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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 by March 31, 2020 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

Evans Biography Awards and Evans Handcart Award


Have you written or do you know of a work of biography, autobiography, memoir or family history published in the past two years with a significant connection to the Interior West? Submissions for the prestigious biennial Evans Biography Awards ($10,000 cash prize) and the Evans Handcart Award ($2,500 cash prize) are currently being accepted. Books must have a first publishing date of 2018 or 2019 and fit into one of the award criteria for place and genre. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2020. The awards are administered by the Mountain West Center at Utah State University. More information, including award criteria, and submission forms can be found at http://mountainwest.usu.edu/evans/evans-awards_submission or email mwc@usu.edu.

2019 Awards, Grants, and Fellowships from the BYU Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

Click here for information on their annual award funding cycle.

Applications are due March 15, 2019.

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2019 that are available for scholars, students, or organizations conducting research or producing public programming related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below. Follow the link https://reddcenter.byu.edu/Pages/Apply-for-an-Award for further information and application instructions. Applications for 2019 are due by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 15, and awardees will be notified by May 1. The Redd Center offers the following funding opportunities:

  • Fellowship awards in Western American History provide between $1,000 and $3,500 to students and scholars interested in pursuing research regarding the American West in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU. Awards fund up to one month’s research. Funds are to be used for research support including travel and lodging expenses, but not as salary. Awards are to be used for scholarly projects including preparation of seminar papers, theses, dissertations, monographs, and books.
  • Faculty Research Awards funded by the John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Research Endowment provide up to $3,000 to faculty members at any academic institution to conduct research on any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location. Awards are to be used for research support and not as salary. Both new and ongoing projects are eligible.
  • Independent Research and Creative Awards provide up to $1,500 to researchers who are not connected to an academic institution for studying Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Both new and on-going projects are eligible. Award funds are to be used for research support and not as salary. Research may be conducted at any location.
  • Summer Awards for Upper Division and Graduate Students at any academic institution provide up to $1,500 for research support for any topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Research may be conducted at any location. The funds are to be used for research support and not as salary. Awards may be used for any worthy project including the preparation of seminar papers, theses, and dissertations.
  • The Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women’s History provides up to $1,500 for research support concerning any aspect of women’s history in the American West (not limited to the Intermountain West). Applications not receiving the Redd Award but dealing with Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming will be considered for the Summer Awards for Upper Division and Graduate Student Awards. Research may be conducted at any location. The funds are to be used for research support and not as salary. Awards may be used for any worthy project including the preparation of seminar papers, theses, and dissertations.
  • Public Programming Awards provide up to $3,000 to any private or public organization planning a conference, museum exhibit, lecture series or similar public program on a topic related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Funds may be used for research or the actual costs of presenting the program. Indirect costs are not eligible to be covered under this award.
  • Clarence Dixon Taylor Historical Research Awards provide up to $2,500 for completed works from research regarding Central Utah (Utah, Carbon, and Wasatch Counties). Nominations can include theses, books, papers, monographs, articles, symposia, dramatic presentations, lectures, etc. Students and faculty of Brigham Young University or other institutions are eligible, as are other recognized scholars.
  • The Visiting Scholar Program enables university faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals to conduct research and write at the Redd Center. It provides a stipend of $2,500 per month for two to four months, office facilities, a networked computer, a research assistant, a limited photocopying budget, and campus library and activity privileges. Visiting Scholars participate in Center activities and deliver public and classroom presentations on their work. Visitors may be in residence for two to four months during either the Fall Semester (September-December) or the Winter Semester (January-April).
  • Publication Grants to Presses provide up to $3,000 to assist in the publication of scholarly studies on Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. The grants will be given to academic publishers to help offset the costs of publishing books and to lower the books’ selling price. At the time of application, the book should already have been accepted for publication by the press. The Redd Center may honor authors whose books receive a publication grant with a public lecture and book signing at Brigham Young University. The Center will defray the author’s travel and lodging expenses.



  • To apply for an award, visit the Redd Center website (http://reddcenter.byu.edu), and click on “Apply for an Award.” You will then be taken to our awards application page. After you have completed your application, you will receive a message indicating that your application has been successfully submitted. In addition, you will receive an email confirmation at the email address you list on your application. If you have any questions about the application process or about submitting your application, please contact Amy Carlin at 801-422-4048 oramy_carlin@byu.edu. If you have questions about the substance of your application you may contact either Brenden Rensink atbwrensink@byu.edu or Jay Buckley at jay_buckley@byu.edu. You may also follow the Redd Center on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BYUReddCenter/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/BYUReddCenter/) to stay up to date with events, awards, and announcements.

Cinema and Media Studies (CMS) Teaching Assistant Professor, English

Job Description

The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), invites applicants for a regular Teaching Assistant Professor position to begin July 1, 2020. We are seeking a specialist in Cinema and Media Studies (CMS) with a demonstrated record of teaching excellence in the field and an ability to teach English 202: Film Analysis and Interpretation, as well as other courses contributing to the department’s Minor in Cinema and Media Studies. We welcome applicants with expertise in a related area such as World Cinema, Indigenous Cinema, Queer Cinema, or Television Studies. Applicants are also expected to be able to teach literature of the U.S. and/or Core Humanities. The position carries a 4/4 teaching load with potential course release opportunities for academic advisement, assessment, curriculum development, and other administrative duties.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a Dual Career Assistance Program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Close Date

Priority will be given to applications received by January 24th. 

This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below.  The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date


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  • 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.