Marian University-Indianapolis — Assistant / Associate Professor of American Literature / Department Chair

The Department of English at Marian University-Indianapolis, a Catholic, and comprehensive, regional institution of higher education invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of American Literature to serve as a Department Chairperson.   In addition to this leadership position, areas of expertise in one or more of the following multicultural fields is especially desired:  African diaspora, postcolonial, transatlantic/transpacific literatures. Demonstrated ability and motivation to teach undergraduates, majors, and non-majors are essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage program planning, faculty evaluation, and the department budget.
  • Champion the department and actively contribute to strategic enrollment planning.
  • Oversee to curriculum development and assessment within the department.
  • Exhibit leadership interest and potential, promote academic excellence, actively participate in the life of the campus and help advance the institution.
  • Teach 9 credit hours per semester including the required general education composition course, various literature courses, and other required courses in the major as necessary.
  • Advance student learning through engaged teaching, mentoring, advising, community building.
  • Be involved in service to the university and engaged in research and scholarship.
  • Participate in leadership programming, faculty meetings, colloquia, and other duties as assigned.
  • Be a team player, embrace a student-centered culture, and be a part of a dedicated team of faculty and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of Marian University
  • Ph.D. in American Literature, expertise in multicultural fields and three years of teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence in higher education.
  • Evidence of self-motivation and enthusiasm for collaborative, co-curricular work.
  • Evidence of research agenda relevant to classroom teaching.

Located within 10 minutes of downtown Indianapolis, Marian University is one of the nation’s preeminent Catholic institutions of higher learning, and ranks as one of US News & World Report’s top universities in the Midwest Region. Marian University was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, and the Franciscan Values that the Sisters ingrained into the university’s culture are still prevalent today. The university has experienced tremendous growth in the past 15 years under the leadership of President Daniel J. Elsener, including the opening of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 – the state’s first new medical school in 110 years.  Marian University’s football team has captured the NAIA national championship in 2012 and 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the women’s basketball team won back-to-back NAIA national championships. Marian University is also home to the most successful collegiate cycling program in the nation, which currently holds 38 national titles.

Marian University offers an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance and full Marian University undergraduate tuition benefits for employees and their family.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Required materials include: letter of application, current CV with evidence of outstanding teaching and professional activities, names and contact information of three professional references. Only complete applicant packets submitted to will be considered.  Marian University is an EOE and is committed to diversity and encourages persons from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Marian University is an EOE