Assistant Professor of English/Comparative Literature - Generalist

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oct 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of English and Modern Languages in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track faculty position beginning Fall 2018. 

Primary teaching responsibilities include general education literature courses with opportunities to teach in appropriate secondary area(s); possible teaching responsibilities might also include composition courses or foreign language courses.  The required teaching load is 21 credit hours per year.



Ph.D. in English or Comparative Literature, with a generalist’s ability to teach a range of undergraduate courses. Preferred secondary area expertise in one of the following: transnational or transatlantic literature, world literatures, decolonizing/indigenous literatures, postcolonial studies, Shakespeare, 17th/18th Century British and Romanticism.

Further preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest, experience, and qualification in teaching foreign language curriculum. The ideal candidate will show an understanding of the value of an interconnected liberal arts education.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2018 and must demonstrate successful undergraduate teaching experience as well as a commitment to undergraduate education.


Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements


In addition to teaching, supervision, and advising of students, all tenure-track and tenured faculty members in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences must fulfill scholarship and service requirements as defined by the Procedures for Renewal, Promotion, and Tenure, an appendix to the Oklahoma City University Faculty Handbook. Effective teaching, scholarship, and service are required for promotion and tenure.

Faculty members are expected to participate in the department's work in student recruiting and retention, advising, curriculum, and assessment.  More information about the Department of English and Modern Languages is available at


The Department of English and Modern Languages


The English and Modern Languages department at Oklahoma City University offers an English undergraduate major with three tracks—literature, writing, and English education—as well as a Spanish major. Undergraduate minors are available in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese. The department further offers a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. In addition, the department supports the general education program with writing and literature courses and contributes to the Film and Honors Program. Faculty members also have the opportunity for occasional teaching abroad in the University’s program in Singapore, as well as the opportunity to participate in faculty-led study abroad in a variety of international partner institutions.


The Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University


The Petree College of Arts and Sciences embraces the value of a liberal arts education and prepares students in all disciplines to think critically, creatively, and ethically. Our students are challenged to become servant leaders through an education that engages them to become socially and ecologically responsible citizens in our world. Through rigorous coursework taught by excellent faculty, the Petree College is committed to an education that is relevant, socially engaged, and life transforming. The faculty and staff of Petree College are not only concerned about preparing students for careers. More importantly, we want to prepare you for life. We hope that you will join us to participate in an education that will make a difference for you and for the world.


About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine.


Employee Benefits

The faculty of OCU are afforded a generous and comprehensive benefits package designed to fit the needs of you and your family.  Benefits offered include: health (medical, dental and vision) insurance, flexible spending accounts, university paid life insurance, university paid long-term disability insurance, retirement plans, and tuition remission for employees and qualifying dependents who wish to take classes or pursue a degree at OCU.


Procedure for Submitting Applications

Submit a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, C.V., list of three professional references, and unofficial transcripts.

Writing samples and additional teaching materials may be requested of candidates during the screening and interview process.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


Contact for Additional Questions

Search Chair: Dr. Karen Schiler, Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages,  

Diversity Advocate: Dr. Tracy Floreani, Professor of English, Director of the Center for Interpersonal Studies,