Assistant Professor of English

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Missouri Southern State University invites applications for a tenure-track full-time on campus Assistant Professor of English beginning fall of 2023. Specialization is open, but experts in global literature, trans-Atlantic literature, or American literature before 1865 are encouraged to apply. As a generalist, the successful candidate will teach twelve credit hours per semester in general education literature and composition classes. In addition, they will periodically develop special topics classes in literature for English majors.

The position requires a demonstrated commitment to teaching and advising at the undergraduate level. Candidates will have or expect to receive their Ph.D. in English before August 1, 2023.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information of three professional references via Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon a background check.

MSSU’s vibrant campus creates an engaging learning environment for approximately 4,000 students and provides its faculty and staff rewarding career- and benefit opportunities. We offer a collaborative and diverse workplace with an emphasis on fostering a global perspective with options for advancement. Joining the MSSU Pride provides a variety of paths for you to attain your career goals, a place where your contributions are valued, and – perhaps most importantly – the ability to make a difference in the lives of our students. MSSU is an EOE employer with a strong institutional commitment to achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff. MSSU is an E-verify participating employer. Visit our website to learn more about the advantages of employment at MSSU.


Missouri Southern State University is a state-supported, comprehensive university offering programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees. Missouri Southern is located in Joplin, Missouri. In the Ozarks of Southwest of Missouri on Interstate 44 and Historic Route 66, Joplin is the 4th largest metropolitan area with 470,000 people living in the surrounding 4-state area. With a population of approximately 52,000 full-time residents and a daytime population reaching 250,000, Joplin is the "go to" place in the Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas 4-state area for quality educational opportunities, shopping, outstanding medical services, recreational venues, convention accommodations and employment opportunities. Joplin has been named the number one Missouri town of populations under 53,000 by Missouri Life. Selection criteria included published data on education, crime, unemployment, as well as numerous amenities.

Additional information on Missouri Southern and our mission can be found on the University's home page or by clicking here. You belong in Joplin! Enjoy a low cost of living, supportive community, outdoor lifestyle, proximity to destination markets, and more. Whatever it is, it's possible in Joplin, Missouri! Check out all Joplin has to offer by clicking here.  Additional information on Joplin and the surrounding area are available through the Joplin Chamber of Commerce website or the City of Joplin web site. 

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