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Assistant Professor

East Carolina University

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Job Title:

Assistant Professor

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All Candidates

Department :

AAH English

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Division :

Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Assistant Professor

Working Title :

Assistant Professor

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Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications

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Faculty (Teaching)

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Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview:

The Department of English ( is a vibrant and energetic community of teachers, scholars, researchers, and writers. The diversity of this department is one of its strengths, and our majors benefit from a breadth of faculty expertise across many areas of study. Our faculty and students pursue interests and scholarship in literature, creative writing, technical and professional communication, rhetoric and composition, multicultural and transnational literature, folklore, film studies, linguistics, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Our department offers four degrees: a B.A. in English; a B.S. in Professional Writing and Information Design; an M.A. in English; and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication. The department also offers four undergraduate minors, including an interdisciplinary Linguistic Minor, and various certificates, including undergraduate and graduate certificates in TESOL. The department also supports general education for all majors across the university through Writing Foundations courses and courses that contribute to writing intensive, diversity, humanities, and social science general education requirements. The Department of English works closely with other departments whose degree programs include our courses.

East Carolina University (, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls around 28,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 95,000 with a metropolitan population of over 170,000), which lies 90 miles east of Raleigh and 80 miles from the Atlantic coast. A thriving small city and regional center for education, health, and the arts, Greenville is a great place to live, work, play, and visit. It has a cost of living more than 10 percent below the national average and boasts a vibrant Uptown district with restaurants, breweries, and shopping. Greenville hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year and offers numerous recreational opportunities, including access to the Tar River, over nine miles of greenways, nearly 30 parks and recreational facilities, and a growing arts scene.

The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences ( is home to 16 academic departments, a number of research centers, and over twenty interdisciplinary programs ( including Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, International Studies, and a certificate in Global Understanding.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of English embraces and celebrates diversity and strives to create a supportive and nurturing environment for students, faculty, and staff of all perspectives, abilities, ethnicities, and gender identities. We strongly encourage applications from people identifying as members of under-represented groups.

Job Duties :

The Department of English seeks applications for the position of Assistant Professor in linguistics to begin in August 2023. This is a 9-month-per-year tenure-track faculty position. Linguistics faculty in the English Department teach courses in the English MA, English BA, Professional Writing and Information Design BS, and Linguistics minor, as well as in the graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in TESOL. Linguistics courses also support students in other majors and minors in the Department of Foreign Language and Literatures and the College of Education, among others. Some undergraduate courses in linguistics also attract and are open to other majors. Tenure-track faculty are further expected to conduct research in their disciplines and to participate in service for the benefit of the department, the institution, and the larger disciplinary community.

Contingent upon available funds.

Minimum Education/Experience :

A Ph.D. in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field is required. However, ABD candidates may be considered. Initial appointment will be at the probationary-term rank of Assistant Professor. ABD candidates must have the terminal degree conferred prior to first reappointment. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Evidence of a strong research agenda is expected.

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Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

Strong candidates will specialize in sociolinguistics and descriptive linguistics, including the foundations of syntax, semantics, morphology, and phonology. They will also demonstrate a commitment to social and linguistic justice and equity, accessibility, and inclusion, as well as interest in and potential to secure future external funding. Additional expertise in second language acquisition and teaching is beneficial but not required.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

Applications must be submitted online at, and should include a cover letter addressing the candidate’s research agenda and teaching interests and experience, a curriculum vitae, and unofficial graduate school transcripts. Official transcripts are required upon employment. Letters of recommendation, an article-length writing sample, and a teaching portfolio will be requested from select candidates at a later date. If letters of recommendation will be requested, candidates should be aware that recommenders will be contacted through the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system and asked to upload their letters through that interface. Letters of reference submitted via PeopleAdmin will be verified and considered toward meeting this requirement.

Please contact Dr. Donna Kain at [email protected] with questions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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Open Until Filled:


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Rank Level:

Assistant Professor

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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