Assistant Professor of Environmental Literary Studies and Environmental Humanities

Assistant Professor of Environmental Literary Studies and Environmental Humanities
Department of English
New York University Faculty of Arts and Science

The English Department at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Literary Studies/ Environmental Humanities, effective September 1st, 2024, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in teaching and research and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion. The Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2024.

We seek applications from emerging literary scholars who research and teach in the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities, from any of a broad range of perspectives, including (but not limited to): urban ecologies; environmental justice; science and technology studies; multi-species and extinction studies; Anthropocene Studies; modernist ecologies; literature of climate crisis; environmental history; queer ecologies. Applicants may specialize in one particular region within a global framework, or work comparatively across regional or national literatures. We also welcome applications from candidates who demonstrate commitment to public-facing research and teaching and/or creative practice.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses related to their area of specialization, the successful candidate will teach courses on literary history and literary analysis for the undergraduate major in English or in the College of Arts and Science Core Curriculum, and will likely contribute to the new undergraduate minor in Environmental Humanities. This position is part of a multi-departmental cluster hire in “Transforming Ecologies in Urban Environments,” which includes the departments of English, Biology, and Environmental Studies. A primary aim of the cluster is to create a network for scholars at NYU working on environmental studies across a range of disciplines. More information about this cluster can be found here, along with background on NYU's broader Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative.

The search committee is especially interested to hear from candidates who will bring to their research and teaching the diverse perspectives that come from non-traditional educational backgrounds or an understanding of those under-represented in higher education. We request that candidates include in their cover letter information about how they have contributed to the building of a broadly inclusive educational environment and how they imagine doing so at NYU.

Candidates should submit the following materials via Interfolio link:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample of 20-25 pages
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by October 2nd, 2023. If you have any questions about this posting, please refer to our “Employment” page on the Department of English website. For questions not answered there, you may contact Patricia Okoh-Esene, Chair's Administrative Aide at

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $85,000 - $135,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when
extending an offer.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU is at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. We seek scholars of the highest caliber, who embody the diversity of the United States as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession,
across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the FAS commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion, please read here.

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