Assistant/Associate Professor of English at Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Department of English, Foreign Languages,and Cultural Studies

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The position:

Assistant/Associate Professor of English with specialty in Composition and/or Rhetoric. The Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies offers courses in composition studies and rhetoric, an undergraduate concentration in Professional Writing, and a graduate concentration in Writing and Linguistics. Therefore, we seek a candidate who can provide high-quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, composition studies, and rhetoric, in both face-to-face and online settings. Candidates should also demonstrate a willingness to assist with the retention and recruitment of students and a promising research agenda. Ph.D. preferred in Composition, Rhetoric, English with emphasis in composition and/or rhetoric, or related field. ABD considered (Ph.D. must be completed by August 2016 to remain in tenure track).

Application procedure:

Please email a letter of application, CV, names and contact information for three professional references, and copies of graduate transcripts to Dr. Jim Mischler, Department Head, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies. Email address: Review of applications will begin on November 1st, 2015. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The start date for the position is August 15th, 2016.

About the Department:

The Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in Literature, Professional Writing, Folklife/Southern Culture, and Film Studies. M.A. degree concentrations include Literature, Folklife/Southern Culture, Generalist, Writing and Linguistics, and TESOL. The Department is home to the Louisiana Folklife Center, the NSU Writing Project, the Argus student literary magazine, the Brainy Acts Poetry Society, and the Film Studies Society. (See for details on our dept. programs and activities.)

About the University, the City, and the State:

Northwestern was established in 1884 in the old Bullard Mansion atop a hill overlooking the city of Natchitoches. The original Louisiana State Normal School, a two-year teachers’ program, was expanded in 1921 to a four-year education degree and renamed Louisiana Normal College. The school became Northwestern State College in 1944 and Northwestern State University in 1970. Today, over 130 years later, NSU has nationally-recognized academic programs in education, business, nursing, music, and theater. Satellite campuses have been established in Shreveport, Alexandria, and Fort Polk, and eNSU, the distance learning program, attracts students from all over the world. Natchitoches (pronounced “Nak-a-tish”), established in 1714, is known for its annual Christmas Festival, National Landmark Historic District, and distinctive cuisine. The city is within a day’s drive of New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Memphis, the Lower Mississippi River Valley, and the Gulf Coast. Louisiana is known as “The Sportsman’s Paradise.” The Kisatchie National Forest, the Cane River National Heritage Area, and many rivers, lakes, and bayous are available throughout the state for boating, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Non-discrimination statement:

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):  

  • Employees/Potential Employees - Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)
  • Students - Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286) 

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

For inquiries regarding employment applications, call Business Affairs (318-357-5446).