Native American Literature Faculty Job Posting

Assistant/Associate Professor – Native American Literature & Creative Writing

Institution: South Dakota State University
Location: Brookings, SD
Category: Faculty – Liberal Arts – Other Liberal Arts
Faculty – Liberal Arts – English and Literature

Posted: 01/27/2015
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time

Tenure-track (9-month) Assistant or Associate Professor of English to teach courses in Native American Literature and Creative Writing.

Ph.D. in English (or closely related field) with an emphasis in Native American Literature in hand by August 15, 2015 as well as effective written and oral communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and the ability and willingness to collaborate within and across disciplinary lines. 1) Ph.D.-level coursework in Native American Literature; 2) Ph.D. or MA-level coursework in Creative Writing; and 3) a dissertation project focusing on issues pertaining to Native American Studies.

Ability to teach courses in Native American Literature; ability to contribute to the American Indian Studies program at SDSU, preferably through a specific vision for integrating and sharing languages, modes of literature and storytelling, and cultures of the northern plains native peoples; ability to teach courses in American Literature, preferably Early American Literature; ability to teach Creative Writing courses; potential in scholarship and publication; willingness to develop and teach distance education courses; and interest in developing community outreach and/or Service Learning programs. Tenure-track assignment includes: 3-3 teaching load with expectations in scholarship; advising; and departmental, college, and university service. Teaching load can vary depending on level of scholarship and service.

Experience or training in reading/speaking/translating Lakota/Dakota/Nakota languages desired.

Commensurate with qualifications.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,800 students.

The English Department offers both the B.A. and the M.A. in English. Students can also minor in English or in Professional Writing. The department has approximately 110 English majors and 25 graduate students. The department is small enough for faculty and students to know one another, and our classes are of a size that allows much individual attention. At the same time, the department is large enough to allow us to have specialists in all important areas of English and American Literature.

The department sponsors the English Club, a student activity group for students in English, and Oakwood, an annual literary magazine written and edited by students. The English Department also sponsors many activities on campus, such as the Great Plains Writers’ Conference and the Consider the Century Conference.

Please visit the department’s web-site at:
SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 18,800 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 150,000.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 9, 2015.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; Curriculum Vitae; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. SDSU will not be interviewing at the MLA in Vancouver.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Paul Baggett at (605) 688-5191
Application Information
Contact: Dr. Paul Baggett
South Dakota State University
Phone: 605-688-5191
TDD: 605-688-4394
Online App. Form:

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