Assistant Professor

Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 11, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Function:

The Department of English seeks an assistant professor of Professional Writing for a tenure-track position to begin August 16, 2021. Competitive candidates will have demonstrated expertise in teaching professional writing and a promising research agenda. While the research focus is open, we are especially interested in candidates who engage with the social justice turn in the field, critical race theory, antiracist pedagogy, or indigenous methods and analytical approaches. We also invite candidates with expertise in community-engaged learning, digital/public humanities, and/or interdisciplinary collaborations to apply.

Salary Grade : UC

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Department Profile:

The English department offers a traditional Bachelor’s and Master's degree in English, as well as a minor in English that helps students in other majors develop valuable writing, research, and critical thinking skills. We offer workshop and craft classes in creative writing, and each year bring to campus visiting writers who not only read and discuss their work, but also visit workshops and meet informally with students. Our linguistics classes can contribute to careers such as language teaching, publishing, and speech therapy. We also offer a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Additional information about the Department of English at Mississippi State University can be found at . Our department has committed to sustained antiracist work in areas including hiring, curricula, pedagogy, and the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff. This search is part of a cohort of three departmental hires this year (Creative Writing--Poetry, Creative Writing--Non-Fiction, and Professional Writing) intended to increase faculty diversity and to help further our goals of promoting equity and inclusivity across the department.

Area of Specialization:

Professional Writing

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2021

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will teach and develop professional writing classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. We currently offer classes in grant writing, writing for the workplace, and legal writing, and would like to expand our offerings. Mississippi State’s English department offers a BA and MA in English with significant courses in linguistics and creative writing as well. It is home to the university’s Writing Center and is a leader in writing across the curriculum. Mississippi State supports public-facing work through the Center for Community-Engaged Learning and a Public Humanities group. The faculty that we hire on the search will have latitude to shape the position and the role of writing in the department and will have opportunity to assume a leadership role after tenure. Standard teaching load is 2-2 for the first year, and then 3-2 after that.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must complete a Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric/Composition, Professional/Technical Writing, or related field by the time of appointment. Publications and professional service are required for tenure and promotion.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Interest candidates are invited to submit an application online at along with a cover letter, CV, and writing sample. Finalist will be asked to submit 3 letters of recommendation at the interview stage. For further information about this position, please contact Dan Punday, department head and search committee chair, at Application review will begin on December 15 and continue until filled. MSU is a public, land-grant institution and is classified as a “very high research activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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