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Assistant Professor
Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina
Date Posted 04/22/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-English And Literature
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The English Department at Western Carolina University is seeking candidates for a 9-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Anticipated begin work date is January 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

At a minimum, applicants must have a PhD with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) from an accredited institution by the beginning of the contract date. Candidates should have an established record of excellence in teaching and be prepared to offer courses in the department’s undergraduate TESOL minor, online graduate certificate, and online MAT programs. They should also have a strong interest in developing courses that are part of the English department’s forthcoming undergraduate BA curriculum revision, and the ability to teach existing courses in grammar and linguistics.

Competitive candidates will demonstrate a broad range of experiences and teaching skills, including but not limited to TESOL methods, P-12 education, multiple modalities, translanguaging, and educational linguistics. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to responding to needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students and to issues of social justice, equity and diversity in education. Teaching load is 3/3.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Minimum Qualifications

PhD with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) from an accredited institution by the beginning of the contract date.

ABD considered, if completion is imminent. Degree must be in hand on/before anticipated begin work date of January 2022.

Preferred Qualifications
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for consideration.

Applicants must include the following attachments:

A letter of application, a curriculum vitae, an unofficial copy of your graduate transcripts, and a list of three professional references (with contact information, including phone numbers and email).

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Erin Callahan at eecallahan@email.wcu.edu


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at jobs@email.wcu.edu.

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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