Assistant Professor (English – Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States)

The Department of English in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences seeks applicants for a tenure track faculty position beginning August 1, 2022, in Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) prior to 1900, specific area of specialization open.  The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, maintaining scholarly productivity, and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.

Valdosta State University is proud to have a highly diverse student body, and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. 

With thirty-four full-time faculty members, the Department of English offers a B.A. with emphases in both Literature and Language and in Journalism as well a dual degree that leads to both a B.A. in English and a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education. The department also supports an on-campus M.A. (with literature and rhetoric/composition tracks) and an online M.A. designed for in-service language arts teachers. The department houses a myriad of impressive student publications including the Spectator (student newspaper), Omnino (undergraduate research journal), On Tap (general-interest magazine), and Odradek (literary magazine).

For more information contact the search chair, Dr. Kendric Coleman, via email at    


Teaching in Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) prior to 1900, specific area of specialization is open.  Candidate must be able to teach the first half of the general American Literature survey (pre-1865) as well as General Education World Literature course.  The bulk of the 4-4 teaching load will be in designing and teaching courses in Multi-Ethnic American Literatures (both broadly conceived introductory classes and more specialized upper-level and graduate classes) as well as offering courses that could be cross-listed with VSU’s Africana Studies program (and, potentially, also cross-listed with our Women’s and Gender Studies program).  The ideal candidate will also have secondary interests in one or more of the following: Digital Humanities, Medical Humanities, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and/or Environmental Literature.

In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will be required to maintain scholarly productivity and provide service at the department, college, and university levels.


  • PhD in English with a concentration in Multi-Ethnic Literatures of America;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • A record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant’s career stage;
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
  • A record of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds in experiential learning such as undergraduate research.

Online application is required and should be submitted by September 28, 2021.

Valdosta State University is a regional comprehensive university located on a gorgeous 168-acre campus of palm trees, vast green lawns, Spanish mission style architecture and an award-winning design. The university serves a student enrollment of approximately 11,750 from all states within the US and hosts over 300 international students from more than 76 countries. It is located in the city of Valdosta, a very family-friendly area with new housing developments, modest living costs, excellent public and private schools, a vibrant music and arts scene, and a 170-acre theme park, Wild Adventures. The city is served by the Valdosta Regional Airport and is home to Moody Air Force Base. It is located just north of the Florida state line on Interstate 75 and is within a two-hour drive of Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida and a three-hour drive of Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit or for information about the community visit   

Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including (but not limited to) minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

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