Department of English

Creative & Critical

English at Rice offers a distinctively innovative creative and critical education. Unique among our peer institutions, our signature creative and critical curriculum integrates the creative aspects of the study of literature and the critical features of creative writing. Across research, reading, and writing, students and faculty encounter literature’s power to transform what we know and who we can be. Our courses examine how cultural forms and legacies shape our imagination and craft creative visions of the possible. We invite you to explore our department’s offerings. We promise that the work you do in English will open new worlds, alter how you see yourself, and profoundly imprint any path you pursue.

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The Department of English at Rice University, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (CSWGS), seeks to hire an assistant professor or associate professor of Sexuality Studies in literature and media of the twentieth century, with special emphasis on intersectional and historically-informed approaches. We seek outstanding applicants working within the field of Sexuality Studies and particularly welcome scholars specializing in one or more of the following areas: race, ethnicity, feminist theory, LGBTQ and trans* studies, media studies, environmental studies, medical humanities, digital humanities, science and technology studies. Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a strong research and teaching portfolio, and a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University expects faculty members to maintain an active program of scholarly research and publication and to contribute service to the Department, University, and profession. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in English or a related field by no later than July 1, 2024, and evidence of effective writing and teaching. The Department is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from diverse candidates, including from women and minorities. General information about the Department and the CSWGS can be found at and

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