Open-rank English Professor, Menlo College

I’m delighted to announce that Menlo’s running an open-rank search for an English professor this year. There’s quite a bit of flexibility in areas of specialty, hence the generalist tag. 

Please consider applying! I’m on the search committee and happy to answer questions. 


Position Overview

Menlo College seeks a qualified instructor to offer courses in English to non-major, undergraduate students. Key responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in English composition and literature courses. We are particularly interested in a candidate with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching. A successful candidate should also have an active research program and a record of published scholarship appropriate to the desired rank. The College seeks candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or other related areas.

The primary mission of Menlo College is to offer a small, diverse four-year undergraduate college experience with a variety of majors in business and psychology. Menlo also sponsors two graduate programs: an MA in Sport and Performance Psychology, and an MS in Information Systems. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers while integrating their studies within a liberal arts foundation. The College is located in Silicon Valley, which allows students a variety of internship experiences and real-world learning. Menlo is a small but growing school (~850 enrollment) that offers small classes that allow close faculty-student interaction. Menlo College is also a federally-recognized Minority Serving Institution (MSI) – both as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and as an Asian American and Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). One-third of Menlo College students are first generation, and more than fifty percent identify as students of color.


The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in English or in a related field from a reputable university in hand prior to the start of the Fall 2024 semester (August 2024). A doctorate is required for appointment as professor of any rank; MA will be considered for appointment as a lecturer. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of effective undergraduate teaching as the instructor of record. Candidates must be able and qualified to teach classes at the undergraduate level in English composition and literature. They must also possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to work in a collaborative and collegial environment.

Application Process

Submitted applications should include a letter of interest that discusses teaching philosophy and research interests, a current CV, five-page writing sample (excerpt of published work), one-page summary of teaching evaluations, and names and contact information for 3 references. Letters of recommendation may be requested at later date. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Please submit materials by Oct 15, 2023 to the Director of Human Resources at

Lisa Mendelman, PhD (she/her)

Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities
Menlo College
1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027-4301

Menlo College is located within lands traditionally stewarded by the Puichon tribe, one of more than 50 original Indigenous groups of the San Francisco Bay Area. Today’s Indigenous descendants in the Bay Area are commonly known as Ohlone or Muwekma Ohlone. In partnership with its Indigenous students and alumni, Menlo College continuously seeks ways to honor Indigenous heritage and nurture its Indigenous community members.