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The Western Literature Association seeks applications for the position of Editor, Western American Literature, its journal published quarterly since 1966. The present editor, Thomas Lynch (University of Nebraska), will retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The Association seeks to have the new editor in place at least by January 1, 2021 and available to work with the current editor by that date so that there are about six months of overlap.

Those interested in the position are urged to contact any member of the search committee to discuss particulars and to obtain a copy of the position description.

Western American Literature is published now by the University of Nebraska Press, an arrangement the Press is willing to continue. At the same time, the Association is open to other models of publication preferred by the successful applicant or applicants (coeditors from different institutions, for example, or another press).

Applicants need to be recognized scholars active in the literatures of the North American West, familiar with the Association (preferably a member of some tenure), and possessed of editorial experience appropriate to that person’s present stage in their career. Additionally, applicants should bring with them institutional support for their work as Editor (for example, some of the following: course reductions, summer salary, office space, administrative support, dedicated graduate-student assistance as editorial fellows, or other institution-specific support). Potential applicants should feel free to consult with committee members or WLA officials about how to negotiate for this support. These matters should be addressed on campus before applying and their availability and extent should be outlined in the letter of application.

Applicants should submit a letter with curriculum vitae outlining interest and the specifics of institutional support to:
Robert Thacker, Chair, Western American Literature Editor Search Committee, rthacker@stlawu.edu.

Members of the Search Committee:

Joshua Anderson (University of St. Joseph): jtanderson@usj.edu
Hank Nuwer (Franklin College): hnuwer@franklincollege.edu
Lisa Tatonetti (Kansas State University): tatonett@ksu.edu
Robert Thacker (St. Lawrence University): rthacker@stlawu.edu
Jennifer Tuttle (University of New England): jtuttle@une.edu

Search remains open until filled.

The University of Oregon is excited to announce their PhD program in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon.

Applications will begin Fall 2020, with a mid-December deadline for the first cohort in the Fall of 2021. For questions please email iresgradstudies@uoregon.edu or visit ethnicstudies@uoregon.edu.


  • Western Literature Association (WLA)

    Founded in 1965, the Western Literature Association (WLA) is a non-profit, scholarly association that promotes the study of the diverse literature and cultures of the North American West, past and present.

  • Western American Literature (WAL)

    (The Journal)

    Published by the Western Literature Association, Western American Literature is the leading journal in western American literary studies.

  • Black Lives Matter

    The Western Literature Association (WLA) is in solidarity with Black communities, after the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the ongoing pattern of systemic racism and injustice that targets black and brown bodies. ...http://www.westernlit.org/black-lives-matter/