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English Department Chair, Assistant or Associate Professor of English (020178)

Position Deleted on 5/26/2010. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Oklahoma City, OK
Faculty - Liberal Arts - English and Literature
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements:

The Department of English in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University invites applications for the position of department chair and assistant or associate professor of English. Position level and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. The successful candidate for this nine-month, tenure-track appointment must have a Ph.D. in English or comparative literature and demonstrate successful undergraduate teaching experience and evidence of academic scholarship. Previous administrative experience is preferred. Preference will also be given to applicants with expertise in 20th century British and/or American literature and critical theory or creative writing. The responsibilities of this position include teaching undergraduate literature and composition courses. As department chair the responsibilities will include: developing course schedules; assisting with recruiting; hiring, mentoring, and evaluating new and adjunct faculty; and contributing to department and university initiatives as assigned by the academic dean. Faculty members in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences have an annual 21 credit hour teaching load (18 credit hours in the first year of the appointment); department chairs receive a 6 credit hour release per year. Additional duties and requirements, including scholarship and service to the profession/discipline and to the university apply. Faculty members are expected to participate in the department's assessment program and in student recruiting and retention efforts for the college and the university. A complete list of courses, faculty, degrees, and other information about the Department of English is available on the Internet at:

Promotion and Tenure:

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 OCU Faculty Handbook. Effective teaching, scholarship, and service are required for promotion and tenure.


An earned Ph.D. in English or comparative literature is required. Previous administrative experience is strongly preferred. Successful undergraduate teaching experience and evidence of academic scholarship is required.

Physical Requirements:

The work requirements for this position include teaching during daytime and possibly occasional evening hours depending upon the needs of the department and its students. While the vast majority of time the faculty member will be indoors in classrooms and offices, frequent traveling across the campus between buildings will be required.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

The Department of English is in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which itself is a unit of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University. The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences consists of fourteen departments organized into four divisions. These departments together offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in over forty majors and provide a large portion of the courses that are required in the undergraduate general education curriculum. In addition, the departments offer the Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Master of Science degrees in selected areas, including ABS, criminology, early childhood and elementary education with Montessori certification, health and human performance, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The University:

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Midtown district. 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. Oklahoma City University has been named a 'Great College to Work For' by the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the only university listed in 'Best Places to Work in Oklahoma.'

Employee Benefits:

The position includes an excellent benefit package including: tuition remission for spouses and children pursuing a degree at Oklahoma City University and over 500 other participating private institutions, health insurance, long term disability, life insurance, family membership to fitness center, TIAA-CREF retirement plan.

Contact for Additional Questions:

Please direct questions about the position or the search to Dr. Abigail Keegan at

Deadline: Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
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The Associate Vice President for Administrative Services, located in Room 105 of the Clara E. Jones Administration Building, telephone 405-208-5831, coordinates the university's compliance with titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
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