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How to Apply

To apply, send an application letter explaining your qualifications and teaching philosophy, a current CV, two letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching excellence, which ideally will include formal teaching evaluations (from students and/or in the form of reports or reviews following a  classroom observation) to: 

            Aric Knuth
            Director, New England Literature Program
            Department of English Language and Literature
            University of Michigan
            3187 Angell Hall
            Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1003

Job Summary

The Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan seeks applicants for Intermittent Lecturer positions for the New England Literature Program (NELP) in New Hampshire during the spring half-term of 2019 (exact dates below). These non-tenure track positions constitute 100% effort each and are to be appointed for one term only with the possibility of reappointment for future Spring half-terms.  Terms and conditions of employment for this position are subject to the provisions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers Organization (LEO).


In addition to working closely with a team of instructors to plan and teach collaboratively a curriculum based in the literature, history and culture of primarily 19th and 20th century New England, this position will require teaching in nontraditional class spaces—on mountains, in the woods, in the Camp Kitchen or other workplaces, where learning and teaching take on forms that are fairly different from what is most often encountered in a more traditional classroom setting. This position also involves the teaching of creative writing, both in formal, workshop-style classes and in alternative writing groups that meet in a variety of settings.   Intermittent Lecturers at NELP live on-site in rustic accommodations that may or may not be furnished with heat and electricity, and are expected to participate fully in all aspects and activities of the program, which begins on April 28, 2019, with Staff Week, a week of planning and preparations before students arrive, and ends June 24, after a week of collaborative grading.  You can learn more about NELP by visiting

Required Qualifications*

The candidate must hold a B.A. in English Language and Literature or in another field with significant experience in literary studies or creative writing; candidates with a Ph.D. or M.F.A. in English are preferred.  The candidate should have demonstrated excellence in the teaching of writing and literature in the United States. 

Desired Qualifications*

Preference will be given to candidates with a background in experiential and alternative education, wilderness training, or experience with living-learning programs.  Work on ecocriticism, alternative learning communities, and pedagogy is also of particular interest.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

October 31, 2018, with hiring decisions to be announced by March 1, 2019.

Decision Making Process

Hiring decisions to be announced by March 1, 2019

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.