Assistant Professor Position in English - Creative Writing
- Location details
- Huntsville, Alabama
- Position type
- Professor, Assistant
- Organization type
- 4-year college or university
- Composition and rhetoric, Creative writing
- Employment category
- Tenure Status
- Tenure or tenure track
- Academic Hiring Standards
- Hiring standards
ABOUT THE POSITION: The Department of English at The University of Alabama in Huntsville invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor appointment beginning Fall 2023. This is a tenure-earning appointment. Candidates must hold an MFA or a PhD in Creative Writing. All genres of creative writing are welcome to apply, though there is a preference for candidates in fiction whose work touches on themes of race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status and/or social justice. The ideal candidate will be a creative writer who demonstrates a record of publications and is invested in excellence in teaching. The regular teaching load is three courses (9 credit hours) per semester and may include both online and traditional formats; the successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in composition and creative writing and graduate courses for the English MA program.
APPOINTMENT DATE: August 2023
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The English Department at UAH is comprised of faculty committed to the promotion of literacies and the cultivation of scholarly and professional competencies in critical thinking and persuasive writing across a wide spectrum of literary, technical, and rhetorical situations. We foster intellectual and cultural diversity, originality of thought, and clarity and cogency of expression through degree programs designed to advance careful, sophisticated reading practices as well as complex analytical and research skills. We aim to cultivate our students’ management, organization, and production of knowledge. The department also houses the VUE lab which supports student and faculty research projects with eye tracking tools, heart rate monitoring, and AR technology.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE: The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at The University of Alabama in Huntsville includes roughly eighty-seven full-time faculty members and hosts nine departments. We offer an array of programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences including thirteen bachelor’s degree programs, five M.A. programs, one Ph.D. program, and eight certificate programs. The college has also led the way in creating several interdisciplinary minors, such as Global Studies; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Justice and Equity Studies; and Game Design and Development. Our class sizes are relatively small and our faculty are committed to students’ successes. Applicants may find more information about the College, the University, and Huntsville at https://www.uah.edu/ahs/prospective-faculty.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a comprehensive university offering academic and research programs in the colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Nursing; and Science. The university has over 9,000 students coming from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as from 48 countries. UAH received the highest research activity rating, “R1 – Very high research activity”, in the current update of the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is adjacent to Cummings Research Park, which houses nearly 300 companies and 29,000 employees involved in technology research and development, making it the second largest research park in the U.S. and fourth largest in the world. It is also in close proximity to Redstone Arsenal, which is home to more than 75 federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Materiel Command, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and a new $1B FBI campus. Within this environment, nearly 75% of UAH graduates remain in north Alabama upon graduation. For more information about UAH, see www.uah.edu/about.
ABOUT HUNTSVILLE: The Huntsville area is a culturally diverse community with a metropolitan area population of more than 400,000 and growing, making it the most populous city in Alabama. It also maintains one of the highest per capita incomes and standards of living in the Southeast. Known as the “Rocket City,” Huntsville has a major presence of technology, space, and defense industries, which allows the city to offer a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Huntsville has a high concentration of Ph.Ds., engineers, and STEM workers, and is recognized as a leading technology city with a rapidly expanding and diverse corporate ecosystem rich in innovation. Huntsville boasts a number of museums, historic sites, parks, and professional sports venues, including Huntsville Museum of Art, Burritt Museum and Park, EarlyWorks Children’s Museum, Alabama Constitution Village, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Monte Sano State Park, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Minor League Baseball’s Toyota Field, and Probst Arena for professional hockey. Active downtown and mid-city arts and entertainment districts, including Broadway and symphony performances and a new outdoor amphitheater music venue, contribute to Huntsville’s vibrant cultural life. For more information about Huntsville and its convenient location with easy access to Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta, please visit www.huntsville.org. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Huntsville as the best place to live in 2022-2023 among the 150 most populous metro areas in the country.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE: We seek candidates who value inclusiveness and diversity and who will support our commitment to equity. To this end, please submit the following 1.) a 1-page statement of past or future contributions to equity, inclusivity, and diversity in research, teaching, and/or service. You may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement, 2.) a letter of application, 3.) a C.V., 4.) 3 letters of reference, and 5.) a teaching philosophy statement. Applications should be sent to the English Search Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of application materials will begin December 15, 2022, and materials will be accepted until the position is filled. Information about the Department, the University, and Huntsville can be found at http://www.uah.edu/ahs/departments/english. Please refer to log number: 23-24-388.
UAH mandates that all employees maintain compliance with current federal regulations.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/females/veterans/disabled.