Assistant Professor of English



Assistant Professor of English


Northwest Nazarene University 

At NNU, you will discover a university with a century-long history of providing a transformational education that is committed to helping individuals elevate their God-given purpose as they live into our Here for Good promise. We believe an education is more than an intellectual pursuit; it is more than merely acquiring a degree to get a better job. At Northwest Nazarene University, we believe that a meaningful life is rooted in timeless values and empowered by a community that embodies these principles for each and every one of our students, staff, and faculty. Together, we realize our potential by committing to a life of service that transforms ourselves, our society, and the world.


Founded in 1913, Northwest Nazarene University is a comprehensive Christian university with 80 undergraduate areas of study, 18 master’s degrees in six different disciplines, five Education Specialists degrees and two doctoral degrees. NNU has more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 6,000 continuing education students and more than 10,000 high school students who participate in the University’s concurrent credit program. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


NNU is situated in a best-of-all-worlds location. Just minutes away from the urban lifestyle of Boise as well as a myriad of outdoor activities, NNU is the place for those who want to be in the thick of things and those who want to get away from it all. From easy access to local ski resorts, mountain hiking, and river rafting to a wide array of cultural opportunities there is something for everyone. NNU has a long and deep association with the Church of the Nazarene, and all University faculty and staff commit themselves to living out their faith in a community shaped by serious scholarship and Christian values.



The Department of Language and Literature
The Department of Language and Literature at Northwest Nazarene University offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and in Chinese Studies; a Co-Major in Creative Writing; and minors in Chinese Studies, Literature, Professional Writing, and Spanish.  The Department also educates English Secondary Education and English Middle-Level Endorsement majors through our nationally-recognized Education Department, whose graduates are highly sought after for teaching positions across the Pacific Northwest.


Description of Position
The Department of Language and Literature at Northwest Nazarene University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Early British literature to begin August 2021.  The preferred candidate will hold a Ph.D. (A.B.D. considered) in an area of British literature before the Romantic period and also have training in the pedagogy of composition.


Depending on the interests and expertise of the candidate, the position may include:

  • Teaching linguistics and/or pre- and early modern literature in translation from languages other than English
  • Visionary thinking for raising awareness of the versatility of an English major
  • Developing and supervising a robust professional writing curriculum
  • Developing a course to assist English majors with vocational discernment and preparation
  • Developing and supervising internships for English majors not going into education

Job duties will include the following:

  • Teaching 24 credits per year, four courses per semester, including lower-division literature courses, first-year composition, upper-division writing courses, and upper-division literature courses
  • Scholarship as described by the Boyer Model, such as, but not limited to, conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications
  • Mentoring and advising undergraduate students
  • Serving on assigned university committees
  • Other duties as assigned


Candidates should highlight any work in diversity and inclusion, such as experience teaching first-generation and/or traditionally underserved student populations, or teaching that incorporates scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.



The salary will be determined based on the educational background and experience of the candidate. NNU’s benefits package includes health, vision and dental insurance for employee and family, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, opportunities for professional development, sabbatical experiences, and an excellent retirement plan.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application packet must be received. Complete application packet will include the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • NNU application
  • Resume
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Two current letters of recommendation from professional associates

For Faculty positions, also include:

  • Statement describing your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Statement describing your philosophy of teaching

Send, fax or email a complete application packet to:

Human Resources Office
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Reviewed 8 Feb, 2021

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted, and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).