Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in Humanities

Position No. 00052460. The Department of English at Southern Methodist University invites outstanding applicants for a tenured appointment at the rank of advanced Associate or early Full Professor to the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in Humanities beginning August 1, 2024. The field is open. We welcome candidates in any and all fields of literary study in English, broadly defined, whose expertise would strengthen the department and its connections to affiliated departments and programs in the humanities and liberal arts, among them History, Philosophy, Art History, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The holder of this chair should be committed to an ambitious research agenda and active involvement in a dynamic department and its highly endowed Ph.D. program (in which all graduate students are fully funded and therefore carry little to no debt upon completion of their program).

The department provides generous support for faculty research, travel, and conferences, and has undertaken plans to devote its resources to an array of postdoctoral fellowships, symposia, and new programs that will provide the holder of this chair with an opportunity to help shape its future.

We especially encourage applications from women and members of other underrepresented groups.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in English (or related discipline) at the time of the appointment. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2023, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Please submit applications to http://apply.interfolio.com/136262. Questions about the position and process, as well as confidential inquires and nominations, may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Rhonda Garelick (rgarelick@smu.edu).

SMU is a private, secular university dedicated to upholding and supporting academic freedom, the protections of tenure, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is located in Dallas, Texas, which is part of the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, a cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse city with a booming economy and a very affordable cost of living.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, accessequity@smu.edu.

Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.