Assistant Professor of English (Messiah College)

Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English in the School of the Humanities at Messiah College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of English to begin August 2015.

Position Summary:  The Messiah College English Department invites applications for a full-time, term-tenure track Assistant Professor of English with a specialization in American literature. Ability to teach diverse literatures of the United States and Pre-1900 literature required. Qualified candidates with ability to teach modern American literature and/or critical theory are especially welcome. Capability in digital humanities and/or administration highly desirable.

Responsibilities: Primary teaching responsibilities may include a mix of upper-level American Literature, General Education Literature, and First Year Seminar courses. Teaching load is 4/4. All faculty at Messiah College are expected to contribute to institutional service, including advising, and to be an active scholar in his/her field.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in American Literature. Exceptional ABD candidates nearing completion also considered.

The Program: The Messiah College English major offers concentrations in Literature and Writing, as well as Education certification. Students may also minor in English and/or Creative Writing.

The Department: The Department of English is a community of writers, critics, and teaching scholars. We are guided by the understanding that language significantly shapes our identity, deepens our interactions with others, and enables us to change the world. We emphasize the interdependence of creativity, theory, and vocation.

The College: Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of nearly 2,800 undergraduate students including over 11% of under-represented and 3.2% international students from 23 countries and nearly 450 graduate students including 10.7% of students from under-represented populations.

The College is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah College is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.

Diversity: The College seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflects and appreciates the uniqueness that the individual brings to the workplace while striving to provide an atmosphere of success. Messiah’s strategic plan includes a commitment to community engagement in diverse settings and the development of cross-cultural competencies as well as a commitment to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to global engagement. As such, Messiah College is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. Successful candidates will evidence similar commitments.

Compensation: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience

Applications and Nominations: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide current curriculum vitae as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah College, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”

Additional documents required for application to this position are listed in the online job posting. Paper applications will not be accepted. To submit an application and supporting materials see:

Messiah College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color,  sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the College does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the College. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.

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