Department of English – Chair

Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

Job description

Requisition Number: 06863

The Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for Department Chair, with a concurrent appointment as tenured Professor. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Chair will work collaboratively with faculty to extend and renew the department’s established strengths in scholarly and creative activities, undergraduate and graduate education, and community engagement. The Chair will promote recruitment efforts, foster collaborative opportunities across the university and the community, develop donor relations, encourage external funding efforts, promote a culture of diversity and inclusion, and advance the goals of the department both inside and outside the university. Consistent with the responsibilities of a faculty line, the Chair also engages in scholarly/creative activity, teaching (usually 1-2 courses per year), and service.


Candidates should possess a terminal degree in English or a closely related field; an established record of achievement commensurate with the rank of tenured Professor in the Department of English at WVU; substantial and relevant administrative experience; experience with program and curriculum development; experience managing budgets and personnel; a demonstrated commitment to collaboration, interdisciplinarity, diversity and social justice; and excellent communication skills.

The Department of English at WVU offers a B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies as well as undergraduate areas of emphasis in Creative Writing and Professional Writing and Editing. Enrolling approximately 60 full-time, graduate teaching assistants, the department offers both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies in addition to a Creative Writing M.F.A. and an M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing. The department is responsible for the staffing and management of all sections of the university’s General Education courses in literature and composition.

West Virginia University is a comprehensive land grant university that enrolls 29,000 students. It is classified as “highest research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. The Morgantown campus is situated along the Mon River Rail-Trail and within 10 miles of Cooper’s Rock State Forest, yet it is also within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C. to the east, Pittsburgh to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus to the west. The university provides a supportive environment to develop a visible and productive career. WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners in their career transition and job search.

How to apply

To apply for this position, submit (as a single PDF document) (a) letter of application outlining your administrative experience and interest in this leadership position, your approach to managing your leadership role relative to research and teaching, and your philosophy of graduate and undergraduate education; (b) curriculum vitae: and (c) contact information for at least three references who may speak to your skills in leadership and management. Applications will be processed until the position is filled but those received by January 16, 2018 will receive priority consideration. Preferred start date of July 1, 2018 is negotiable. For further information, contact Dr. Tracy Morris at

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, WVU will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.