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Teaching at The Citadel

If you're interested in applying for a position with The Citadel's English Department, take a look at the FAQ below for answers to applicants' most common questions.

Q: What kind of college is The Citadel?

A: Founded in 1842, The Citadel, a state-supported comprehensive college, is part of South Carolina's system of higher education. Faculty at The Citadel are state employees just as they are at other state colleges and universities, and they receive all the benefits of state employees.

The Citadel is also a military college, and the approximately 2000 day students (including about 140 women) are uniformed cadets. Approximately the same number of students are enrolled in The Citadel Graduate College, which holds classes primarily in the late afternoon and evening, and whose students are non-cadets.

There are about 165 tenured and tenure-track faculty, approximately forty of whom are women.

The Citadel ranked high again this year in the annual ratings of colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report -- including being rated No. 2 best public institution in the South among those offering master's degrees, and No. best value among Southern colleges.

Q: What's it like teaching in a military college?

A: The two most noticeable differences are that Citadel faculty wear military uniforms (not the cadet uniform) to teach undergraduate day classes, and they return salutes from cadets.

For this reason, faculty are expected to follow military guidelines governing hair length and style. Men may wear mustaches but not beards.

Q: How else does the military system affect faculty?

A: Other than wearing the uniform and returning salutes, very little.

Faculty governance at The Citadel operates as it does in most other colleges and universities. The academic hierarchy consists of department heads, deans, and the Provost, and most of the work of the college is done through standing committees.

New additions to the faculty often comment that at The Citadel they have more freedom to design courses and conduct classes in their own way than they did at other institutions.

Q: What courses would I teach?

A: Everyone in the English Department teaches freshman composition (ENGL-101 and ENGL-102) and one or more of the sophomore literature survey courses. These include Major British Writers I; Major British Writers II; Masterpieces of American Literature; Masterpieces of World Literature I (to 1650); and Masterpieces of World Literature II (since 1650).

Except under unusual circumstances, we avoid scheduling any one professor for more than two sections of freshman composition per semester.

Likewise, everyone teaches upper-level undergraduate courses in his or her primary field of specialization.

Finally, almost everyone is on the graduate faculty, which means that he or she teaches a graduate course about once every two or three years.

Q: I didn't know The Citadel has a graduate program. What graduate degrees do you offer?

A: Together with our colleagues at the College of Charleston we offer an M.A. in English. Our Master of Arts in Teaching degree has been nationally recognized by NCTE.

Q: How many classes would I teach, and what's the average class size?

A: We teach twelve hours per semester, but only nine hours if one of the classes is a graduate class. The average freshman class numbers 18, and the average sophomore class 25. The upper-level undergraduate and graduate classes range in size from 12 to 25.

Q: Who would be my colleagues in the English Department?

A: There are sixteen full-time members of the English Department faculty, all of whom hold the doctorate. Six members of the department are women.

Our five current assistant professors have doctoral degrees from the CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Rochester, the University of North Carolina, Emory University, and the University of Miami. The rest of the faculty in the department are tenured associate or full professors. Most have taught at The Citadel for more than ten years. Tenured members of the department hold doctoral degrees from Brown, California, Case Western Reserve, Delaware, Duke (2), Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina (2), and Vanderbilt.

Q: How long would it be before I would go up for tenure?

A: The present system is that tenure-track assistant professors normally apply for tenure at the end of their sixth year. Assistant professors normally are promoted to associate at the same time they receive tenure.

Q: Where can I meet the members of the Search Committee and talk more about the job?

A: Members of the Search Committee will be at the MLA meeting in San Francisco. After we review the applications, we will invite candidates to interview at MLA. Following the interviews, we will invite the top candidates for campus visits.

Q: Does The Citadel offer campus housing to faculty?

A: A number of faculty live on campus. Housing units range from small two-bedroom apartments to large four-bedroom townhouses. Some faculty have lived on campus for decades, but others choose campus housing only as a temporary arrangement while looking for a house to buy. New faculty are eligible for campus housing, but The Citadel cannot guarantee that everyone will be accommodated.

Q: I hear Charleston is a great place to live. What are some of the advantages of living there?

A: The Citadel's location in the City of Charleston is definitely one of the advantages of teaching here. Please click here to explore some of the web pages describing the city.

Q: I have other questions that aren't covered here.

A: Please send your e-mail questions to the Chair of the English Department, Professor David G. Allen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).