Kennesaw State University

Assistant Professor of English (Publishing and Professional Writing)

About Us 

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State is located just north of Atlanta, and combines a suburban setting on two metro-Atlanta campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. As one of Georgia’s largest universities, Kennesaw State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing number of doctoral programs. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2) committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level. For more information, visit   


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. 

Department Information 

The Department of English at Kennesaw State University is committed to excellent teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and the community. With a diverse faculty engaged in a variety of research approaches, the department models and promotes teaching and scholarship that honors humanistic traditions while making a range of contributions to university and civic life. 

With more than 400 full-time faculty and 8,000 degree-seeking students, the Radow College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the largest college at the university, prepares the next generation of leaders in a wide array of fields to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and become contributing citizens in a global society. The home of three schools and eight departments, the College offers more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs of study in both traditional and interdisciplinary fields. RCHSS provides students experiential learning opportunities to enable them to develop leadership, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility through community and global engagement. The College is committed to diversity and inclusiveness among our students, faculty, staff, and public. 

Job Summary 

Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English to begin August 2022. 


A commitment to excellence in teaching, complimented by strong scholarship, engagement and service is expected of all faculty members in KSU’s Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate publishing and professional writing courses (and possibly courses focusing on the candidate’s secondary area of expertise) on a 3/3 load in various modalities, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online; 

  • Producing quality and significant discipline-specific research/scholarly/creative activities; 

  • Contributing to the service efforts of the department, university, profession, and community; 

  • Supporting the professional interests and experiences of students through internships, community/work-based initiatives, and engagement. 

Required Qualifications 

PhD, MFA, or its foreign equivalent, in English, writing, or a closely related field is required. Candidates who are ABD may apply; however, degree must be earned by the hire date. 

Preferred Qualifications 

Ideal candidates will have a background in publishing and professional writing in either academic or industry settings with a promising record of research or creative activities in these areas. 

Qualifications to teach or develop courses in at least one of these secondary support areas is also preferred: feature writing, editing, career development, book design, digital/interactive storytelling, and/or book history/history of the publishing industry. 

KSU’s student population is as diverse as the population of the Atlanta metro area and includes a high proportion of traditionally underrepresented groups and first-generation college students. We prefer candidates who share the Department of English’s explicit commitment to teaching diverse communities and our belief that our diversity is our strength. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Required Documents to Attach 

  1. Two-three page cover letter addressing qualifications, experience, and requirements of the position, including demonstrated ability to support institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion and to teach a diverse student population; 

  1. Curriculum Vitae; 

  1. Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts are due upon hire); 

  1. Contact information for three references; 

  1. Summary of teaching evaluations or summary of how industry experience will inform teaching 

Apply Before Date 

Applications must be received by January 20, 2022. 

Contact Information 

For questions about this faculty opening, please contact Melanie Sumner, Search Committee Chair, at

For more information or questions about a faculty job posting, please contact Academic Affairs at For technical support, please call OneUSG Connect Support at 877-251-2644, or by email at

Equal Employment Opportunity 

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007.  Participant ID: 61415  

Background Check 

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation.  Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment.  Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility. 

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process.   Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials. 

Contact Information

Melissa Ritchey, Office Manager
English Department
440 Bartow Ave
Rm 155
Contact Phone: 
(470) 578-3125
Contact e-mail: