pastures new

I’ve been sharing this news informally for a little while. But I just signed a contract, so it’s time to make my good news public. In the pit of wolves, lottery, or whichever metaphor you prefer to describe the academic job market in the humanities, I have been one of this year’s winners.

I am delighted to announce that in fall 2012 I will be joining the English Department faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of 20th-century US fiction with their Doctoral Program in Literature and Criticism. I’m particularly pleased that my new colleagues were excited about my interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, and I’m looking forward to developing graduate and undergraduate courses that incorporate speculative fiction and media, cultural studies, queer and feminist theory, digital media, and multimodal scholarly production (if not all at once…) as well as getting involved with IUP’s nascent Center for Digital Humanities and Culture.

I will be living in Pittsburgh, and have been hearing from all directions what a wonderful place that is; I can’t wait to discover a new part of the US along with new students and colleagues. Pittsburgh also feels tantalizingly close to all the places in the eastern half of the US (ETA: and Canada!) that I haven’t visited enough, so I’m hoping I will find the time to make some weekend trips once I’ve settled in.

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