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Department of English

The Bachelor and Master of Arts in English degree programs at the University of South Alabama prepare students for jobs in many professional settings. English majors and minors are taught by talented faculty and field experts in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The English undergraduate program allows students to explore the study of literature and interpretation of novels, stories, poems and essays through critical approaches and writing, build the skills to craft meaningful creative work, and develop skills in professional writing and editing. Through classes, as well as research opportunities and internships, students build skills in critical reading and writing, research, and instruction that support a range of career fields in business and education.


Race and Identity Lecture Series

Tucker HeadshotWednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:30pm

USA Writer in Residence Frye Gaillard and Journalist in Residence Cynthia Tucker will present Reflections on Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: A New Perspective on Race in America. This is the first installment in the Race and Identity series sponsored by the English Department. This event will be held over Zoom.

Romero HeadshotWednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:30pm

Dr. Channette Romero, Associate Professor of English at the University of Georgia specializing in Native and Multiethnic literature and film, will lead Buckled Hats and HipHop Tricksters: A Conversation on Political Humor in Indigenous Animation. This event will be held over Zoom.

Brown HeadshotWednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:30pm

Rev. Joseph Brown, SJ, Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, will present Race and Identity in Literature and Culture. This event will be held over Zoom.

Pettus HeadshotWednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:30pm

Dr. Mudiwa Pettus, Assistant Professor of English Composition and Rhetoric at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, will present Against Compromise: What Black Rhetorical Education in the Age of Booker T. Washington Teaches Us About Our Current Moment. This event will be held over Zoom. Register here.

▼   JOB OPENING:  Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (One-Year Position)

Application and Search Process 

The University of South Alabama English Department invites applications for a non-tenure track, 9-month, one-year-only Assistant Professor of Creative Writing position, starting August 15, 2021. This position is primarily in fiction although a secondary genre is encouraged.  Required: Ph.D. in English or M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a background in fiction.

To apply, send by email the following: vita, cover letter, and names of three references to Dr. Charlotte Pence, Search Committee Chair, c/o Ms. Kim Graves at

Applicants invited for a campus interview will arrange to have official graduate and undergraduate transcripts sent directly by the Registrars of all colleges and universities attended to the Search Committee Chair:

Dr. Charlotte Pence
Department of English
HUMB 240
5991 USA Dr N
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Review of applications will begin April 19, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.


The successful candidate will teach a full-time load consisting of fiction courses, a graduate-level multi-genre course, and literature courses. The candidate will also be expected to participate in the English department and the work of the creative writing program by assisting with Oracle magazine, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing Visiting Writer Series, and thesis committees. 

The Department, University, and Community

The USA English Department has long been identified with outstanding creative writing faculty members and alumni.  Past or present faculty members have received many honors, including the National Book Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Alabama Poet Laureateship. Numerous former students have published novels, poetry collections, and works of creative nonfiction. The Department is exceptionally collegial, highly productive in research and creative work, and committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education.  

The University of South Alabama is a growing research institution with over 14,000 students.   

The historic Mobile Bay area is home to many successful creative writers and boasts a lively arts scene (in which the USA creative writing faculty has long figured prominently).

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing 

The Stokes Center enhances the English department’s offerings in creative writing by sponsoring readings, lectures, forums, community projects, and other events that are free and open to the public. It also supports students through its undergraduate and graduate awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The Stokes Center is committed to fostering a vibrant writers’ community along the Gulf Coast, one that not only showcases both local and national talent but also provides a meeting place for writers from around the world.

Visiting Writers Series

The University of South Alabama has been host to many distinguished authors and scholars over the years, including Margaret Atwood, Charles Bernstein, Roxane Gay, Jack Gilbert, Jamaal May, Marjorie Perloff, Marge Piercy, Danez Smith, W. D. Snodgrass, Edward O. Wilson, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Now part of the Stokes Center, the Visiting Writers Series brings emerging and established authors to campus for readings and craft talks throughout the year. All events are free and open to the public.

If you have any questions about our search or the process, please contact Dr. Charlotte Pence (Chair, Search Committee) at

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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