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Administrative Assistant Position: 10 Hours a Week.

The English Department at NDSU is looking for an administrative assistant to work approximately 10 hours a week on various tasks:  supporting existing administrative duties, maintaining the department's website and Facebook page, assisting with registration, composing a department newsletter, keeping a calendar and sending reminders of events, supporting events, assisting with assessment of events, etc.  

Position is funded through May 2015 and will be re-assessed at that time.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Required skills and attributes:
1. Good writing skills.
2. Experience with web content creation and social media tools.
3. Organized and self-directed.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Bachelor's degree, English major or minor. Will consider someone working towards a degree, as well as degrees beyond Bachelor.

2.  Administrative, public relations, technical writing, or professional writing experience.

3. Experience working in office settings.

The position will be a time-slip, non-benefitted position, meaning the person hired will get paid for hours worked. Ten hours is a general estimate with some weeks consisting of fewer hours, other weeks consisting of up to 30 hours during the school year.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio of work (electronic or paper portfolio) to Gary Totten,, that highlights writing and design skills, content management skills, or other skills essential to this position.

Review of candidates will begin July 25th and continue until position is filled.  Ideally, the person hired will be able to start August 16th.

The mailing address for the English Department is:

Dr. Gary Totten

NDSU-Dept. 2320

P.O. Box 6050

Fargo, ND  58108-6050


English Department seeks Visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature

NDSU English Department seeks a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in American Literature beginning August 2014 to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature before 1900, early American survey, first-year and upper-division writing courses, and grant and proposal writing.  Duties: 3/3 course load, service on one departmental committee each semester. 

Minimum qualifications:

PhD in English or related field.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

College teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Dissertation, publications, graduate coursework, or teaching experience in American literature before 1900.

Experience teaching grant and proposal writing

North Dakota State University is an EO/AA Employer, an NSF ADVANCE institution and Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution. This position is exempt from North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Please send cover letter and CV to search chair, Gary Totten, via Online Employment System  For first consideration please submit materials by June 15, 2014.

The Department

The English department offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in English as well as a B.A. and a B.S. in English education. Minors are available in literature and writing studies. The Department of English offers a doctorate in English with emphases in rhetoric, writing, and culture, and a Master of Arts degree in English with emphases in literature and writing studies. Our faculty represent a range of specialization: writing, rhetoric, American and British literature and Linguistics.

The University

As the state's Morrill Act land-grant institution, NDSU has enjoyed remarkable growth and success and now boasts over 14,000 students learning from a faculty engaged in a wide range of scholarly activities and service opportunities. The university boasts a number of nationally-ranked programs and recently achieved the elite “Research University/Very High Research” designation from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

NDSU is an NSF ADVANCE institution and strives to be leader in equity, diversity, and global outreach activities in the state and region. The institution has a dual-career policy and we attempt to accommodate dual career couples when made aware of need.

The Community

With more than 200,000 people in the metro area on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, Fargo-Moorhead is among the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The metro area’s quality of life and economic opportunity have been recognized by organizations that include Money Magazine, the American Planning Association, and the CQ Press (see Gallup-Healthways also recently ranked North Dakota second in the country in resident well-being. The state’s budget surpluses and consistently low unemployment add to the high quality of life. Among the other factors contributing to Fargo-Moorhead’s reputation are excellent educational opportunities from pre-school through college, advanced medical technologies, a progressive business community, cultural and arts opportunities, a clean environment, and friendly residents.

The following links offer more information on the FM community:

City of Fargo

City of Fargo Awards and Recognitions

Downtown Fargo

Fargo-Moorhead Visitor & Travel Information


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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:02:19 PM