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Employment Opportunity

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE 2017-18

 

Teaching Position Available 2017-18

ENGL 461: Topics in Modern/Contemporary British Literature I: War Literature Between the Wars: Elegies & Memoirs of the First World War and the Spanish Civil War

The Department of English at Queen’s University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in teaching the course: ENGL 461: Topics in Modern/Contemporary British Literature I: War Literature Between the Wars: Elegies & Memoirs of the First World War and the Spanish Civil War (Winter Term).  ENGL 461 is an on-campus fourth-year seminar course with an expected enrolment of 25 students.  The course is offered in slot 45: Tuesday 1:00-2:30 and Thursday 11:30-1:00. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or be near completion, with teaching experience at the University level in literary studies.  This is a Winter Term appointment for the period January 1 to April 30, 2018, with course dates over twelve weeks from January 8 to April 6, 2018, followed by an examination period.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals.  Queen’s University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during this process, please contact: Karen Donnelly, Administrative Assistant, Department of English, donnelly@queensu.ca or 613-533-6000, Ext. 74445.

The academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by the Collective Agreement between the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at  
http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/queens-qufa-collective-agreement

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens/permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada.”  Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Applications should include a complete and current curriculum vitae, letters of reference from two (2) referees, a letter of intent and teaching dossier.  Please arrange to have applications and supporting letters sent by email only to:

Dr. Sam McKegney, Associate Head
c/o Karen Donnelly
Department of English
Queen’s University
donnelly@queensu.ca

Applications will be received until December 1, 2017.  Review of applications will commence shortly thereafter.  Additional information about the Department of English can be found at http://www.queensu.ca/english.

ENGL 461/3.0
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P)

Topics in Modern/Contemporary British Literature I – War Literature Between the Wars: Elegies and Memoirs of the First World War and the Spanish Civil War
Term: winter
Instructor: TBA
Description: This seminar will concentrate on an important strain in the literature and culture in Britain between the First and Second World Wars (1919-1939). Its focus will be on examples of the elegy and the memoir, two important genres in an era marked by a “boom in sorrow” (W.H. Auden.)

In the first half of the course, we’ll think about the discourses of consolation deployed during the First World War and in its aftermath, starting with some poetic elegies. We’ll then turn to some poetic anti-elegies whose aim is to disrupt or prevent consolation. We’ll then turn to two famous war memoirs by Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Britain, once again asking how these texts process, and model a response to, loss. In the course of our discussions we’ll study certain key concepts for the study of elegy, mourning, memory (both personal and collective), public monuments, and commemorative ceremonies.

In the second half of the term, we’ll begin asking questions about what happened to the consolatory (and anti-consolatory) discourses of World War I as the 1930s progressed and Fascism became a mounting threat in Europe. In this context, we’ll focus mainly on some poems and memoirs from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), a conflict widely regarded as a dress-rehearsal for the world-wide confrontation with Fascism in World War II. This conflict was a very different one from World War I – for British volunteers who supported the Spanish Government, a cause not recognized by their own government back at home. Looking at a parallel set of texts to those we’ve looked at from World War I, including two more war memoirs by male and female writers (George Orwell and Nan Green), we’ll ask what difference it makes to these texts that the cause was an “unofficial” one. Our study of this war’s writings will culminate in a wider reflection on war and “collective memory”: on the institutions that reinforce the memory of certain wars and not others.
Requirements: One group seminar, one research paper, final exam.

Posted: November 14, 2017

 

 

Tenure-Track Appointment in
African American Literary Studies

The Department of English Language and Literature (Faculty of Arts and Science) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in African American literary studies, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2018.

Candidates with expertise in critical or comparative race studies are especially encouraged to apply, as are those with a demonstrated ability to situate their research and teaching in broader regional or disciplinary contexts, such as hemispheric/transnational studies, diaspora/migration studies, and/or urban/ethnic studies.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment; in order to be considered for the position applicants not yet holding the degree must have a scheduled defence date. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available);
  • a writing sample of an article or chapter length; and,
  • three letters of reference addressed to Dr. Shelley King, Head, Department of English Language and Literature and emailed directly to Karen Donnelly at donnelly@queensu.ca

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically as PDFs to Karen Donnelly at donnelly@queensu.ca, although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Dr. Shelley King
Professor and Head
Department of English Language and Literature
4th Floor, John Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
CANADA K7L 3N6 

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Karen Donnelly in the Department of English at donnelly@queensu.ca, phone number 613-533-6000 Ext. 74445. 

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at http://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/collective-agreement  and at http://www.qufa.ca

Posted: August 23, 2017.