Assistant Professor of American Literature, Race, and Ethnic Studies

Penn State University

Penn State Harrisburg
Campus City:
Middletown, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Penn State Harrisburg
School of Humanities


Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of American Literature, Race, and Ethnic Studies to start August 2020. The school offers a Bachelor of Humanities in English, among other undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees in Humanities, Communications, and American Studies. The program seeks candidates with teaching-research areas in American literature. Teaching assignments at Penn State Harrisburg may include introductory literature courses, 200-level courses covering significant American time periods and literary theory, and 400-level courses focusing on genres and special topics, including courses cross-listed with American Studies. Candidates might teach a substantial range of courses, such as graduate writing seminars in Humanities or Communications, first-year composition and discipline-specific writing, and honors courses. Research areas should extend beyond traditional American literature to include fields such as race and ethnicity, contemporary literature, digital humanities, composition/rhetoric, and interdisciplinary areas such as "science and literature" or "work and literature." For additional information about the English program, see Candidates should have college teaching experience, a promising research and publication agenda in American literature, and a commitment to university service and public outreach; advising and mentoring experience preferred. Ph.D. in English or a related field with a specialty in American literature required; Ph.D. degree must be completed by the time of application. Campus Information: Penn State Harrisburg is one of more than 20 Penn State campuses state-wide as an integral part of The Pennsylvania State University. Penn State Harrisburg’s expanding and multicultural campus is located in Middletown, PA and is a student-centered campus of approximately 5,000 students and is located in Pennsylvania’s state capital region near the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. It is within a two to three-hour drive to metropolitan areas such as Baltimore (MD), Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia (PA). Our students receive a world-class education delivered in a small campus setting. For more information about the campus, visit Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To be considered, candidates must electronically submit a cover letter that includes a brief teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae, a list of at least three references with names and contact information (phone, email), and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088