Assistant Professor in English, Literature and the Environment

Clemson, SC

About Clemson

One of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University serves a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body.

Ranked consistently as one of the best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. In fact, 91 percent of our seniors say they’d pick Clemson again if they had it to do over.

Clemson’s retention and graduation rates rank among the highest in the country for public universities. We’ve been named among the best values by Kiplinger magazine in 2013, and SmartMoney in 2012 ranked us No. 7 in student return on investment.

Our beautiful college campus sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. But we also have research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state of South Carolina — in Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston.

Assistant Professor in English, Literature and the Environment

Clemson University’s English Department seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in Literature and the Environment. Applicants may work in any historical period within a broad understanding of literatures in English. Preferred secondary areas of interest include environmental justice, global environmentalism, postcolonial ecology and praxis, indigenous epistemologies, and public advocacy and policy.

Duties will include maintaining an active research and writing profile, developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, serving on departmental and university-level committees, and contributing to the intellectual life of the English Department and the broader university.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD in English or a related field at time of appointment, which will be August 15, 2024. Typical teaching load for tenure-track faculty in English with an active research agenda is two courses per semester. 

Clemson is an R-1 land grant institution located in upstate South Carolina—a global university with a mission to serve the diverse communities of our state. The recently updated university strategic plan offers a three-tiered strategy to enhance student experience, increase faculty research, and expand the positive impact of the university within communities across South Carolina. Consequently, the search committee is especially interested to hear from candidates with an interest in student engagement and community outreach, especially to traditionally underserved communities across the state.