Assistant Professor of English (9-mo-TT)

Alabama, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 28, 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 Assistant Professor of English, beginning August 2021.  This tenure-track, 9-month faculty position carries a teaching load of three four-credit courses per semester, as well as expectations for active research and service agendas. Teaching will include introductory and upper-level courses in English and American literatures and courses in general education and core curriculum programs, which cover first-year writing and the history of ideas. A robust and realistic scholarly agenda is expected, as is service to department, college, university, and community initiatives.

Qualifiied candidates will hold a Ph.D. in English from an institution accredited by HLC, MSCHE, NECHE, NWCCU, SACSCOC or WSCUC at the time of appointment. The English Department seeks a scholar of American literature with a specialization in the nineteenth century. Applicants with knowledge of film studies are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and the capacity to produce peer-reviewed scholarship. They 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. Fourteen faculty members serve approximately eighty majors in a traditional BA program of writing and literary study, in optional concentrations in Creative Writing and Film, and in 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 on November 30, 2020, and continue to be received until January 4, 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 an application for faculty position and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement, both accessible at the links below. 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” can be found at:

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

Please submit all materials in PDF format to:  

SUBJECT: Asst. Prof.- American Literature

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Geoff Wright (

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