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Assistant Professor, Early Modern British Literature

University of Houston - Downtown

Last Updated: 11/08/21

Job Description

The Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) seeks applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English (Early Modern British Literature, including Shakespeare). Those with additional qualifications in dramatic literature, critical race studies, and/or first-year composition are preferred.

UHD is a vibrant urban university, federally designated as both a Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution. With one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, UHD seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars. The Department is particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to teaching and mentoring students from historically underserved communities. Opportunities are available to collaborate with the Center for Latino Studies, the Center for Critical Race Studies, and the Cultural Enrichment Center, each housed in UHD’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The teaching load is 3/4, with a 3/3 load for the first year.


  • PhD in English at time of appointment
  • Demonstrated record of research on and teaching Shakespeare’s plays
  • Demonstrated record of research on and teaching Early Modern British Literature

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching experience or publication record in at least one of the following areas: dramatic literature, critical race studies, first-year composition

Secondary Preferences

  • Teaching experience in poetics or creative writing

The search committee will begin screening candidates’ materials on December 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until January 14, 2022. Qualified applicants should submit the following materials to

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • One page teaching statement

Additional materials, including writing sample, letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts, will be requested from candidates as needed.

Direct inquiries to Dr. Chuck Jackson, Professor of English and Search Committee Chair, at

About University of Houston Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown is a comprehensive four-year university offering bachelor’s and selected master’s degree programs and providing strong academic and career preparation as well as life-long learning opportunities. Located in the heart of the city, the University reflects the diversity of the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, and, through its academic programs, engages with the community to address the needs and advance the development of the region. UHD is an inclusive community dedicated to integrating teaching, service, and scholarly research to develop students’ talents and prepare them for success in a dynamic global society. UHD draws students from throughout the Greater Houston area. UHD is considered one of the most ethnically diverse liberal arts institutions in the southwest, a distinction that indicates the student body accurately reflects the Houston community's wealth of cultures, languages and nationalities. The University offers all students a specially tailored opportunity for quality higher education, as well as small classes. UHD employs over 1,100 faculty and staff.

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in mission and service, and now offers baccalaureate degrees in 44 areas and nine master's degree programs. Over 15,000 students attend classes in five colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences and Technology; and University College. UHD boasts over 56,000 alumni and is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. As one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, UHD offers educational opportunities and access to students from a variety of backgrounds, including many first-generation college students, students who work full- or part-time, students with additional family obligations, and students who transfer from community colleges and other higher education institutions. The University of Houston System is a public system of higher education that includes three other universities in addition to UHD—the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria.

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Houston, Texas, United States