Position available for Fall and Spring semesters, 2013-2014, for Instructor in Composition Administration: Assistant Director of Composition
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • MA required; PhD, MFA, or ABD preferable • Record of college teaching excellence • One year of teaching experience in the CSU English department • Initiative for composition program development • Supervisory experience, preferably in writing program administration • Knowledge of multimodal composition theory and practice • Experience developing instructional materials for distribution via the web
Preference will be given to candidates with academic or scholarly credentials in composition theory, writing program administration, and/or composition pedagogy.
Duties: The position is full time (4/4 load) with one course release each semester for administrative work. The Instructor in Composition Administration, Assistant to the Composition Director will collaborate with the University Writing Program Director to develop, communicate and/or coordinate program initiatives. Likely duties may include participating on the Composition Committee, supporting the GTA Professional Development program, developing and/or selecting curricular materials, participating in university-wide retention efforts, assisting with ESL course development, assisting in multimodal composition instruction and delivery, and others as needed. Successful applicants will be expected to meet departmental objectives for the courses they teach. In composition, instructors might teach CO130 (Academic Writing), CO150 (College Composition), CO300 (Writing Arguments), CO301 (Writing in the Disciplines), or CO302 (Writing Online). Alternative teaching assignments are based on department need and the instructor’s background.
Salary: This position is a special assignment for the academic year 2013-14. The salary for the position will be the successful applicant’s 2012-13 100% salary rate, 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 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 2013-14 instructor application 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 writing program administration experience and/or interests, as well as your teaching experience and/or 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 explains how the hiring committee should weigh other supporting material related to teaching and administration; • 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 3-5 years) letters of reference that speak to teaching and writing program administration experience and/or promise; • 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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