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Department: English

Assistant Professor, Science Fiction and/or Fantasy Lit

The George Mason University Department of English invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in 20th- and 21st-century Science Fiction and/or Fantasy Literature. We especially welcome applications from candidates whose work foregrounds questions of identity, power, and culture. Area of focus may include US, UK, and/or Anglophone literature, and we are also particularly interested in work that takes transnational, comparative, or global approaches. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university and was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. Inclusivity is a core value of the university. Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation and gender identities and hail from over 130 countries. The multitude of different perspectives this diversity brings enriches our academic environment. George Mason is committed to building a faculty of outstanding scholars whose diversity reflects that of our student body, including diversity of gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, physical ability, socioeconomic background, and national origin. We actively encourage applications from members of all groups underrepresented in the profession.

The successful candidate will teach a 2-2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses. The English department is home to vibrant concentrations in literature and cultural studies – including world literature and new media – and a highly-ranked BFA and MFA creative writing program. We coordinate closely with George Mason’s doctoral Program in Cultural Studies.

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Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in literature with evidence of completion by August 2019
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in research and teaching
Record of innovative and dynamic teaching
Promise of outstanding scholarship
Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated success in working across academic and disciplinary boundaries.
Required Documents:

Cover Letter
List of Professional References
Writing Sample
Brief candidate statement explaining how the candidate’s teaching philosophy reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Location: Fairfax, VA

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a list of professional references with contact information, transcripts, a writing sample, and a brief statement explaining how your teaching philosophy reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Equity Statement:

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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