Assistant Professor of English (Tenure Track) Long Eighteenth Century, British and American

Birmingham-Southern College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of English. The position will begin August 2021.

BSC is committed to finding a teacher/scholar who will bring a new and diverse perspective to the study of literature of the long eighteenth century. The successful candidate may teach existing courses such as “Satire” and “Romantic Prose and Poetry,” but we are eager to have a new colleague create courses at introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate levels. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who can contribute to a new interdisciplinary program in Black Studies. We are also interested in applicants whose secondary interests align with our programs in Gender and Women’s Studies, Human Rights and Conflict Studies, or Applied Computer Science.

A successful candidate might contribute to the College in a number of ways: engaging students in digital humanities research (archival or big data), developing courses on the Black Atlantic, or examining key literary movements of the 18th and 19th century from a transatlantic perspective. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Commitment to undergraduate teaching and research in the liberal arts tradition is essential. Teaching load is 3-1-3, including a non-traditional January term project of the professor’s own creation. English faculty members typically contribute one course per term to our writing program, one course suitable for general education, and a third primarily for English majors. Ph.D. is required. Eligible candidates must have received their Ph.D. by time of employment.

BSC is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1200 undergraduate students. It is included in Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives and is a sheltering institution for Phi Beta Kappa. The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research. For more on the College’s faculty, students, educational mission, and national reputation, visit The campus is located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, which is the largest city in Alabama and a leading hub for banking and medical care and research in the Southeast. A vibrant center for entertainment, commerce, and recreational activities the city boasts a symphony; a ballet; a zoo; botanical garden; the largest art museum in the Southeast; a world-class civil rights institute and annual art, music, and film festivals—as well as numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure activities. In 2015, Birmingham was ranked as the #1 “next hot food city” by Zagat’s.

To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample, and three reference letters via Interfolio. The cover letter should summarize research interests and describe ways in which the candidate can contribute to the diversity of the classroom, program, and college.

Review process will begin November 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Tynes Cowan, at

Applications submitted via mail should be sent to:

Tynes Cowan

Chair, Department of English

Birmingham-Southern College

900 Arkadelphia Road, Box 594028

Birmingham, AL


BSC is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The BSC is also committed to expanding the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student body and in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Individuals from diverse populations are encouraged to apply. BSC complies with the Alabama Child Protection Act and E-Verify. EOE

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