Assistant Professor of English Education (Tenure Track)

The English Department at Old Dominion University invites applicants for an Assistant Professor of English Education beginning in Fall 2024. This is a 10-month appointment with expectations for collaboration with Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education & Professional Studies.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Engaging in research and scholarship that explores the teaching of English.
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate English courses, English methods courses, and research methods courses, using face-to-face and online delivery methods.
  • Serving on master’s and doctoral student committees.
  • Collaborating on the design and coordination of an undergraduate and graduate English teacher education program.
  • Developing and sustaining literacy initiatives through school and community partnerships.
  • Participating in departmental, college and university service, as well as contributing to disciplinary professional communities.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who specialize in the teaching of literature, the teaching of readers, young adult literature and/or critical media literacy. Moreover, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates with a commitment to justice-oriented approaches to English education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. An earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. in English Education or closely related field by July 24, 2024.
  2. A research/publishing agenda focused on the teaching of English.
  3. Demonstrated preparedness to teach undergraduate or graduate English courses, English Methods courses, or Research Methods courses.   

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Secondary teaching experience in English language arts
  • Postsecondary teaching experience in English language arts methods and/or English

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following to the University’s online job application system at

  1. A cover letter that highlights a research agenda and preparation to teach English, English methods and research methods courses.
  2. A 1-2 page statement that provides concrete examples that demonstrate how the applicant works toward equity, access, and justice in their teaching and research. The committee hopes to learn from this statement how the applicant would support and would work with diverse learners and communities, as both an educator and researcher.
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. Unofficial graduate transcripts.
  5. Contact information for 3 references. If your application progresses in the search, the application site will request confidential recommendation letters from these individuals. 

Candidates who advance beyond the initial screening may be asked for additional application materials, such as a writing sample or sample syllabus.

Full consideration will be given to completed applications received by December 15, 2023. The position will remain open until it is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Michelle Fowler-Amato (

About the Department

The Department of English has an accomplished, diverse faculty and student body committed to equality, social justice, and transformative policies and practices. It offers a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English as well as an MFA program. The department also delivers courses in ODU’s General Education program, the Perry Honors College, Interdisciplinary Studies program, and ODU Global. All programs offer onsite and online delivery modalities. 

Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring, professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the university. Additionally, ODU has a rich network of identity-based groups, all of which provide opportunities for formal or informal networking, support, and mentorship. 

About ODU

Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, is Virginia's forward-focused public doctoral research university with more than 23,000 students, a top R1 research ranking, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University 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. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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