Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor of English (Generalist)

Position: The Department of English and Linguistics in the School of Arts & Letters at Truman State University invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Professor of English, generalist position.  This is a nine-month, full-time appointment that will begin in August 2023.



  • Teach a wide range of courses for BA English, MA English, and MAE English Education students: subject matter may include film, popular literary genres/forms, and/or digital humanities in addition to core offerings in literature, academic writing, and public writing
  • 4-4 teaching load (or equivalent)


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or EdD in English or related field (completed by August 2023)
  • At least 18 credit hours in graduate-level literature coursework
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness or potential for teaching effectiveness
  • Evidence of relevant scholarly achievements and potential for future scholarly success
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to the public liberal arts mission of Truman State University


Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated expertise or interest in one or more of the following areas of high demand and desirable areas of program growth:

  • folklore studies
  • Shakespeare
  • diverse/minority literature
  • theory/pedagogy of online instruction
  • digital humanities

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.  The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.  The awarding of tenure and promotion is based on success in the University’s teacher-scholar model.

Our Programs:  Truman State University offers a BA and MA in English and an MAE in Secondary English Education. The English BA program is designed to give students strong common experiences and skills while allowing room for them to select many courses depending on their interests, passions, and plans for life and work after completing their undergraduate degrees. In order to provide flexible access to working adults, English courses for the MA and MAE programs are primarily offered online. Regardless of their chosen paths, all English students graduate with an understanding of how literary and cultural texts are created and how we can most meaningfully engage with them. English faculty are committed to anti-racist, inclusive teaching practices, and many courses include explicitly anti-racist outcomes. English courses attract a diverse, talented, highly engaged student population who greatly appreciate working with faculty who enact a commitment to diversity and inclusion both inside and outside the classroom. For more information about the program, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application: The School of Arts and Letters handles the application process.  Electronic submission of applications is preferred and may be completed at  Application materials may be submitted to or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.


Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter addressing the following:
    • required and preferred qualifications
    • relevant past scholarly activity as well as future interests
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses one or more of the current challenges of teaching English and approaches to effectively meeting those challenges
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of demonstrated success in teaching excellence
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  • Three recent letters of recommendation (or references) with contact information.


Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.  Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Dan Doman, Department Chair of English and Linguistics, at

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or

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