Assistant Professor of English (Writing and Digital Studies)

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Assistant Professor of English (Writing and Digital Studies)



The Department of English at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Writing and Digital Studies at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2025. The ideal candidate should have expertise in texts and technologies, digital rhetoric, and journalistic writing.

The successful applicant will teach five undergraduate courses per year at all levels with a regular commitment of three courses in the English Department and two sections of Writing and Rhetoric (first-year writing). In addition to teaching in English and Writing, we expect that the new hire will also have opportunities to teach in other programs on campus such as Media Studies, First-Year Seminar, and one of our interdisciplinary learning communities for first-year students.

We invite applicants who will hold a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or Writing Studies by start of fall semester and are especially interested in candidates who can contribute courses in theories of social media and culture as well as writing for digital platforms.

About the Department
The English Department at St. Olaf College is an incredibly dynamic and integral part of the St. Olaf community that boasts three major tracks: English, Creative Writing, and English with teaching licensure. Beyond frequently teaching Writing and Rhetoric (first-year writing), several department members serve other programs such as Film Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, and St. Olaf's unique learning communities including Enduring Questions and Environmental Conversations.

For more information about the department, visit

At St. Olaf, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

How to Apply

A complete application includes the following:

References: Provide contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship.

Supporting Documents and URLS:



  1. Cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in this particular position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Diversity statement (500 word limit): Describe how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at our college through your teaching, research, and/or service. Include examples of your contributions when possible.
  4. Graduate transcripts (unofficial)
  5. Teaching Statement (of no more than 1000 words) that offers insight into your pedagogical methods, values, and ambitions. Note how you might envision your scholarship informing your pedagogical practice.
  6. Professional Statement: A packet of individual course evaluations, sample syllabi, and other documents that provide insight into your teaching, ideally in more than one course that is relevant to the position.
  7. Writing or scholarship sample that represents your scholarship in the area(s) of writing/rhetoric and digital studies. Please provide a brief statement of context.

Review of applications will begin on September 23, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will receive fullest consideration. Finalist interviews are expected in late November. Questions about the position, department, or College may be directed to Sequoia Nagamatsu, Search Committee Chair, at

About Us

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees' health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees' children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college's benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff:

A link to our DEI page:

A virtual campus tour:

An overview of Northfield:

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The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.
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Nondiscrimination Policy St. Olaf College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance. St. Olaf College prohibits discrimination and harassment based upon these and any other legally protected status in any education program or activity that it operates, including in admissions and employment.
Inquiries about this nondiscrimination policy may be referred to St. Olaf College's Director of Equal Opportunity, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or both. St. Olaf's Director of Equal Opportunity (who serves as the College's Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 Coordinator) is Pamela McDowell, Tomson Hall,, (507) 786-3465.

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