Assistant Professor specializing in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (West Virginia U)

The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by August 2016. The successful applicant must demonstrate commitment to and potential for establishing and maintaining a strong record of excellence in research as evidenced by an active research agenda, conference papers and publications, as well as commitment to and potential for teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The teaching load for research-active graduate faculty is two courses per semester. The ability to teach the survey of American Literature 1865 to present is required, as is the ability to teach effectively upper-division courses in 20th/21st Century American literature, American Poetry, and Modern and Contemporary American Poetics. The successful applicant will have opportunities to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses and to develop graduate courses and seminars in her/his field. The department values intellectual diversity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse students and colleagues.

The Department of English has a full-time faculty of 42 in literature, creative writing, socio-linguistics, and composition and rhetoric, and we offer a full range of academic programs (B.A., M.A., M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing, M.F.A., and Ph.D.). Current initiatives include a Digital Publishing Institute, which will offer opportunities and support for digital humanities projects. West Virginia University is designated a research-high activity university with more than 30,000 students. The city of Morgantown, which is often ranked among the best small cities in the United States, is conveniently located within driving distance of Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Washington, D.C.

The position begins August 16, 2016. For possible Skype interviews in December, initial review will begin November 2, 2015; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

To apply for this position, please visit and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload a letter of application and c.v. We will request full dossiers and writing samples from selected candidates through November, so please dont submit these materials at this time. For more information, please visit our website ( or contact the chair of the search committee (

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