Assistant Professor, English

About this position

The Emory & Henry English Department is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor to start in August 2023. Our ideal candidate will be a specialist in the American South with expertise in teaching poetry (either as a poet or scholar). We are especially interested in applicants whose work focuses on any of the following traditions: Appalachian/Affrilachian/Gullah, Native/Indigenous American, Latinx, Asian American, or African American Literature.

Our future colleague will teach within their specialty, share in the teaching of American literature, annually teach composition, and offer interdisciplinary courses for our CORE program and/or Appalachian Studies/Civic Innovation. The annual teaching load is 20-24 credit hours a year, though course credit for college service is possible.


Essential Duties

  • Teach service courses annually
    • First-Year Writing (1 or 2 courses per year)
    • American Literature survey (1 course per year)
    • Studies in Poetry (1 course per year)
    • Courses in Appalachian Studies/Civic Innovation/CORE curriculum (1 course per year)
    • Upper-Level courses in specialization (1 course per year)
  • Collaborate with the Appalachian Center for Civic Life on the planning and direction of the annual Literary Festival, one of the college’s three annual literary festivals.  This will include editor duties with the Iron Mountain Review, a journal associated with the Festival.
  • Take an active role in the department’s operation—advise students, develop courses, attend on-campus recruitment events, etc.
  • Contribute to the college’s strategic objectives and service needs, in such areas as Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and interdisciplinarity and retention.


About our ideal candidate


  • Terminal degree in English at time of employment (MFA or PhD)
  • College teaching experience
  • Experience planning/organizing conferences, speaker series, or literary festivals (preferred)
  • Experience or Interest in developing courses in Appalachian Literature (preferred)


To apply, please submit/upload the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, to include a statement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate transcripts (finalists will be required to submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts)
  • 3 recommendation letters (at least one of which focuses on teaching). These letters must be sent directly to
  • Writing Sample and Teaching Portfolio will be requested at a later stage.


Review of applications will start on December 9 and will continue until the position is filled.


Please contact Scott Boltwood, Chair of the English Department and Head of this Search Committee, with questions or for more information ( 


About us

Located in the Highlands of Virginia, Emory & Henry College has devoted itself since 1836 to the belief that education can have a transformative effect on an individual, a place and ultimately the wider world. 

Inspired by the motto “Increase in Excellence,” the first faculty challenged students to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually and physically.

Today, our mission continues to focus on students as they follow a path of intellectual and spiritual growth on their way to successful futures. That mission, in turn, is extended to others through a broad program of active engagement and community service.

You will discover that Emory & Henry is a place of promise made up of warm-hearted, caring people who care about your fulfillment. This is a community that embraces people from all walks of life as they work together to improve the individual and the world. We are people with a mission and a long history devoted to transforming lives and increasing excellence.

Emory & Henry views diversity, equity, and inclusion as foundational to our institution, and strives to continually “increase in excellence” in this endeavor. In doing so, we recognize the forced removal and stolen labor at the heart of the very founding (and naming) of our College. We also acknowledge the negative impact of power imbalances, discrimination, and exclusion on generations of marginalized groups dating back to the inception of Emory & Henry College.  We also recognize that, while this statement is important, it is an insufficient approach to the liberation of impacted peoples.

It is the policy of Emory & Henry College to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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