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Assistant Professor of English, (9-month, Tenure Track)

Samford University
Alabama, United States
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 22, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to submit applications for a position as Assistant Professor of English, beginning August 2020.   This tenure-track position carries a three-course-per-semester teaching load, as well as expectations for active research and service agendas. Teaching will include introductory and advanced courses in English language, literature, and writing, as well as courses in general education and in the core curriculum program, which covers writing and the history of ideas. A substantial and realistic scholarly agenda is expected, as is service to department, college, university, and community initiatives.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in English or a related field is required at the time of appointment. The Department seeks a scholar trained in nineteenth-century British, Anglophone, or European literature and culture. Applicants with training and experience in the teaching of writing and in writing studies are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have demonstrated a record of peer-reviewed scholarship and excellence in teaching. Applicants must be committed to teaching, student development and mentorship, and collegial collaboration.

English studies has been a central focus of Samford University since the university’s founding in 1841, when the original institution was called the Howard College of English and Classical Studies. Seventeen faculty members serve approximately eighty majors in a traditional BA program of writing and literary study and in optional concentrations in Creative Writing and Film. These programs are undergraduate only; the department supports a master’s degree program in Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education and cooperates with Samford University’s 3 plus3 program in the Cumberland School of Law. For more information, see Samford’s English Department here.

Samford University ( is the largest privately-supported and fully-accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama.  Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has 366 full time faculty and more than 5,500 students.  Samford is ranked #4 in the South among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, and the institution has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability, and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The university is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting.  The university offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until January 17, 2020. Please submit a letter of application; curriculum vita with names and contact information of three references; evidence of teaching effectiveness; description of leadership experience, research activities, and interests; application for faculty position; and faculty applicant Christian mission statement.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:

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“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at: (

Please submit all materials as a PDF file to:

Subject: English, Assistant Professor

Samford is an Equal Opportunity Institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or national or ethnic origin.

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