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Visiting Assistant Professor of English

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Non-Tenure


Workstudy Position:

No


Job Type:

Academic Term (Fixed Term)


Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)


Sponsorship Available:

No


Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department:

Department of English


Department's Website:

https://english.uark.edu/


Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of English in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a two-year full-time non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor in medieval literature and language to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

The successful applicant will teach two courses per semester on topics in medieval literature, both at the graduate and undergraduate level, with an emphasis on northwestern Europe before 1300. We particularly welcome candidates who are able to teach a two-semester introductory sequence to one or more of the following medieval languages: Old English, Middle Welsh, Old or Middle Irish, or Old Norse.

The University of Arkansas has a vibrant community of premodernists and an active program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies that sponsors reading groups, conferences, and a colloquium series. The University of Arkansas, ranked as a “Research 1” doctoral university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, is the flagship university in the state system. In addition to teaching duties, the successful applicant will be expected to pursue an active program of research and contribute to the institution’s research mission.

Teaching duties will include designing graduate and undergraduate courses, providing curriculum material, constructing syllabi, leading classroom instruction, writing and administering exams, coaching students in the writing of essays, and mentoring and evaluating students.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Duties will include:
• 40% Teaching
• 60% Research


Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate

  • Ph.D. in English or related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the date of initial appointment

  • At least one year of relevant teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate commitment to excellent teaching practices

  • Commitment to a research program


Additional Information:


Salary Information:

$52,000


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status


Recruitment Contact Information:

Prof. Joshua Byron Smith, Search committee chair, jbs016@uark.edu


All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Completed applications received by January 5, 2024, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Prof. Joshua Byron Smith, at jbs016@uark.edu.

Applicants must submit:
• a curriculum vitae,
• a cover letter/letter of application,
• a teaching philosophy statement,
• a research statement,
• a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Annual Salary/Benefits Package: $52,000


Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.


Constant Physical Activity:

N/A


Frequent Physical Activity:

N/A


Occasional Physical Activity:

N/A


Benefits Eligible:

Yes