Professor and Chairperson of English
Job Description Summary: The English Department at Furman University invites applications for Professor and Chairperson of English. The successful candidate will commence her or his faculty and administrative appointments on August 1, 2018, with a minimum three-year term as chairperson. The teacher-scholars in Furman's English Department have specialties including literature, creative writing, linguistics, film and media studies, and English education. Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty, the Chair will provide administrative leadership and academic vision, and will engage a diverse faculty in shaping a productive, collegial environment that advances departmental goals and objectives. To get a sense of our innovative and flexible curriculum, graduates and faculty, and our lively local culture, please visit our website at www.furman.edu/academics/English. Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences. Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits. The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities. Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named "one of America's coolest small towns." The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.
Minimum Qualifications: Terminal degree in English or a closely related field. Established record of teaching, scholarly achievement, and institutional service commensurate with the rank of Professor or advanced Associate Professor. Experience supervising faculty at all ranks, with demonstrated ability to build consensus and inspire students and faculty.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience with program development, including transdisciplinary collaborations. Demonstrated experience and/or desire to engage in professional service activities within the community and a proven record of building positive student, colleague, and community relationships, particularly in the context of the Furman Advantage. Relevant experience with and commitment to liberal arts education.
Salary Grade: Level 13 Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Special Instructions: Full Time