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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.


Upcoming Events

Tyree HeadshotSaturday, June 26, 2021 at 3:30pm

Join Justin St. Clair, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, as he moderates "Inherent Vice: A Conversation with J. M. Tyree." Nonfiction Editor at New England Review and Contributing Editor to Film Quarterly, Tyree has placed his work in a host of enviable venues, including Brick, Lapham's Quarterly, Sight & Sound, The Believer, and McSweeney's. His most recent book, The Counterforce: Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, arrived this spring from Fiction Advocate. This event will be held over Zoom. PHOTO: Ben Walters.

▼   JOB OPENING:  Continuing Instructor

The University of South Alabama's Department of English invites applications for a non-tenure track (9-month, continuing) full-time Instructor position to teach primarily freshman composition courses and to coordinate the department’s course-embedded tutors. The position starts on August 14, 2021. The teaching load is 4/4, and departmental, college, and/or university service are also expected.

Required: M.A. in English or a closely related field with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in English and evidence of strong commitment to teaching college freshmen and sophomores. Evidence of working with course-embedded tutors also is a plus.

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

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

Official electronic transcripts may be emailed to Dr. Patrick Shaw ( 

Review of applications will begin June 21, 2021.

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.  

▼   English Department Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

In acknowledgment of recent racist events on our campus and across our nation, the English Department believes it important to reaffirm to our students and community our dedication to the following principles:

  • We commit ourselves to the principles of anti-racism: to actively disavow and condemn discriminatory language, actions, and images that create unequal learning opportunities.

  • We work to foreground specific historical, social, and cultural contexts for the texts we teach and write, emphasizing that art and thought do not exist in isolation from the structural inequalities and systemic inequities of our history and politics.

  • We view the classroom as a unique space where we can walk in with one idea and come out with quite another, where our ideas and values are tested for validity in discussion with peers, where we work each day to build the common ground on which our university and our country must rest.

  • We will continue to expand the diversity of issues, authors, and texts represented at all levels of our curriculum with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability. And finally, we affirm our solidarity with all members of our academic community harmed by racist behaviors and discourse.


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