The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position beginning fall semester 2013. As a theoretically-oriented, comparatist, interdisciplinary department whose research and teaching span word/image/sound, we seek scholars with specific training in, and who work across, two or more of these areas.
Ideal candidates will be those forging innovative and productive connections across disciplines and boundaries. They will have specific expertise – engaging a global perspective yet anchored within a particular historical context – in one or preferably more of the following areas: comparative intellectual histories of Western and non-Western cultures from the eighteenth century onward; critical musicology and sound studies; social/cultural politics of networks and/or networked media; theories and histories of the moving image; and comparative and world literatures, preferably with emphasis on non-Western cultures and traditions. Ideal candidates will be trained in intellectual history, music, media studies, moving image studies, or literature primarily, and will have done solid research in one of the other areas, combining them in novel ways. Fluency in one or more modern European languages and/or one or more modern non-European languages is required.
Appointment will be 100%-time over the nine-month academic year. Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor
Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation, b) relevance of their research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, as well as d) strength of recommendations.
In order for the application to be considered, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references must be submitted to the University of Minnesota’s employment application web site: https://employment.umn.edu (use requisition number 179645). All completed applications must be submitted by October 22, 2012. Applicants may be solicited at a later stage for a writing sample and three letters of recommendation.