Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English

The Hollins University Department of English and Creative Writing in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley. 

Position & Qualifications 

Hollins is searching for a generalist with a research concentration in multiethnic American literature before 1900. Secondary fields of interest are open; other areas of teaching interest should be addressed in a letter of application. The successful candidate will join a collaborative department with interconnected literature and creative writing programs; will teach engaged undergraduates at all levels from introductory courses to senior honors projects, including writing-intensive courses; and will have ample opportunities for new course development. Teaching load is six courses per year. Other duties include advising students, participating in department and university service, and ongoing scholarly activity.  

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2022, a record of successful teaching at the undergraduate level, evidence of scholarly promise and accomplishment, and a strong commitment to the liberal arts and women’s education. The institution seeks to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff.   

The Department of English and Creative Writing is the university’s largest department and is internationally known for its history of supporting developing writers and scholars who go on to shape literary studies. With 12 full-time faculty members, the department offers a B.A. in English with concentrations in multicultural literature, creative writing, and literature and performance; a B.A. in Creative Writing; and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. The department houses three student-produced literary magazines:  Cargoes (all genres), Gravel (multicultural writing), and The Cyborg Griffin (speculative fiction).  

About Hollins   

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.  

Application Process  

Screening of candidates will begin October 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  • A cover letter that includes information about how you promote inclusivity, bring in diverse perspectives, and/or discuss racial issues in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service; and 
  • A curriculum vitae. 

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials: 

  • Three letters of recommendation;  
  • A writing sample; 
  • Teaching evaluations; and 
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.  

Applicants should submit materials via this web page. Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search committee co-chairs, Dr. Pauline Kaldas (pkaldas@hollins.edu) and/or Dr. Julie Pfeiffer (jpfeiffer@hollins.edu).  

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.   


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