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Limited-Term Appointments in the Department of English (4)

Last updated: April 6, 2021, 11:29 a.m.

Job title: Limited-Term Appointments in the Department of English (4)
Date posted: April 6, 2021
Application deadline: May 4, 2021
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

The Department of English at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, invites applications for four (4) limited-term appointments in the following areas:

  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Literature;
  • Digital Writing;
  • Creative Writing – Drama;
  • Modern and Contemporary Canadian Literature.


Those appointed will normally be expected to teach three courses per academic term.

Qualifications and assets

Candidates for the position in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Literature should have competence in both periods and be able to teach courses in a variety of genres. Competitive candidates should also be able to teach ENGL 260: Introduction to Literary Study and ENGL 262: British Literature from 1660 to 1900.

Candidates for the position in Modern and Contemporary Canadian Literature should have competence in all periods, including modern and contemporary Canadian poetry and prose, and ability to teach ENGL 260: Introduction to Literary Study.

A completed PhD, or one near completion, is necessary for the positions in literature, and a record of scholarly publications is an asset.

Candidates for the position in Digital Writing should possess a graduate degree (MA, MFA, or PhD) in English or a cognate field (e.g., Communications, Creative Writing, Education, Fine Arts, or Rhetoric). Candidates should have demonstrable expertise in content creation for digital platforms. Experience teaching university- or college-level Professional Writing courses (e.g., Technical Writing, Business Writing, Digital Publishing and Editing) is an asset. A background in Videogame Studies is also an asset.

Candidates for the position in Creative Writing should have competence to teach playwriting at both the introductory and advanced undergraduate level, as well as screenwriting. The ability to write for other performative or broadcast forms is an asset.

Candidates for the Creative Writing position should have a recent publication and/or performance/broadcasting record in these fields. An MA or MFA, and experience teaching university-level Creative Writing courses are preferred.

Successful applicants must be qualified to teach at the level indicated in each position.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single, multiple-page PDF document to Dr. Manish Sharma at on or before May 4, 2021. Please name your PDF using your last and first names only (e.g., “LastName, FirstName”). Submissions should include the following items in the order specified below:

  1. Cover letter (clearly identifying the title);
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
  4. Proof of citizenship/residency;
  5. Names and contact information of three referees.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide proof of terminal degree and course evaluations/teaching appraisals.

These positions are subject to budgetary approval and department needs. Pending continued funding and need, as well as satisfactory job performance, individuals holding limited-term appointments may be reappointed. Limited-term appointments may not exceed 36 months. They are normally held at the rank of Assistant Professor, and initial contracts begin on August 1, 2021 and end on May 14, 2022.

Electronic applications should be submitted by May 4, 2021 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. Appointments are expected to commence in August 2021.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.

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