Director of Communication Arts/Associate Professor of English (9-mo-TT)

Alabama, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 26, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for a position as Associate Professor of English, beginning August 2021. Duties for this 9-month, tenure-track position include a 2-2 teaching load in general education and English courses (courses are four credits), as well as active research and service agendas.

The selected candidate will also direct the first-year Communication Arts program in Samford University’s core curriculum. The Communication Arts program consists of a two-course sequence under the oversight of the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The first course focuses on the foundations of academic and vocational writing and speaking. The second course in the sequence is a theme-based seminar that reinforces these skills with greater complexity in field-specific disciplines. Director duties include (1) hiring and training faculty, developing curricula, and assessing the program; (2) coordinating with other directors in the core curriculum and the director of the Communication Resource Center; and (3) collaborating with departments and programs across the University to promote best practices in writing and communications pedagogy. Administrative assistance is provided for course scheduling, room assignments, and other management logistics.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Composition/Rhetoric or in English from an institution accredited by HLC, MSCHE, NECHE, NWCCU, SACSCOC or WSCUC. The department seeks a teacher and scholar of writing and writing studies. Successful candidates will have demonstrated a record of peer-reviewed scholarship and excellence in teaching, as well as experience leading writing programs or centers. Candidates must be committed to innovative teaching, student 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. Fourteen faculty members serve approximately eighty majors in a traditional BA program of writing and literary study with optional concentrations in Creative Writing and Film Studies as well as minors in English, Film and Video Studies, and Writing. The department supports a master’s degree program in Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education and cooperates with Samford University’s 3 plus 3 J.D. 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 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability, and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. 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 December 1, 2020, and applications will no longer be received after January 15, 2021. Please submit an application letter, curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, description of teaching experience, description of research interests and activities, along with two completed forms, the application for a faculty position and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement, both accessible at the links below. Academic salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

“Application for Faculty Position” found at:


“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” found at:


Please submit all materials in a PDF format to:

Subject: CA Director/Assoc. Prof. - English

Questions may be addressed to search committee co-chair, Dr. Brad Busbee (

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