Indiana Universityâ€“Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) invites applications and nominations for a senior scholar and educator for the position of Chair of the Department of English and Linguistics. The department has 24 tenure-track faculty with specialties in creative writing, film, folklore, linguistics, literature, and rhetoric and composition. Approximately 200 undergraduates and 20 graduate students are earning bachelorâ€™s or masterâ€™s degrees from the department. IPFW is a campus of approximately 12,000 students located in the second-largest city in the state (approximately 200,000 residents)â€”an area that offers many cultural, recreational, and sporting opportunities.
The Chair will foster an atmosphere of collegiality and scholarly activity and represent the department effectively at all levels of the university. The Chair will provide the leadership necessary to achieve the department's teaching, research, and service missions within a newly approved framework for the baccalaureate degree. Administrative duties include budget and personnel management, curriculum and program development, recruitment of faculty and students, external development efforts, and outreach activities. This is a 12-month position, and the Chair is expected to teach two classes annually and to pursue an on-going research agenda.
Previous administrative experience and a notable record of teaching, professional service, and scholarship commensurate with the rank of full professor are required. The appointment will be made at the level of full professor. The candidate's area of specialization is open to creative writing, film, folklore, linguistics, literature, or rhetoric and composition.
Applications should include a letter of application, a current CV, samples of published scholarship, and at least three letters of reference which should be sent to
Chair Search Committee
Indiana University â€“ Purdue University Fort Wayne
Department of English and Linguistics
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Review of applications will begin in November 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Appointment begins July 1, 2007, or later. We are committed to increasing diversity in our faculty and welcome applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. IPFW is an EO/EA/AA university.