Assistant Professor of English: Early American Literature

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor, beginning August 2019 and specializing in American literature and culture from the earliest period of contact and exploration through 1865. The successful candidate will participate in 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 are at a 2/2 load, which includes American Literature Survey, from earliest contact to 1865, and other undergraduate and graduate courses (descriptions can be found on department website). Opportunities exist to develop and teach courses in the 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. 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)
  • Ability to teach American Literature Survey, from earliest contact to 1865

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Writers of color
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Cultural rhetorics
  • Writing studies

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

The University: Located on the state’s eastern border in North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo, NDSU is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution, with ca. 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.

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 Times, The 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, Fargo-Moorhead is the largest metropolitan center between Minneapolis and Spokane. 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. Additionally, NDSU is an NSF ADVANCE instistution, with a Carnegie high research classification. Women & 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 the NDSU Online Employment System: Screening will begin on 29 November 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

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