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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 professional settings including teaching, writing, and business areas. English majors and minors are taught by talented faculty and field experts in creative writing, literature, and professional writing in the College of Arts and Sciences. English undergraduate student Kelsi Fails describes her passion for writing poetry and studying literature at USA.

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. The English master's program offers students in the creative writing and literature concentrations advanced study and preparation for careers in English as well as further graduate study. 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

Prine headshotTommy Prine - Thursday, September 5, 2024 - 7:00pm

TICKET LINK: $30 via Brown Paper Tickets

The Independent Music Collective is thrilled to partner with Callaghan's to present Tommy Prine at 7pm on Thursday, September 5, 2024! The son of late songwriting legend, John Prine, Tommy Prine grew up in Nashville surrounded by music, art and writing. His debut album, This Far South, arrived in 2023. Only 60 tickets will be available for this show, $30 each via Brown Paper Tickets --- get yours before they sell out!

Please note: this event will be held at Callaghan's Irish Social Club.

Scarry headshotElaine Scarry - POSTPONED

As part of the English Department's Spring Series on the Body, renowned scholar Elaine Scarry will deliver a lecture titled "The Body at Work: Revisiting The Body in Pain." The Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows, Scarry pursues two central subjects in her work: the nature of physical injury and the nature of human creation. Her notable books include The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (1985), On Beauty and Being Just (1999), and Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing between Democracy and Doom (2014).

Please note: this free event is co-sponsored by Modern and Classical Languages and Literature.

▼   Job Openings

One-Year-Only Instructor

The University of South Alabama's Department of English invites applications for two (2) non-tenure track (9-month, one-year-only) full-time Instructor positions to teach primarily freshman composition courses.  Departmental, college, university, and/or community service also expected.  Positions begin starting August 15, 2024 (4/4 teaching load).

Required: MA in English or related field with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in English and evidence of strong commitment to teaching college freshmen and sophomores. 

To apply, send by email the following: vita, cover letter, one-page teaching statement, and names of three references to Dr. Patrick Shaw, Search Committee Chair, c/o Ms. Mary Ricciardi (

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 from which a degree was received to the Search Committee Chair:

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

Official electronic transcripts may be emailed to Dr. Patrick Shaw ( Review of applications will begin June 24, 2024 and continue until the positions are filled.

Part-Time Teaching

The English Department reviews applications on a continuing basis for part-time instructors, mainly to teach composition. Literature surveys and technical writing sections are available occasionally for those who are qualified in those areas.

Minimum Requirement: M.A. in English. 

Please send your vita, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references and transcripts via email to Dr. Patrick Shaw:

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected basis in admission policies and practices, educational programs, activities, or employment practices.


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