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Chair of English, Associate or Full Professor

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks a tenured professor at the rank of associate or full to join us as Department Chair effective July 1, 2018.

The chair will lead a department with a successful PhD program in Rhetoric, Writing and Culture, strong undergraduate English studies majors, and a thriving vertical writing curriculum that teaches all undergraduate students at NDSU. The Chair is responsible for working with the faculty to refine the following: a departmental vision; a departmental budget; assessment; curriculum development; supervision of teaching; and mentoring for junior colleagues. The chair is responsible for scheduling, recruitment, and outreach.  The successful candidate will represent the Department to the College, the University. Faculty teach two courses per semester, with the chair receiving a two course per year teaching reduction.

 The successful candidate will hold a PhD, must have academic achievement sufficient for tenure according to the department’s promotion and tenure guidelines, and meet these minimum requirements:

  •  a distinguished record of relevant scholarship
  •  a record of highly effective teaching
  • a record of successful administrative and/or leadership experience 
  • experience relevant to supporting our PhD program through advising and teaching 
  • ability to communicate effectively in writing an orally
  • a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity through research, teaching, outreach, or lived experience.

The successful candidate will have scholarly expertise in rhetoric, writing studies, and/or cultural studies. Specialties might include:

  • classical rhetoric
  • community literacies
  • creative writing
  • critical theory
  • digital humanities
  • English Education
  • indigenous studies
  • linguistics
  • literacy studies
  • professional, technical or scientific writing
  • research methods
  • world literatures

Our new colleague will, preferably, have research and/or teaching that foregrounds social justice issues.

We seek diverse and innovative thinkers to meet the needs of our student focused, land grant, research university. Women and other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.   

Please upload a cover letter addressing the ways your record meets minimum and preferred qualifications, and include an up-to-date CV via Online Employment System Because we use a criteria-based evaluation system, letters that do not address our criteria are rarely successful. For first consideration please submit materials by  November 20, 2017.   

Salary: Salary is competitive in an affordable, growing, metropolitan area. North Dakota State University provides health and retirement benefits.

The University: North Dakota State University is located on the state’s eastern border in North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo. NDSU has over 14,400 students enrolled in over 90 majors, 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. NDSU is a NSF ADVANCE institution with a Carnegie high research classification.

 The Community: Fargo has been named one of the most desirable places in the country to live by Money magazine, and its downtown identified as one of the country’s top 10 neighborhoods by the American Planning Association.  The Fargo-Moorhead community includes excellent educational opportunities K-12 through college, a robust medical community, an evolving business community, numerous cultural and arts opportunities, a clean environment, and a more diverse community than people often expect. The FM Area is a Smart Move:

Fargo’s revitalized downtown has gained 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 224,000 people in the metro community and about 500,000 people in the service area, Fargo-Moorhead is among the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. To learn more about what national publications are saying about the community’s quality of life, visit




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