Assistant Professor of American Literature and Composition (Shawnee State University)

The Department of English and Humanities at Shawnee State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in American Literature and Composition beginning August, 2015. Shawnee State University is the regional state university for South-Central Ohio. It is a primarily undergraduate, four-year public university with limited graduate degree programs. Enrollment is approximately 4,400 students. Shawnee State is located on the Ohio River in Portsmouth, Ohio – a small city nestled in a beautiful, rural area of Southern Ohio. Portsmouth is approximately an hour drive from Huntington, WV, and two hours from Columbus or Cincinnati, Ohio. Additional information about SSU is available at

The successful candidate will be expected to regularly teach both composition courses and American literature courses; teach childrens and/or adolescent/young adult literature courses; and demonstrate teaching effectiveness and the potential for scholarly activity in American literature and/or composition. Additional responsibilities include serving on departmental and/or university committees and advising students.


Ph.D. in English with specialization in American literature and/or adolescent/young adult literature

A.B.D. candidates with a firm completion date by August 2015 will be considered

three years teaching experience at the college level

Desired Background/Experience:

teaching American poetry

teaching Reading

working in writing centers

working in an open-admissions educational setting

The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration candidates are encouraged to submit an application no later than January 1, 2015. Complete the required online application information at Upload a cover letter (specifically addressing how your qualifications meet the posted requirements of the position), a 1-2 pagestatement ofteaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, unofficial undergrad and graduate transcripts, and letters of recommendation from three professional references addressed to Dr. Jeff Bauer, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences.

Shawnee State offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience and qualifications) including a generous benefits package (for more information about university-provided benefits, click here: Employee Benefits). Employment with the University is dependent upon BOT budget approval for AY15/16. Official transcripts and background check are required prior to hire.

SSU seeks individuals who share our commitment to students as our first priority.

Shawnee State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against any individual because of race, color, genetic information, religion, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status or military status.

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