English Department Chair

The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English at Auburn University invite applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of English to begin August 16, 2020. The department mission includes research, instruction, service, and outreach in the fields of creative writing, literature, technical & professional communication, and rhetoric & composition studies, and candidates who match or complement one of these four areas are invited to apply. The Chair’s responsibilities include: participating as a member of the senior administrative team of the College of Liberal Arts; guiding the department regarding research, teaching, and faculty mentorship and development; directing undergraduate and graduate education in the department; and supervising department personnel. The Department Chair is a full-time, 12-month administrative position; appointment will be for an initial term of 3-5 years that may be renewed contingent upon satisfactory annual reviews and departmental by-laws.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must hold the rank of Full Professor with a terminal degree in a field within English Studies and have significant experience in academic administration in an English Department with multiple subfields. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated effectiveness in leadership and management. The candidate selected will have academic credentials sufficient to meet rank and tenure eligibility requirements. Candidates should have a record of outstanding teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, a strong record of published research or creative work in field, and a commitment to working with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff to maintain high standards of scholarship, faculty engagement, and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Auburn University is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions, and has recently been designated an R1 institution. In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report, it was ranked 46th among public universities. Highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence, with graduate and undergraduate degrees offered in more than 200 academic programs, Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. Auburn is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Montgomery. The Auburn-Opelika metropolitan area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems, a regional medical center, and is recognized as one of the “best small towns in America.” The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD. Its instructional and research staff includes tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty, as well as graduate students.


The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.


For further information about the Department of English, see http://www.cla.auburn.edu/english.


Review of applications will begin December 2, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding the position, please contact Associate Dean Charles Israel (cisrael@auburn.edu), Search Committee Chair. 


Instructions to Applicants

Please have the following documents ready to upload: cover letter, in which we would welcome a statement on how you will advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity through teaching, research, and service; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; contact information for three recommenders; and statement of leadership vision (administrative philosophy).


Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples.” http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/facultyjobs/


Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an Auburn University commitment.  Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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