St.  Catherine University

Endowed Chair in English

Dec 17, 2020
Jan 18, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
The School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciencesat St. Catherine University invites applications for the Mary Alice Muellerleile Endowed Chair in English. This is a 10-month tenure track contract and will include teaching responsibilities. This position is scheduled to begin in August 2021 and is full-time.

The Muellerleile Endowed Chair in English serves as a transformational leader and mentor to faculty colleagues and students, as a collaborator with other university departments and leaders, and as an advocate for the English Major. The Muellerleile Chair will provide leadership and partnership around curriculum development and career readiness with vision, direction, and inspiration in order that the highest level in teaching, research and service activities in the department are realized. The Muellerleile Chair is ultimately responsible for helping to support the department's programs, enrollment, and curricular quality.


  • Establish an agenda which has innovation and growth at its center with a vision for helping to shape the English major in ways that support equity and access.
  • Design, teach, evaluate and revise course content to reflect most current knowledge in the field, particularly with regard to career readiness.
  • Monitor curriculum content and make recommendations as appropriate to maintain relevance.
    Teach effectively in the face-to-face, hybrid or fully online format, achieving student learning objectives.
  • As an educator, advisor, and a mentor, foster a culture of inclusive excellence through authentic relationships with students of all cultures and abilities, effectively supporting students who are majoring in English or considering the major.
  • Develop and pursue an innovative and respected program of research to advance the discipline and inform classroom teaching. Through this, collaborate with undergraduate students in research.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with operational units to support recruitment, retention and career readiness of students and to pursue support from donor gifts and grants.
  • Create and foster relationships with secondary schools and community colleges to build an effective pipeline of students.
  • Develop relationships in the business community to facilitate experiential learning for English majors, resulting in internships that allow students to practice their skills.
  • Participate in shared governance of the university through service on committees.
  • Support faculty in creating career opportunities for students.
  • Support the charge to embed career preparation within course content and assess progress through student learning outcomes

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation's largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Terminal degree (PhD or MFA ) in English, comparative literature, rhetoric / composition, writing, or other relevant field
  • Applicants must have a strong record of research accomplishments, as documented by publications in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Academic accomplishments suitable for the rank of associate professor or professor.
  • Current, robust research agenda including relevant publications in innovative Humanities curriculum design, pedagogy, career preparation, or similar.
  • Experience teaching in online, hybrid and in-person formats.
  • Experience teaching, advising and mentoring students
  • Experience involving students in relevant research projects.
  • Record of excellence in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Public-oriented or project-oriented scholarship/service and/or collaborative work
  • Digital Humanities projects that advance the study of literature or writing
  • Grant writing experience
  • Experience building partnerships between higher education and community colleges and other secondary institutions
  • Experience building partnerships with employers

Candidates of color and other diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We seek creative, adaptable faculty and staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university's commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for FACULTY

Visit to apply. Submit a letter of interest addressing the qualifications in the profile. Also submit a current CV which includes relevant responsibilities and accomplishments and a list of five professional references that includes the reference name, current role, contact information and exact relationship with the candidate. References will only be contacted during final stages of the search and following consultation with the candidate. Teaching evaluations will also be collected at this time. Successful completion of a background check will be required for employment.

The deadline for applications is January 17, 2021.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
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