Associate or Full Professor in English and Cognitive Science, IU Bloomington

Title: Associate or Full Professor in English and Cognitive Science

Appointment Status:  Tenure

Department:  IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences ( at Indiana University in Bloomington invites applications for a tenured Associate or Full Professor position at the interdisciplinary intersection of cognition and literary study to begin in Fall 2023 or 2024. The successful candidate will hold joint appointments in the Department of English and the Program in Cognitive Science. IU has long been an international leader in research on cognition across humans, animals, and artificial systems, and in the study of intelligence as it manifests in embodied cognition. The Department of English has long nurtured strengths in poetics, narratology, stylistics, creative writing, and rhetoric, the application of cognitive methodologies to the analysis of cultural artifacts, and the study of literature in relation to epistemic transformations in the understanding of human consciousness. This hire builds on existing strengths to position IU at the forefront of new research innovations in our understanding of how human cognition and verbal aesthetics and expression interact.  We seek candidates interested in collaborating with faculty across the College (for instance, in Linguistics and the Media School) and the Bloomington campus (the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering), who will engage with the work of several research centers, including the Experimental Humanities Lab, the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, and the Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities.

Applicants must have a PhD in English, comparative literature, cognitive science, psychology, informatics, or a related field, and a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and professional experience appropriate for a tenured professorship at IU Bloomington, with robust commitment to the interdisciplinary focus of this joint appointment. We expect to hire a full or associate professor, but exceptional candidates at the assistant professor level may be considered. To advance scholarly innovation and excellence, we especially welcome candidates who will broadly increase the university’s diversity, equity, and inclusion through their lived experience, research, teaching, and/or mentoring. Candidates should be able to work effectively in a team environment. Review of applications will begin March 3, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, submit a letter of application describing research and teaching activities, CV, names of 3 references, and a 1–2 page diversity statement to Letters of recommendation may be requested later. 

Indiana University is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Bloomington is a culturally thriving and diverse college town with a moderate cost of living and the amenities for an active lifestyle.

Questions and confidential inquiries may be sent to Search Committee Co-Chairs Fritz Breithaupt ( and Michael Adams (

Information about benefits for all employees can be found at The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Before a conditional offer of employment with tenure is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes the matters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.