Assistant Professor of English - Professional & Technical Writing

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies

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The position:

Assistant Professor of English with specialty in Professional and Technical Writing. The Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies offers courses in technical writing, an undergraduate concentration in Professional Writing, an online graduate concentration in Writing and Linguistics, and an online graduate certificate in Writing for Business, Industry, and Technology. Therefore, we seek a candidate who will provide high-quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses in professional and technical writing in both face-to-face and online settings. Candidates also should demonstrate a willingness to assist with the retention of students and a promising research agenda. Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in English preferred, ABD considered. Preferred qualifications: Ability to teach courses in first year composition courses and in digital culture.

Application procedure:

Please email a letter of application, CV, unofficial copies of graduate transcripts,* and the names and contact information for three professional references to the search chair, Ereck Jarvis, Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The start date for the position is August 13th, 2018.

*NOTE: Official copies of transcripts due at time of hire.

About the Department:

The Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies offers the undergraduate degree in English with concentrations in Literature, Professional Writing, Folklife/Southern Culture, and Film Studies. M.A. in English 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 Student Film Society.

About the University, the City, and the State:

The original Louisiana State Normal School, a two-year teachers’ program, was established in 1884. The school 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, oldest and largest electronic learning program in the state, attracts students from all over the world. The City of 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.

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 (318-357-4460.

Inquiries regarding employment applications should call Business Affairs (318-357-5446).