Iowa State University Professor and Chair of the Department of English in Ames, Iowa

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700192

Working Title Professor and Chair of the Department of English

Advertised Employing Department English

Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible

Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Pay Frequency Monthly

Proposed Start Date 08/16/2018

Proposed End Date or Length of Term

Number of Months Employed Per Year 9

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University invites applications and nominations for the administrative appointment of department chair at the rank of professor with tenure.

The ideal candidate will possess the vision and interpersonal skills necessary to lead a large department representing a diverse range of degree programs, interest groups, and stakeholders; work to integrate the department further and foster interdisciplinary relationships; encourage excellence and innovation in research, teaching, and service; represent the interests of students, alumni, staff, non-tenure-eligible faculty, and other faculty ranks; promote diversity and inclusion among all members of the department and its constituents; facilitate faculty efforts to attract extramural grant and contract funding; manage departmental budgets and personnel; and build relationships with potential donors and stakeholders. The ideal candidate will also advance the department’s national and international reputation.

The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to maintain their own program of scholarship in a manner that is consistent with a primary administrative appointment.

Required Education and Experience

  • Rank of professor with tenure in the department of English at Iowa State University.

  • National recognition for scholarly contributions.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Demonstrated record of administrative skills necessary to work effectively with faculty from multiple programs representing a range of interests and areas of expertise.

  • A vision for growth and development of the department, including the department’s fit and role in interacting with other units at the university.

  • Evidence of commitment to fostering and promoting a climate and community of diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in all areas of responsibility – research, teaching, and service, in prior academic appointments.

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Department/Program & College Description

The Department of English offers BA degree programs in English, Literature, Rhetorical Studies, and Speech Communication; a BS degree in Technical Communication; as well as—in partnership with the Department of World Languages and Cultures—a minor in World Film Studies. On the graduate level, the department offers MA degrees in Literature; Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication; TESL/Applied Linguistics; as well as an MFA program in Creative Writing and the Environment.

The department also offers two PhD programs in Applied Linguistics and Technology and Rhetoric and Professional Communication. The Department of English is committed to diversity among faculty, staff and students who can enrich University objectives in the areas of research, teaching, and service. For more information, see

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Simon Cordery

Department Contact Phone 294-7266

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

Final administrative appointment could be B-base (9 mo) with summer salary negotiated or A-base (12 mo). Administrative appointment term will be five years ending 06/30/2023.

This position is for current ISU faculty members at the rank of tenured professor in the Department of English.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter – maximum two pages addressing your qualifications and vision for the department 3) Names and Contact Information for Three Professional References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 10/26/2017

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Professor - 1000

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Job Category Faculty