Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in English, American Literature

Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 19, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

in English, American Literature


The Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in English, specializing in Early American literature. We are especially interested in specializations in ecocriticism and nature writing; indigenous literatures; gender, feminist, womanist approaches; African American rhetoric, social movements, and literature; or other approaches. The successful candidate will teach first-year writing, literature survey courses, and English majors’ courses, both seated and online. The candidate will also be expected to develop and teach graduate courses in the interdisciplinary MALS program and the MAT program. The position is an academic year, tenure-track appointment that reports to the Chair of the Department of English and will begin on August 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with experience and competitive with comparable programs.

The Department of English offers undergraduate degrees and minors in English, with concentrations in writing (creative and professional), literature, and secondary education. The department also teaches first-year writing and literature survey courses in the general education curriculum. It offers English courses in two graduate degree programs: the multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and the Master of Arts in Teaching in English. We offer the major 100% online and seated. For additional information, see http://www.clayton.edu/english.

Position in English:
The successful candidate will teach courses in American literature, first-year writing, literature survey courses, major courses, and graduate courses.


  • An earned Ph.D. in English, specializing in early American literature with one or more of the following specializations: ecocriticism and nature writing; indigenous literatures; Afrofuturistic literature; African American rhetoric, social movements, and literature; gender, feminist, womanist approaches; or other fields. ABD candidates with a firm dissertation defense date may be considered;
  • A record of successful college-level teaching at the undergraduate level, both seated and online;
  • Successful experience in teaching First-Year Writing;
  • Knowledge of the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning;
  • Interest in teaching graduate students in the MALS and MAT programs;
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.



  • Commitment to teaching first-generation college students;
  • Evidence of scholarship, professional development, or experience in inclusive or innovative pedagogies;
  • Familiarity with electronic portfolio assessment;
  • Expertise in online teaching;
  • Interest in service learning and community engagement;
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.



  • Teach both online and seated undergraduate and graduate courses; load is 4-4 with optional summer teaching;
  • Engage in professional development and scholarly activities leading to grants, presentations, and publications;
  • Participate in committee service to the department, college, university, and community;
  • Participate in departmental and university activities and outreach.



Located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University offers employees a diverse learning environment that fosters both professional and personal development. The university is committed to cultivating a setting of engaged, experienced-based learning enriched by active community service. Clayton State offers multiple bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and currently enrolls over 7000 students in challenging face-to-face and on-line courses. A mere twenty minutes from downtown Atlanta, the campus sits on 214 beautiful acres. Named for six consecutive years as a “Top Workplace in Atlanta” by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Clayton State was listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2017.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the contact information for three current references. For full consideration of your dossier, send documents by June 1, 2021; position open until filled. To apply go to: https://www.clayton.edu/human-resources/employment-opportunities. For additional questions, contact the Department of Human Resources at (678) 466-4230. For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or oneusgsupport@usg.edu.  

Conditions of Employment:
Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Clayton State University, as determined by Clayton State University in its sole discretion; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug text. Offers are subject to applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules, and regulations of this institution, and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the U.S. will be required at the time of hire. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Clayton State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunity to all qualified applicants, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or handicap, as a matter of University policy and as required by applicable State and Federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Title IX Coordinator, Director of Human Resources (678) 466-4230. Individuals with disabilities, who need to request accommodations or obtain this document in an alternative format, contact the Disability Resource Center, Student Center Building, Room 255, (678) 466-5445.