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Assistant Professor of English

Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, Minnesota
per credit
Posted Date
Jan 26, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

This position will teach courses for the English, Philosophy, Spanish, and Humanities Department. This position will support the Communication Arts & Literature Education major and College Now. These courses range from English writing courses required by the University’s Liberal Education Program to courses that support the Bachelor of Arts in English degree with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Other assignments are possible based upon the individual’s expertise.

  • Courses may include English 099, 151, and 251 (composition courses); ENG 204: Introduction to Journalism; ENG 362: History & Structure of the English Language; ENG 365: Modern Grammar; ENG 480: Tutoring Writing; ENG 490: Contemporary Composition Theory and Pedagogy; and other classes according to individual’s specialty area. When opportunities exist, this position may teach LEP 101 First Year Seminar. This position will also mentor concurrent enrollment instructors in the College Now dual credit program, especially for Composition courses. This position may direct the Writing Center. The person in this position will be expected to participate in departmental activities (meetings, committee representation, assessment, program evaluation, recruitment) regularly. Duties also include student advising, contribution to student growth and development, evaluating student performance, student recruitment to English program, scholarly activity, and service to the University community. SMSU, in its commitment to meeting the service needs of the region, expects faculty to engage in regional service, education or study as part of their community service responsibility.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Applicants must have a terminal degree (PhD) in English, Composition, Rhetoric, or a closely related area.   Must have college teaching experience with composition. Must have demonstrated excellence in teaching through multiple modalities. Demonstrated commitment or proven strategies for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and demonstrated ability or proven strategies to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds are required. The successful candidate must be able to travel, work well with various on- and off-campus constituencies, communicate clearly, be organized and attentive to detail, and be a team player. Must have an understanding of and appreciation for liberal education. Student-centered approach to education and a commitment to helping grow the English program.

Preferred Qualifications:  Fill in for Unclassified Positions

  • Collegiality within the department is highly desirable, as well as a willingness to work with the department's Writing Committee to meet assessment and curriculum requirements. Experience working with concurrent enrollment. Demonstrated abilities/ competence in instructional technology and commitment to interdisciplinary education is preferred. Experience with Writing Center administration is preferred.


Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.  SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and strong student/faculty relationships. We area a public institution offering over 50 majors and minors and four master’s degrees.  Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions.  The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings.  Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.


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