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Assistant Professor of English: Early American Literature

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in American literature to 1865, beginning January 2016. We seek a colleague with teaching/research expertise from the earliest period of contact and exploration through the antebellum period; expertise in Transatlantic and/or Hemispheric American studies is especially welcome. The successful candidate will join a vibrant department offering BA, BS, MA, and PhD degrees in a supportive, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere for faculty and students at all levels. 

Position description and responsibilities: Teaching duties include a 2/2 load, which includes American Literature Survey to 1865 and other undergraduate and graduate courses (descriptions can be found on department website). Opportunities exist to develop and teach courses in candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will advise MA and PhD students and serve on thesis and dissertation committees. The candidate must expand an existing scholarly agenda through presentations and publications and the department expects a consistent record of scholarly production and publication at the time of tenure. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in English or related field
  • Record of scholarly achievement 
  • College teaching experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and social justice (through research, teaching, outreach or lived experience)

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to those candidates with experience or specialties in one or more of the following: 

  • Teaching American Literature Survey to 1865
  • Hemispheric, Transatlantic, Caribbean, Indigenous or Tribal, and/or African diaspora literatures 
  • Ecocriticism, feminism, sexuality and gender studies, queer studies, and/or disability studies
  • Digital humanities 

Salary: Salary is competitive, in an economically vibrant community and a state with budget surpluses. North Dakota State University provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.

The University: North Dakota State University is enjoying a remarkable period of growth and success. Located on the state’s eastern border in North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo, NDSU is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution. NDSU has over 14,000 students enrolled in a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, and a faculty involved in a range of scholarly activity and service. The university strives to be a leader in equity, diversity, and global outreach activities in our state and region. NDSU has a dual-career policy, and we attempt to accommodate dual career couples when made aware of need. 

The Community: Named one of the most desirable places in the country to live by Money magazine, Fargo has earned a reputation as a great place to live. Its downtown is one of the country’s top 10 neighborhoods among small cities, according to the American Planning Association. The Fargo-Moorhead community has many qualities that contribute to this reputation, including excellent educational opportunities K-12 through college, advanced medical technology, a progressive business community, numerous cultural and arts opportunities, a clean environment, friendly people, and a more diverse community than people often expect.

Fargo’s revitalized downtown has gained recent national publicity through such media outlets as the Los Angeles TimesThe Today Show, ESPN’s Game Day, and National Public Radio. The reports describe an energetic, contemporary feel to many of the downtown’s trendy restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment opportunities. With more than 250,000 people in the metro community and about 500,000 people in the service area, Fargo-Moorhead is the largest metropolitan center between Minneapolis and Seattle. To learn more about what national publications are saying about the community’s quality of life, visit

We seek diverse and innovative thinkers and recognize a wide range of scholarly activities in our tenure and promotion process. North Dakota State University’s English Department is committed to equity and diversity and actively seeks those scholars whose teaching, research, and/or diverse life experiences will help us extend these core values. NDSU is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. (This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans' Preference requirements.) Additionally, NDSU is an NSF ADVANCE institution and is one of the top 108 research universities nationwide, with a Carnegie very high research classification. Women and traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a CV and an application letter addressing minimum and preferred qualifications to search chair, Dr. Bruce Maylath, via NDSU Online Employment System: Screening will begin on 1 July 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

English Lecturer

One-year Lecturer position, starting August 16, 2015, to teach English 112 and 122 (ESL College Composition I and II). May teach additional classes as needed and based on qualifications. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Master’s degree in English, college-level teaching experience, effective oral and written communication skills, and experience in teaching first-year writing for non-native speakers of English.

Preferred Qualifications:  Knowledge of genre-based approach to teaching writing and coursework in ESL.

Screening will begin on 3/16/15. 

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NDSU in is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we especially welcome applications from ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. NDSU is a NSF ADVANCE institution, and is one of the top 108 research universities nationwide, with a Carnegie very high research classification.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 2:55:59 PM