The Ohio State University Seeks Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Latinx Folklore

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The Department of English is partnering with the Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) to hire a tenure-track assistant professor or early career associate professor who is an interdisciplinary scholar with a specialization in the area of Latinx folklore, which might include religion, belief, material culture, legend, oral tale, spoken word, song, festival, or public display. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Consideration will be given to candidates who also have training and experience in ethnographic methods and an expertise in literature broadly defined, including oral narrative, and who can teach folklore with attention to ethnography and everyday poetics and teach literature, broadly defined, through a folkloristic lens. For the past six years, the Center for Folklore Studies at OSU has conducted engaged research with a diversity of communities in Ohio; the Latinx hire will have the opportunity to enrich and expand that work by engaging with the expressive practices and traditions of Latinx Ohioans. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a record of contributions to a climate of diversity and inclusion and a record of intersectional work with students commensurate with experience. Experience and interest in collaborating within a nexus of racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual diversity through research and teaching is preferred.

The Center for Ethnic Studies is a collaborative research center at Ohio State that encompasses three individual units: Latinx Studies, Asian American Studies, and American Indian Studies. The Center works with partners across the university to advance the study of persistent inequalities that fuel continued underrepresentation for many; to deepen our humanities-based knowledge and understanding of American Indians, Latinas/os, and Asian Americans; and to explore the dynamic interconnections for these populations between their lives in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. The Center offers extensive academic programming and engages in community-based research and outreach. The successful candidate will hold a 50% tenure track appointment in the Department of English and will be jointly appointed with the Ohio State’s Center for Ethnic Studies. The hire in the Department of English will be part of a cluster hiring collaboration with the Department of History of Art and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; each will hire a tenure track faculty member under the same research cluster entitled “Latinx Studies.”

A complete application consists of a cover letter that includes your research profile and a description of Latinx course(s) you might teach, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement, and three letters of reference. The diversity statement should describe how you would contribute to the further development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ohio State through your teaching, research, service, outreach and engagement and /or mentorship. Finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample and a sample course syllabus in Latinx folklore. Inquiries may be directed to Amy Shuman at [email protected]. In addition, the committee will be available for informal consultations at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The deadline for applications is October 31.

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