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Assistant Professor of English

Dixie State University
Utah, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2019

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

The Department of English at Dixie State University (DSU), in the picturesque red-rock southwestern city of St. George, Utah, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Literary Studies to begin July 1, 2020. We are particularly interested in candidates who can develop and deliver courses in multi-ethnic literature, especially Native American studies. The English department works with all students at DSU in developmental & general education requirements as well as offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science with four emphases in Creative Writing, English Education, Literary Studies, and Professional & Technical Writing as well as minors in Creative Writing, English Education, General Education, and Professional & Technical Writing. The English Department also offers a Masters of Arts in Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric. Additional information about the English department, its faculty and programs is found online at


  • Teach 24 semester hours in lower division, upper division, and graduate-level English courses, including English composition, as needed by the department.  Hold regular office hours and regularly teach in the University's General Education curriculum.
  • Teach lower division and upper division courses in literary studies, as needed by the department.
  • Teach lower division and upper division courses in at least one other area of expertise: Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, and/or Professional & Technical Writing.
  • Engage in scholarship and/or creative activities relevant to the position.
  • Assist in curriculum creation in literary studies.
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as assigned and attend departmental, college, and university meetings as required.
  • Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the university's mission, including: 
    • Conducting student assessment;
    • Mentoring part-time instructors;
    • Performing service for the college and university.
  • Participate in university and departmental student recruitment and retention initiatives.  
  • Facilitate service learning and engagement with the community. 


  • PhD in English, Literature, or related field by August 2020 from a regionally accredited institution
  • Additional background or specialization in at least one other area of study (Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, and/or Professional & Technical Writing); experience or specialization in multi-ethnic literature and/or Native American studies is preferred
  • Experience teaching and developing college-level literary studies curriculum in a variety of forms (finalists will be required to demonstrate competence via a teaching demonstration) 
  • Evidence of potential in scholarship and/or creative activities relevant to the position
  • Ability to employ various communication and teaching technologies 
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff and colleagues, both orally and in writing 
  • An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students 
  • Potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service

Supplemental Information

CONTRACT: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position.  Pay & benefits begin July 1, 2020 (service begins in early August).  Annual salary of $50,000+, depending on qualifications & experience (paid over 12 months, July – June).  Additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching.  Excellent benefits package included–see under "Example of DSU Benefits" for more details.
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins October 14, 2019; position open until filled.  Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (1-2 pages) about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population).  Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check.  If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of "active learning. active life" and we seek faculty and staff committed to providing students with an active learning environment. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to excellent outdoor recreational opportunities. The nearest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, NV (120 miles) with amenities such as an international airport and professional sporting teams.  Click here to learn more about the University.

Dixie State currently has approximately 10,000 students and has been a fast growing Utah public institution of higher education over the last several years.  We offer over 185 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases.  DSU seeks to recruit faculty and staff who enthusiastically support the University's strong commitment to its strategic plan, campus diversity, and growth trajectories.  DSU faculty and staff are committed to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender expressions.

DSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The President and employees of Dixie State University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities, services, and employment with regard to race / ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a person with a disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and protected veteran's status.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


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