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Assistant Professor (English)


United States Naval Academy, English Department


Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in Annapolis, Maryland. As a service academy and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American higher education institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by a common purpose--to develop the next generation of officers to be exceptional leaders in our naval service.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce of faculty and staff who provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development. We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives 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. Employees 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 invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English to begin as early as July 2024. We seek a specialist in Gender and Sexuality Studies (open period or genre). We welcome subspecialties in disability studies, film, and multiethnic or global Anglophone literature. 

The Naval Academy English Department is a mix of civilians with doctorates and military officers. All tenure-track faculty teach both 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). Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and should show potential to continue an active scholarly program. 

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

This is an onsite, 10-month compensation, excepted service federal faculty position with a 3-year renewable appointment.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in literature or closely related scholarly discipline (anticipated completion of Ph.D. no later than June 2024 is acceptable). 


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and diversity statement to Professor Jason Shaffer, Chair of the Hiring Committee at

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning 2 October 2023, but the position will remain open until filled. 


U.S. Citizenship Required

All Civilian Excepted Service/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 accommodations 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 This form is optional; your responses will not be shared with the hiring committee or anyone involved in the hiring process.

Announcement: ENGL-23-24-1

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

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