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English (Medieval Literature and Languages) – Assistant Professor [UPDATED]

Department:  English
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization(s):  Medieval Literature and Languages
Search # 18-031

Southern Connecticut State University is a comprehensive university located in New Haven, a culturally vibrant environment surrounded by many fine universities with easy access to New York and Boston. SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven near the Westville Village section of the city.  SCSU is a student-centered and intentionally diverse institution and we regard student success as our highest priority. We seek to instill in all of our students the value of the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for professional development and life-long learning.

The English Department at Southern Connecticut State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Medieval Literature and Languages at the Assistant Professor level.  The English Department offers the B.A. degree with specializations in Literature, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing; the B.S. degree with teacher-certification (7-12); an M.A. degree; a post-baccalaureate program for initial teacher certification; and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.  We are particularly looking for candidates capable of teaching History of the English Language in addition to late Middle English Literature and Chaucer.  Teaching assignments will also include first year composition, general education literature, the introductions to the major, and graduate courses in medieval literature.  Please see our website at http://www.southernct.edu/english for more information.

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:  Candidates must be committed to teaching within a vibrant and demanding public liberal arts and sciences environment.  Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to conduct research/creative activity in their area of expertise.  Creative activities include mentoring student research leading to publication of theses, publishing articles in academic and professional journals, seeking funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributing to workshops and conferences.

Required Qualifications:  Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Medieval British literature by the time of appointment with a demonstrated ability to teach Chaucer, late Middle English literature, and History of the English Language.  Candidates must also provide evidence of their ability to engage in meaningful research activity and evidence of ability to teach in their area of expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:  Preference may be given to candidates who have experience teaching first-year composition and expertise and/ or teaching experience in one or more of the following: Linguistics, Classical literature, and World literature.  Preference will also be given to candidates who address their commitment and explain their approach to teaching writing and reading to a wide range of university students. 

Application Process:  All applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio or by email to:  English Search Committee Chair at ENGsearch1@southernct.edu.  Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy and interests, statement of research interests and plans, and writing sample.  In order for your application to be given full consideration, all materials must be received by Monday, October 16, 2017.  The position will remain open until filled.