Assistant Professor, Folklore and Narrative

Fairfax, VA, VA
Sep 13, 2018
Apr 04, 2019
Education, Research
Full Time

Job Category : Instructional or Research Faculty

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Salary : Commensurate with education and experience.

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Assistant Professor, Folklore and Narrative

The George Mason University Department of English invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track Assistant Professor Position in Folklore and Narrative. We encourage applicants with expertise in the verbal folklore of African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, immigrant, and other marginalized U.S. communities. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Masons academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is Virginias largest public research university, with an R-1 rating and is committed to keeping our doors open and accessible to as many capable students as possible. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation and gender identities and hail from over 130 countries. We are devoted to providing access to excellence, and that sets us apart from many of our peers. In a continuing effort to enrich GMUs academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.

The English department is home to two dynamic and growing graduate programs in folklore: an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Folklore and a graduate certificate in folklore. These programs prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in community and cultural organizations that demand expertise in documenting local culture and bringing informed historical and cultural frameworks to public sites and discussions. We also have a robust undergraduate minor and concentration in the English major.

Responsibilities: Candidates will teach in the Folklore Studies Program undergraduate and graduate programs beginning Fall 2019, teaching a 2:2 load. Candidates should be prepared to teach folklore graduate courses, including courses on folk narrative and U.S. diversity, narrative genres (i.e., legend, myth, fairy tale folk tale, personal experience narrative), narrative and literature, and departmental undergraduate courses in folklore, including the ethnographic field school for cultural documentation and the introduction to folklore studies.

Please visit for more information about the department and for more information about the folklore studies program.

Required Qualifications: * Ph.D. in folklore, or a closely related field, with evidence of completion by August 2019 * Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in research and teaching * Record of innovative and dynamic teaching and a desire to develop folklore educational strategies for the 21st century * Commitment to ethnographic practice and community engaged research Preferred Qualifications: * Demonstrated expertise in any one of a broad array of folklore and narrative topics, including, but not limited to childrens literature, digital humanities, U.S. ethnic or immigrant folklore * Demonstrated success in working across academic and disciplinary boundaries. Required Documents: 1. Cover Letter 2. CV 3. List of Professional References 4. Transcripts 5. Writing Sample 6. Brief candidate statement about commitment to diversity and inclusion

Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a list of professional references with contact information, transcripts, a writing sample, and a brief candidate statement about commitment to diversity and inclusion

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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