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Assistant Professor, English

Position Description

The English Department at Seattle University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Literature and Culture of the Transatlantic Long 19th Century with expertise in Race, Gender, Ecology, and Empire. Appointment begins September 2023.

The department is interested in candidates with a commitment to teaching, scholarship, and intellectual contributions including:

  •  A focus on how notions of empire and colonialism which began in the 18th century and took root in the 19th century have continued to play out in 20th and 21st century understandings of race, racism, imperialisms, and colonialisms
  •  A focus on interactions between notions of race and empire as related to the environment—attending to how environmental degradation and exploitation has been and continues to be related to the extractive logics of the transatlantic slave-trade, the displacement of indigenous cultures and peoples, and the operations of race and racism that continue to impact our current moment (as with issues of environmental racism)
  •  Teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum which fosters intentional movement towards reparation, healing and transformative social action/change
  •  An interest in interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, intersectional, and co-curricular collaborations in teaching and scholarship
  •  An attention to the commitments of the college and the university to centering the margins, sustainability and climate change, racial injustice and widening economic inequity.

The academic program in English and its community are committed to intersectional teaching, scholarship, and community building, and Seattle University serves a diverse undergraduate community in the heart of Seattle, WA.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses, progressive and continuing scholarly and intellectual contributions, and service to the department, college and University.


Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. at time of appointment. ABDs will be considered. Evidence of teaching promise or excellence at the undergraduate level. A record of intellectual contributions representative of the position. The ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates will demonstrate an ability to develop students’ capacity to engage with questions of social justice and social change centered on moving from theory to praxis. 

Compensation at a Glance:

Salary Range: $68,000 - $73,000

Seattle University has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, and not based on a candidate’s gender or any other protected status.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Seattle University provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your total compensation package.

Benefits at a Glance

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit values, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental, and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage. Plan for your future with up to a 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits, comprised of a 5% nonelective employer contribution and an additional dollar-for-dollar match of your voluntary contributions up to a maximum of 5%. You may also take advantage of 100% paid tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with free access to an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Holiday break closure in December, and paid sick leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at:

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in the dynamic heart of Seattle. Our diverse and driven population is made up of more than 7,200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals who will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.

 Application Instructions

Applicants should submit materials online at To ensure full consideration all applicants must submit the following: curriculum vitae; letter of application that demonstrates qualifications for this position including commitment to diversity and Seattle University’s mission, values, and vision; statement of teaching philosophy; statement on scholarship; names and contact information for three referees—letters may be solicited upon submission of application. Applications will close November 30, 2022. Inquiries about the position may be made to Dr. Kate Koppelman (

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