Assistant Professor – English Education and Early American Literature – UW-La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse English Department seeks a tenure-track academic year assistant professor of English Education and Early American Literatures position in our vibrant and growing department. Required academic qualifications include a Ph.D. in one of the main specialty areas (either English Education or American Literature) and a Master’s degree in the other, with Ph.D. in hand by August 31, 2015. Our new colleague will have primary upper-level teaching responsibilities in English Language Arts pedagogy, adolescent literature, and language study for teachers, with regular assignments in Early American Literatures, general education literature courses and first-year composition.

Other responsibilities include advising and supervising pre-service teachers and administrative duties in the English Education major. Expertise in both English Language Arts pedagogy and early American literatures, evidence or potential for scholarship, and at least three years of teaching experience at the middle- and/or high-school level are required. Additionally, specific expertise in literature pedagogy and teaching interests in Early American canonical authors will be considered a plus.

Secondary areas of expertise may also include language and linguistics, school/community collaboration, and experience with edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment). An interest in transnational colonial (French, Spanish, English) literatures and in participating in study abroad opportunities in China are desirable.

This position is affiliated with the School of Education and therefore will be evaluated by both the dean of the College of Liberal Studies and the director of the School of Education.

The English Department supports and values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague who shares the department’s commitment to diversity and who will be a dedicated teacher, active scholar, and effective mentor for students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals.

A complete application will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference which will be uploaded confidentially by your reference providers. The position will remain open with a first review date of October 24, 2014. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Virginia Crank at

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this Faculty position and to apply, please visit

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-L is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.

UW-La Crosse is a 2013 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-L is proud to be one of only 55 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top three institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 350 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 73 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 87 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 67 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-L campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

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