Assistant Professor (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

The English Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato seeks a specialist in American literature with a multicultural emphasis (for example African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, and/or Native American literatures). Responsibilities include teaching a variety of courses at the introductory, upper-level, and graduate levels, including at least one semester of the American literature survey (the year-long sequence is beginnings to 21st century) and courses in the candidates area of specialization. In addition, candidates must be prepared to teach writing-intensive general education literature courses and composition. An ability to teach online and/or hybrid courses is desirable. Also required: continued scholarly activity, undergraduate and graduate advising, and service on department or university committees. Standard university teaching load is 24 credits per year (standard English Department load is three 4-credit courses per semester).


Doctorate in English or closely related field, conferred on an official transcript by August 10, 2015.
Specialization in American literature, with an emphasis in a multicultural subfield.
Evidence of preparation to teach literature courses in area of specialization.
Evidence of preparation to teach an American literature survey course.
Relevant scholarly activity.
College-level teaching experience in literature and writing.


Demonstrated ability to teach online or hybrid courses at the college level.
Experience using classroom technology (e.g., course management systems).
Record of successful contributions to student growth and development.
Record of successful workplace collaboration or other departmental, college, or university service.
Scholarly or research interests that will advance the mission and goals of the English department at Minnesota State University, Mankato (see for departmental goals).
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.

The English Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato includes masters level programs in Creative Writing (MFA), Literature and English Studies, Technical Communication, and TESL, and undergraduate programs in the same fields plus Humanities and English Education. There are also undergraduate minors in linguistics and film studies. The English department is also responsible for the universitys large composition program and offers general education courses in literature, film, popular culture, and humanities. For further information, visit the department website at: Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found at:

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

Cover Letter
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Contact information for three (3) references
Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
Statement of philosophy of teaching and research goals
Writing sample
Three professional letters of reference sent to the Search Committee Chair, Richard Robbins, at the address below.

Contact Information:
Professor Richard Robbins, Search Committee Chair
Department of English
230 Armstrong Hall
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001-8400
E-mail inquiries:
Phone: (507) 389-1354
TTY: (800) 627-3529
Fax: (507) 389-5362

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

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Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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