Blackburn College

Professor of English - First Year Writing

Blackburn College, a private liberal-arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, Illinois, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Professor of English, with primary duties teaching First Year Writing and overseeing the First Year Experience program.

The final candidate will be joining the Blackburn community at an exciting time of growth and change, with a new president who is enthusiastic about strengthening student success, particularly in conjunction with First Year Writing and First Year Experience. Therefore, candidates must be passionate about working with first year students and diverse populations. 

Required qualifications include a PhD in Composition/Rhetoric or English, demonstrated excellence in teaching First-Year Writing, and commitment to working with first year populations with diverse levels of preparation and engagement. Experience working in peer-tutor writing centers and/or First Year Experience programs is preferred. 

Blackburn seeks to build an inclusive faculty and administration that can engage the interests of a diverse student population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send a letter of application addressing the above qualifications and expectations, CV, teaching statement that includes an explanation of what diversity means to you, why it is important, and how diversity informs your teaching, and contact information for three to five references to: Human Resources, 700 College Ave., Ludlum 215, Carlinville, IL  62626 or

Position begins August 1, 2019. For full consideration, please submit application materials by midnight on Thursday, February 28. The successful applicant must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States; Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position. Blackburn College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Blackburn College is a small, residential liberal arts college noted for its high academic standards. Additionally Blackburn is one of the eight federally-recognized Work Colleges and has the only student-managed work program. The stimulating teaching and learning environment, coupled with the experience and leadership gained through the Work Program, results in an average of 98% of graduates in full-time employment or graduate school within six months of graduation, based on an average 96% survey response rate.  

Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois, a small, rural community between Springfield, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri. The college enjoys a very positive relationship with the community. Carlinville has been called one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” and is also the seat of Macoupin County, home to the majestic Macoupin County Courthouse. Carlinville offers excellent public schools, many parks, and historical homes and buildings, all within an easy drive of the more urban centers of St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Illinois.

Contact Information

Human Resources,
700 College Ave.
Ludlum 215
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