Visiting Assistant Professor | Department of English

The Misericordia University Department of English invites applicants for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor to begin in August 2023. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to the University Writing Program and instruction in the University Writing Seminar. Secondary expertise in the areas of rhetoric of health and medicine, literature and medicine, and/or narrative medicine are a plus.

This is a 1-year position, renewable depending on performance and need. Visiting Assistant Professors teach four courses per semester and are eligible for research support, including course release, pending reappointment.


A Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the position is preferred. ABD and MFA candidates will be considered. Candidates must have evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduate students in the area of first-year composition or its equivalent.

Application Instructions

Please submit a letter of application and current curriculum vitae to Leane Pace and Dr. Patrick Danner Initial materials are due by Sunday, June 4, 2023. Misericordia is a Mercy institution, and candidates’ letters of application should reflect how their professional and academic work reflects Mercy values.

Subsequent materials—a statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts, research sample, and letters of recommendation—will be requested after initial review for applicants continuing in the search.

About Misericordia University, Misericordia English, and Medical and Health Humanities

Misericordia University is a private, liberal arts University established in 1924 by the Sisters of Mercy. The University is set to embark on its second century with a reinvigorated master plan that includes, among other initiatives, the establishment of a new University Writing Program and a remodeled Core Curriculum. The successful candidate will contribute heavily to both of these endeavors.

As a Mercy institution, members of the Misericordia University are called upon to live the Mercy mission, grounded in the charisms of Mercy, Service, Justice, and Hospitality. Read more about the University’s mission and history here:

Misericordia’s Department of English offers a range of major and minor programs, including programs in Literature, English – Secondary Education, Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Theatre, and Creative Writing. Faculty in the department seek to build community among their students, particularly through extracurricular programming such as invited and student-led readings, the development of our creative arts journal, Instress, our fall and spring theatre productions, and other social events. Applicants can read more about Misericordia’s Department of English here:

Medical and Health Humanities at Misericordia is an interdisciplinary degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences, with faculty contributing from areas of Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, English, Health Sciences, and Fine Arts, among others. Applicants can read more about the program here:

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