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Assistant/Associate Professor of Literature (Tenure Track)

College of Arts & Sciences

Reports to: Darrell Hobson, Dean


August 15, 2015 or as negotiated

Position Summary

Assistant / Associate Professor of Literature. Northwest University seeks a PhD in Literature (ABD considered). NU prefers a teacher-scholar who teaches literature and first-year composition courses, coordinates writing across the curriculum and assessment initiatives, and enhances mid to upper-level literature course offerings. Interest and scholarship in American (Generalist) or British (Romantic / Victorian) literature is highly desirable. Responsibilities include reviewing and enhancing the existing literature program, working with the department chair on course development, and teaching composition and literature survey courses. Candidates must possess a meaningful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and the Gospel. We strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. 

Essential Functions

  • Teach two literature courses each semester.  These may include both literature surveys and upper-division specialized courses.
  • Teach first-year composition courses and other courses in the writing concentration as needed.
  • Advise English majors.
  • Work with the English department chair in curriculum development and assessment of student learning and program effectiveness.
  • Participate in the governance functions of the university as assigned.


  • Ph.D with a focus on Literature. Current ABDs will be considered.
  • College-level teaching experience required, with documentation of success in teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships.
  • A collegial orientation and a willingness to work collaboratively with other disciplines and departments.
  • A commitment to teaching excellence in an undergraduate, liberal arts program.
  • A demonstrated, vibrant Christian faith compatible with the mission of Northwest University and the Assemblies of God.
  • Willingness and ability to apply the Christian worldview in course design and instruction, and advising.

Closing Date Of Search

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in October 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.


Darrell Hobson
5520 108th Ave NE / PO Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98083

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Dependent on education and experience, and based upon the established faculty salary schedule.

Application Requirements

For consideration, please submit all of the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae, and, if available, teaching portfolio
  • Graduate-school transcripts
  • Recent letters of recommendation from three professional references with e-mail and phone contact information
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his or her approach to language and writing.
  • A statement describing the candidate’s personal Christian faith, practice, and current local church affiliation.

Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.

Educational Goals

In view of its distinctive philosophy, Northwest University seeks to provide education which will introduce the student to the organized fields of learning and will acquaint the student with the Christian theistic view of the world and of people and their culture. Such an education is intended to develop the whole person in a balanced and useful manner.

The academic program includes majors and areas of concentration in over forty fields of study including ten graduate programs. Sixty-seven full-time faculty members and seventy-three part-time instructors teach 1,740 students. Over sixty-seven percent of the faculty holds the doctoral degree, twenty-four percent are tenured, and forty-three percent are women.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God. The University also holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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