Assistant Professor of English at Stetson


College of Arts and Sciences

Position: Assistant Professor of English                                                                                                                                                                                

Stetson University seeks candidates broadly trained in the Literatures of the United States for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of English. Some desirable areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) writing in African-American, Latinx, Native American, Jewish, American Asian and Pacific Islander, Caribbean, and LGBTQ traditions. The ideal candidate is a teacher-scholar dedicated to modeling scholarship in the disciplines of English for undergraduate students, who engages students from diverse backgrounds, and who extends the diversity of the literatures and critical approaches we offer.


PhD in English in hand or expected before August 2020, with an active scholarly agenda and demonstrated excellence teaching undergraduates in both general and specialized areas in the disciplines of English.


The teaching load is three courses per semester. Major responsibilities include teaching the Survey of U.S. Literatures course, courses in Modernist and pre-modernist literatures of the United States, and courses in narrative and / or dramatic literature. The position offers opportunities to teach interdisciplinary and / or multidisciplinary courses including First-Year and Junior Seminars; courses cross-listed with Africana, Latin American and other area studies programs; courses that might support interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies, Public Health, or Gender Studies; other courses that fulfill College of Arts and Sciences General Education requirements; or courses focusing on writing.

For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website:  

The Department:

Beyond literary inquiry, the English Department ( supports work in Writing and Language Studies and in Creative Writing (extending to Digital, Auditory, and Visual productions). Faculty may have opportunities to contribute in all these areas.

College of Arts and Sciences:

Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences ( is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts.  With nineteen academic departments and eight interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University.  A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars.  The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; six graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing.  Every undergraduate major requires a senior research project, giving students the opportunity to design and carry out independent research under faculty mentorship.  Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility.  All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community.  The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them.

The University: 

Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing.  Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

The Community:

DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.

Salary:  Salary is competitive.

Starting Date:  August 10, 2020


Applicants should supply a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, and three references. In the cover letter, candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

All information may be submitted electronically to Dr. Joel Davis, Search Committee Chair, at While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to

Dr. Joel Davis, Search Committee Chair

Department of English

Stetson University

421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8300

DeLand, FL 32723

Review of applications will begin October 28, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received before December 5, 2019 will receive priority.

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.