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The English Department of the Faculty of Philology (FB 09) at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a 

Postdoctoral research associate
Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in
(salary level TV-L E 13)

starting 1 October 2024. We are offering a fixed-term, full-time position (100%) until 30 September 2028. Full-time employees are required to teach four hours per week during the semester. 

Your tasks:

  • teach courses in literary studies in the field of critical children’s and adolescent/YA literatures (K-12) at an undergraduate and graduate level;
  • collaborate in departmental and faculty-level research projects;
  • organise events with a thematic focus on critical children’s and adolescent/YA literatures;
  • demonstrate commitment to the discipline, institution and community;
  • mentor students in your respective areas of expertise, especially with respect to thesis supervision at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in the English Department’s Master of Education programmes;
  • work towards postdoctoral qualification in the form of a habilitation (second monograph). 

Our expectations:

  • MA and doctoral degrees in English;
  • strong research background in literary studies, American studies and critical children’s and adolescent/YA literature;
  • strong record in teaching literary studies with specialisation in critical children’s and adolescent/ YA literatures (K-12), including the history of children’s literature, diversity and inclusion in children’s and adolescent/YA literatures, and contemporary theories and trends;
  • strong record of research excellence in your field of expertise;
  • near-native command of written and spoken English;
  • project description and timeline for the completion of a habilitation (second monograph) in the field of American Studies;
  • working knowledge of German or the willingness to learn German;
  • good communication and organisational skills, a passion for teaching and the ability to work well both independently and in team constellations.

 Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • experience in teaching academic writing;
  • experience in working in diverse classrooms.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. Part-time options are generally available. 

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Dr Silvia Schultermandl at [email protected].

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 22 March 2024, addressed to:

Prof Dr Silvia Schultermandl
Chair of American Studies
English Department
University of Münster
Kennziffer: 2024_01_31
Johannisstrasse 12-20
48143 Münster

Please submit your application materials (letter of interest, CV, copies of degree certificates, a 20-page writing sample, and a sample syllabus for a course on children’s and YA literature designed for the English Department’s Master of Education programmes) electronically in a single PDF file to [email protected].

Assistant or Associate Professor of English, Illinois State University

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, beginning August 16, 2024. We are seeking qualified candidates in the field of Children’s and/or Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (CYAL) whose work addresses issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice. Responsibilities include scholarly research/publishing, effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, and service. Candidates who will contribute to the department's needs in areas of literature for young children, visual narratives, multimodal narratives, and/or the history of CYAL are especially encouraged to apply, although all subspecialties are encouraged. The normal teaching load is fifteen credit hours per academic year, along with an expectation of graduate advising.  See full information...
Review of applications will begin November 10th, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

If any applicant has questions about the position, please contact Mary Jeanette Moran ([email protected]); contact Jeanne Merkle ([email protected]) with any questions about the application process.


The Department of English at the University of Memphis is hiring in Contemporary African American Literature and Culture and the position description also mentions secondary specializations in children's and young adult literatures and cultures: The Department of English at the University of Memphis invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Contemporary African American literature with a sub-specialty in one or more of the following categories: Children’s literature, Afrofuturism, digital humanities, music and literature, queer theory and literature. The position is at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2024. Here is the link:  Please consider applying—applications will be accepted through the end of October. 

We are also hiring in Southern Literatures (with a very open-ended description—potentially could be interpreted as Literatures and Cultures of the Global South. Here is the link to that position:

Childhood Studies Associate Professor Position:

The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University—Camden, New Jersey, invites applications for an Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Childhood Studies expected to commence on September 1, 2024.  

The Department of Childhood Studies seeks to hire an outstanding senior scholar whose research and teaching interests address topics and concerns in children's/young adult literary cultures. We are keen to receive applications from those who center racial justice in their scholarship and teaching. We value research quality, a demonstrated approach to the multidisciplinary study of children's/young adult literature, and an eagerness to continue the department's mission of expanding childhood studies at the BA, MA and Ph.D. levels.  To view the complete position description, including minimum qualifications required, and to apply, please visit

The University of Texas at El Paso Job Posting: Assistant Professor of English in Children's Literature

Job Description:

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English specializing in Children's Literature to begin fall 2024. In conjunction with our new Interdisciplinary Research Building, UTEP is developing research hubs to connect scholars across campus around the following foci: Bilingualism, Environmentalism, Health Disparities, and Digital Humanities. Accordingly, we are looking for candidates with an interdisciplinary research agenda that includes one of the following areas of expertise: bilingualism, translingualism, community literacies, critical literacy development, multimodal studies, multimodality and digital literacy, genre studies (e.g., graphic novels, non-fiction, poetry, oral history), LGBTQIA and gender studies, literary and reading theories, trauma studies or Social-Emotional Learning, environmentalism and climate change, scientific literacy development, disability studies, race studies, or the history of children's literature. We are interested in scholars with outstanding research promise and an emerging record of research, particularly those with experience in grant writing and who are prepared to seek extramural funding for interdisciplinary collaborations.

In addition to pursuing an active research agenda, the successful candidate will teach courses that contribute to our department's undergraduate and graduate curricula in Literature, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, and English Education. While our undergraduate courses serve mostly preservice teachers, our graduate courses comprise practicing teachers and students in our other graduate programs. Some experience as a K-6 educator is desirable, as is experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and graduate level and/or working with linguistically diverse students. We seek a faculty member who shares the university's commitment to providing an excellent education for all students.


Ph.D. in English Education, English, Rhetoric, Library Science, or Comparative Literature by August 31, 2024. Active research agenda and strong commitment to teaching first-generation students at a Hispanic-Serving Institution.  

For more information, click here

Tenured Associate or Full Professor in Youth Services to begin January 1, 2024 or August 16, 2024. This position provides an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scholar (in LIS or allied field) with an interest in youth media (print and digital), youth librarianship/youth services, or curation of youth materials to further a research and teaching agenda that will have significant impact upon LIS education and practice, and advance the mission of UA SLIS, which has a strong graduate program in youth materials and services. 

Position Summary & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an established research agenda in the area of youth librarianship/youth services, emerging trends in children’s and young adult media, and/or curation of youth print and digital materials
  • Mentor and advise master's students as part of our ALA accredited Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree program
  • Attract, advise, and mentor doctoral students as part of the college-wide interdisciplinary PhD program
  • Teach two graduate courses per semester with the option to teach during the summer. Instructional modes typically include synchronous, online distance education.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across campus, within the larger LIS profession, and in other academic disciplines
  • Take a leadership role in SLIS’s proposed Graduate Certificate in Youth Literature and Services
  • Engage in scholarly, educational, and community initiatives that promote youth literature and literacy across the University of Alabama and within the larger community, state, and region
  • Participate in professional organizations at the state, national, and international levels
  • All faculty members are expected to work with diverse constituencies, seek external grants/funding, and contribute to SLIS’s social justice-driven curriculum 

Link to Apply and for Additional Information on the Position: