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Assistant Professor of English Early American Literature
Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota
Date Posted 02/15/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-English And Literature
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


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

Fundamental Values.

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.

Other considerations:

  • 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.
  • Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty
Organization (IFO) which can be found at https://www.ifo.org/.
  • In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState) Vehicle Fleet Safety
Program, faculty and staff driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle, shall

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
State University.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of doctoral coursework.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted to the Search Advisory Committee Chair, Gary Rees
(see campus and email addresses below).


Gary Rees, Search Committee Chair

Associate Professor of English

Bemidji State University

1500 Birchmont Drive NE Box 16

Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

gary.rees@bemidjistate.edu – 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


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