Assistant Professor of TESOL

The Department of English at Mississippi State University invites applications for a tenure-track position for assistant professor. Doctorate required in Second Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or closely related field (or ABD with degree completed by 8/15/20) with a focus on TESOL pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

The successful candidate will carry a 2/2 load in the first year and a 3/2 (or 2/3) load in subsequent years. Teaching assignments will include undergraduate and graduate courses in TESOL pedagogy both face-to-face and online for the TESOL Certificate. The candidate will also be able to build upon existing connections with local public schools, the university’s English Language Institute, and the Mississippi Migrant Education Program. The candidate will have the opportunity to teach other courses as qualified and to develop new courses in their area of specialization. Publications and professional service are required for tenure and promotion. 

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in Second Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or a closely related field (or ABD with degree completed by 8/15/20) with a focus on TESOL pedagogy, as well as college teaching experience. Experience teaching English also required, either ESL in the United States and/or EFL abroad. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Instructions to Apply: Interested candidates must submit an application online at along with a cover letter describing their interest in the position, their CV, and contact information for at least three (3) references. For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Dan Punday, department head and search committee chair at Application review will begin on Nov. 1 and continue until filled. MSU is a public, land-grant institution and is classified as a “very high research activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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