Instructor of English

Position Description

The Department of English at the University of Mississippi seeks to hire two or more Instructors of English beginning Fall 2024. These are 9-month, full-time temporary positions with full benefits and the possibility of renewal.
The Department invites applications from candidates with teaching and research expertise in any area of literary studies. The position is expected to teach a 3:3 load, including general education lectures and upper-division courses, and to engage in departmental service suitable to an instructor, such as committee participation and advising support. Qualified candidates may also teach courses in creative writing and/or courses supporting interdisciplinary centers and programs, such as African American studies, gender studies, Southern studies, environmental studies, cinema studies, and society and health. Support for conference travel and research is included with the positions. 


The University of Mississippi is a flagship, R1 state university and the Department of English has thriving and top-ranked undergraduate and graduate literature and creative writing programs.  


Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track


Minimum Qualifications

Completed Ph.D. in hand by time of employment. Also required are a record or clear promise of strong teaching and a commitment to teaching a diverse student body.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.


Application Procedures

Applications must include a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for three or more references. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are an important part of our mission at the University of Mississippi, we ask that applicants include a paragraph in the cover letter reflecting on how those principles figure into their teaching, research, service, and/or community engagement.


More information about department and university commitments to these principles are available here.


Some candidates may be asked at a later date to submit additional materials such as reference letters, research statement, and/or teaching materials.


Review of applications will begin January 31, and the search will remain open until the positions fill or an adequate candidate pool is reached. 


About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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