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Assistant Professor (English)


United States Naval Academy, English Department


Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by the review start date will receive full consideration.


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The English Department seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor working in Postcolonial /Global Anglophone Studies, with particular expertise in literature from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and/or the Middle East. Subspecialties within this field are welcome. The position will begin as early as July 2023.

The Naval Academy English Department is a mix of civilians with doctorates and military officers. All tenure-track faculty teach at all levels of the curriculum, including upper-level courses for English majors and sections of our two-semester first-year English sequence. The first-year courses, which are both introductions to literature and writing courses, are organized generically: plays, essays, and short stories in the fall; novels and poems in the spring. Each instructor designs an individual syllabus and chooses which texts to teach within these guidelines.

Teaching Load: 9 hours/semester (typically, two sections of first-year English and one upper-level literature course).

We are particularly interested in candidates who can add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service, and whose work demonstrates a commitment to educating a diverse student body. Qualified candidates must have a PhD by the time of appointment, should demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and should show potential to continue an active scholarly program. USNA is a service academy and a top-tier liberal arts college that is committed to academic freedom as defined by the AAUP’s Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

Full summer research support may be available for the first three years of new appointments; after that, civilians may receive partial summer research support by applying for Naval Academy Research Council grants. Faculty members receive full federal government service benefits. For additional information about the department, visit our website:

USNA English Department Website

This is a 10-month federal excepted service position.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in literature or closely related discipline; anticipated completion of Ph.D. by June 2023 is acceptable. 



Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and diversity statement to Michelle Allen-Emerson, Chair of the English Department at You may also use this address to submit any questions you may have about the position or the application process, which will be addressed after the application review date.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning 3 October 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. 


  • To comply with the applicable nationwide preliminary injunction on Executive Order 14043, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.  Newly hired employees will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. 


  • All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination. Background investigations for non-US Citizens often require up to two years to complete, and for non-US Citizens the background check must be complete before employment can begin.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

Announcement: ENGL-22-23-1

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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