BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
invites applications for the position of:
Assistant Professor of English:
Early American Literature
OPENING DATE: February 15, 2021
CLOSING DATE: March 16, 2021
APPOINTMENT DATE: August 17, 2021
SALARY: Depends on Qualifications
JOB TYPE: Full-Time Probationary / Tenure Track
BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY (BSU) invites qualified applicants to join our team as an Assistant
Professor of English: Early American Literature. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To
accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all
people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous
communities to become a destination university.
BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the
shore of Lake Bemidji. BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor
culture. The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of
recreation. Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel
during the cold, winter months.
Enrolling around 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees
encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system
of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values
include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of
the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.
The English Department at BSU offers a diverse selection of academic programs, from our award-winning
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative & Professional Writing to traditional and in-depth studies in literature
including our graduate program that offers both M.A. and M.S. options. The Department has developed
innovative curriculum options including a Digital Writing minor. Under the guidance of practicing high school
teachers, our teacher licensure curriculum includes courses in teaching literature and professional writing. The
Department is fully committed to equity and to diversity in our faculty and students.
Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor of English include:
- Teaching courses that include, but are not limited to, undergraduate and graduate courses in colonial and
19th century American literature, first- and second-year college writing and other courses in their
secondary fields of interest.
Job ID #2021-011-BSU
- Designing and delivering courses for on-campus and online delivery, as needed.
- Contributing to a program of scholarship within the discipline, student advising, service to the
University and community, and other associated faculty duties.
- Contributing to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the Department,
including curriculum development, assessment, and other departmental governance activities.
- Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared
Minimum qualifications for this position include:
- An earned PhD in early American literature or closely related field from an accredited institution prior to
- A record of a significant and active research agenda, including publications and conference
- Three (3) years of experience teaching writing and literature courses at the college level.
- Ability to teach courses such as BSU’s ENGL 1151 Composition, ENGL 2152 Argument and
Exposition, ENGL 2330 American Literature to 1865, ENGL 3000 and 4000 American Literature
Topics Courses, and ENGL 6317 Seminar in American Literature.
- A demonstrated commitment to quality teaching. This includes experience teaching first-year writing
courses and American literature survey courses.
Preferred qualifications include:
- Secondary interest and/or experience in writing and teaching creative nonfiction, along with a record of
significant publications, and ability to teach creative nonfiction writing courses such as BSU’s ENGL
3145 Writing Creative Nonfiction I and ENGL 4146 Writing Creative Nonfiction II.
- Secondary interest and/or experience in Gender Studies and/or Queer Theory and ability to teach courses
such as BSU’s ENGL 3606 Culture Topics: Gender and Queer Theory.
- Skills/ability to design and deliver online courses with Desire To Learn (D2L) or similar software.
- Demonstrated experience working with and/or interest working with students and colleagues from multi-
cultural and diverse backgrounds, working with first-generation college students and using culturally
responsive pedagogy and practice.
To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate
fulfillment of these minimum and preferred qualifications.
- All applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States at the time of an offer of
- Official transcript(s) must be provided to Human Resources upon hire.
Organization (IFO) which can be found at https://www.ifo.org/.
- Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty
Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall
- In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState) Vehicle Fleet Safety
be required to complete a vehicle Use Agreement form and conform to MinnState's vehicle use criteria
and consent to a motor vehicle records check.
- BSU and NTC are tobacco free workplaces .
Job ID #2021-011-BSU
A complete application will include the following attachments:
- Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at Bemidji
- Unofficial transcript(s) of doctoral coursework.
(see campus and email addresses below).
- Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted to the Search Advisory Committee Chair, Gary Rees
Gary Rees, Search Committee Chair
Associate Professor of English
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE Box 16
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
firstname.lastname@example.org – for emails, please use the subject heading “American Literature Position.”
If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at