu and www.usu.edu/greats. Women, minority, veteran, and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Utah State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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