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English Department Assistant Professor in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

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Position Information

Position Title English Department Assistant Professor in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Position Type Humanities/ History/ Philosophy
Position Description

The English Department invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank in the field of contemporary poetry and poetics. We are particularly interested in candidates who are practicing poets, whose writing connects contemporary poetics to earlier periods of poetic invention, and whose work aligns well with resources in poetry/poetics at Penn (such as PennSound, Jacket2, and Kelly Writers House), reaching out to poetry communities beyond the University. We welcome applications from candidates with an established reputation as a poet and an emerging record as a scholar. PhD expected at time of appointment. The normal teaching load in our department is two courses per semester.

Applicants should submit materials online at and include a letter of application, CV, the names of three references, and a writing sample (max. 7500 words). Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions for submitting their letters to the website. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of English is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Position Posting Date 09/08/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Posting Number 1355
Affirmative Action Statement

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document 1
Optional Documents