Assistant Professor of English Education

The Department of English, housed in the College of Arts & Sciences at Appalachian State University, seeks applications for an Assistant Professor in English Education. The Department is home to over 400 majors, employing 39 tenured and tenure-track faculty and approximately 50 non-tenure track faculty. We offer a B.S. for Secondary English teaching licensure, as well as a B.A. with concentrations in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, technical and professional writing. The Department also offers an English M.A. with optional concentrations in College Teaching and in Rhetoric and Composition. We have a firm commitment to democratic decision making, excellence in teaching, active scholarship, and university and community service.

We seek a dynamic teacher/scholar with strong interpersonal skills who holds a PhD in English Education at the time of appointment. A related field with evidence of specialization in English Education may be considered. Expertise in how to teach English Education courses in adolescent literature, composition, and secondary methods for English Education is required. Specialization areas may include but are not limited to children’s literature, English grammar, digital literacies, reading instruction in secondary schools, principles of language and/or inclusiveness/diversity in English classrooms. The successful candidate will demonstrate the clear potential to maintain an active research program of peer-reviewed publications that indicates a progression of scholarship. An established commitment to excellent teaching and a minimum of three years of experience teaching secondary English is essential. Candidates must have the ability to supervise student teachers in the field, provide outreach to local and broader school communities, and be eligible for NC High School Teaching in English Licensure. The position requires a three-course teaching load each semester which may include the supervision of student teachers. 

To apply, please send a letter of application that explains your interest in this position and highlights the following: research, teaching and service in English Education and references to specific graduate coursework in the field; a statement of teaching philosophy; one sample syllabi with sample assignments of an English Education course; one published, forthcoming, or submitted writing sample; and a one-page statement about how your scholarship, teaching, and/or service contributes to diversity and inclusion for underrepresented individuals or groups. Please also submit a CV with the names and phone numbers of 5 references. All application materials are to be submitted electronically into the People/Admin System at Only electronic applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin Nov. 16, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by video conferencing before campus visits are arranged.


Appalachian State University, located in North Carolina’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. The University has been recognized as among the greenest schools in America by the Princeton Review and the Sierra Club. Additional information about the Department of English, Appalachian State University, and the surrounding areas may be accessed at


Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees; The university is committed to its affirmative action plans and seeks to deepen its applicant pools by attracting interest from a diverse group of qualified individuals. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. For more information please visit:

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Elaine J. O’Quinn,

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