Visiting Assistant Professor English

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The Department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Dakota invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) beginning in Aug 2024. This position is a nine month, full-time, benefits-eligible, term position that may be renewed based on performance and /or needs of the department.

The Department of English seeks candidates for a 1-year appointment as a VAP in English/Creative Writing. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for teaching and inspiring students and hold a PhD or other terminal degree in English or a related field with an emphasis in creative writing and expertise in poetry. The successful candidate for this position will teach undergraduate and graduate level creative writing courses in poetry, and introductory courses in creative writing and/or literature. The workload allocation in this position includes teaching and service, primarily teaching (12 credit hours per semester). Courses may be face-to-face or online modalities.

Interested candidates must submit application materials online at Apply now to join a community of scholar teachers guiding students and helping them reach their full potential.

Minimum qualifications include: a) possession of an appropriate terminal degree by the start date is required and b) demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Applications must be submitted electronically at The application should include:

1) Cover letter explaining interest in the position
2) A statement of teaching philosophy;
3) Curriculum Vitae; and
4) Contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin on 26 May 2024, and continue as they are received. The position will remain open until the position is filled. Letters of reference, transcripts, and writing samples may be requested later.

Department Description and Cultural Expectations: In addition to B.A./B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degree programs in English, the Department of English houses the quarterly South Dakota Review, the independent Astrophil Press, an active student literary organization Vermillion Literary Project, and regular outreach to the regional community. The University of South Dakota is the state’s flagship institution, the oldest university, and the only public liberal arts university in South Dakota. USD offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to more than 10,000 students, and is located in Vermillion, SD. This small and dynamic community nestled along the bluffs above the Missouri River in the southeast corner of South Dakota offers many recreational and cultural opportunities in a low cost of living area. For more information about the university, visit, and

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: USD is committed to fostering a dynamic and welcoming working and learning environment for all. USD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to ideological, political, or sectarian opinions or perspectives; or race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability, national origin or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. USD is committed to the principles of free expression and encourages the timely and rational discussion of topics in an environment that is intellectually and ideologically diverse.

Questions about the position may be directed to Darlene Farabee (Chair, Department of English) at

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