Visiting Assistant Professor, Williams College

The English Department at Williams College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature and culture, for the 2023-24 academic year. Research and teaching interests including, but not limited to, comparative literature, aesthetics, the relationship between history and form, poetics and rhetoric, embodiment, and race, gender, and sexuality are welcome. Teaching responsibilities include a 2-2 teaching load. Candidates should be prepared to teach two advanced courses in their area of specialization in addition to introductory courses focused on Shakespeare and the Renaissance era.

Williams is an institution that places a high value on undergraduate teaching; consequently, we seek applicants who can demonstrate in their supporting materials a capacity for excellent teaching and a commitment to working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. To this end, please provide a brief statement addressing your commitment to working with a student population that is broadly diverse in your cover letter and/or your statement about teaching and community engagement. We provide visiting faculty with mentoring in teaching including participation in the college’s professional development program, First3, for new faculty.


Candidates should have their Ph.D. or dissertation completed by the beginning of the appointment.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted via Interfolio and should include:

  • a cover letter;
  • CV;
  • a writing sample (up to 25 pp.);
  • a 1-2 pp. statement describing your teaching and community engagement;
  • three letters of reference.

Fax and email applications will not be accepted.

The search committee plans to conduct Zoom interviews in late March.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Position begins

July 1, 2023

Application deadline

March 1, 2023

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Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams website (