Minimum Qualifications: • MA required; PhD, MFA, or ABD preferable • Record of excellence in teaching college composition • One year of teaching experience in the CSU English department • Initiative for program development • Supervisory experience, preferably in composition program administration
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with academic or scholarly credentials in composition theory and pedagogy or rhetoric.
Duties: • The position is full time (4/4 load) with one course release each semester for administrative work. o The Composition Administration assignment entails the training and supervision of graduate teaching assistants in CO150, College Composition This role includes co-coordinating intensive, week-long orientation program before fall semester; holding weekly in-service workshops; observing classes of and holding conferences about grading with new GTAs; maintaining records about and evaluating GTA teaching performance; and collaborating to update/revise common CO150 syllabus and course materials. • Successful applicants will be expected to meet departmental objectives for the courses CO150 (College Composition), CO300 (Writing Arguments), or CO301 (Writing in the Disciplines). The availability of other courses is based on department need and the instructor’s background.
Salary: This position is a special assignment. Annual reappointment depends on performance and the continued availability of funding. The term of this assignment is customarily three years. The salary for the position will be the successful applicant’s 2012-13 100% salary, plus any increase from a salary exercise (if the University has one), plus an administrative stipend of $2500 per academic year.
General Information: The English department at CSU has a tenure-track faculty of 35, approximately 500 undergraduate majors, and more than 140 graduate students. The University Composition Program houses five programs which serve the University at large: the First-Year Composition Program (FYC), the Upper-Division Composition Program (UDC), the University Writing Center, the gtPathways Writing Program (GTP), and the Composition Placement Program. Each of these programs is unified by our faculty commitment to teaching writing as a rhetorical act of inquiry and learning, ensuring that our programs are consistent with national standards for best practice, and maintaining a clear and reliable understanding of CSU’s students’ writing backgrounds and needs. The department appoints more than 35 graduate teaching assistants who teach creative and expository writing and English as a second language. Undergraduate concentrations in creative writing, English education, language, literature, and writing lead to a B.A. in English. Master of Arts degrees are offered in creative nonfiction, English education, literature, rhetoric and composition, and TESL/TEFL. A Master of Fine Arts is offered in creative writing. For further information, visit the Department home page at http://english.colostate.edu.
Applicants should write to Dr. Louann Reid, Chair, Department of English, Colorado State University, 1773 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1773. Direct questions to Sue Russell, at (970) 491-1898 or Sue.Russell@colostate.edu.
For full consideration for Fall 2013, please submit applications by February 15, 2013. The 2013-2014 instructor pool will expire on December 31, 2013. You will need to reapply each year to be added to the following academic year’s instructor pool.
Applications must include:
• a letter of application that outlines your supervisory and/or administrative experience and potential, as well as your teaching experience and range of teaching interests, particularly those courses you are interested in teaching at CSU; • a detailed résumé or c.v.; • documentation of your post-baccalaureate degree (e.g., a photocopy of your diploma; a transcript that notes the degree conferred); • a descriptive overview that highlights specific examples of teaching practices and discusses specifically your experience teaching composition courses; • relevant evidence of supervisory, professional development, and/or first-year composition program development experience; • recent supporting materials that indicate teaching quality in each of 4 categories: written reports of classroom observations, student evaluations, syllabi, three student papers reflecting a range of grades (one paper an “A,” one a “B,” and one below a “B”) in response to a single assignment. These papers should include your marginal and end comments; the English department considers responding to student writing central to good teaching, and thus we review these comments as indications of pedagogical effectiveness. Please also include a narrative describing the assignment and grading criteria (up to one page). Explain how the assignment fits into the overall picture of the course; • three recent (written in the last 3 years) letters of reference that speak to your administrative experience and/or potential, as well as your teaching; • a street address, phone number, and email address where you can be reached during both the school year and the summer.
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