Instructors in Composition - Open Pool

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 13, 2021

Working Title Instructors in Composition - Open Pool Position Location Fort Collins, CO Posting Number 202000276F Proposed Annual Salary Range $44,000-48,000 Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

Position Type Faculty Work Hours/Week Description of Work Unit

The mission of the Department of English is to advance the study and teaching of literature, language, and writing. To accomplish this mission, the Department will provide the basis for a strong liberal arts education focused on critical literacy, critical thinking, and culturally informed interpretive skills. The Department is committed to maintaining comprehensive and interdisciplinary English studies curricula for undergraduate majors and graduate students.

Colorado State University, with an enrollment of about 30,000, is located in Fort Collins, a growing community of about 170,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, 65 miles north of Denver. The area is noted for its natural beauty, economic vitality, and abundant cultural and recreational activities. Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University (Very High Research Activity). The English Department has a total faculty of 90, approximately 365 undergraduate majors, and approximately 100 graduate students. We appoint approximately 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, rhetoric, and literacy lead to a B.A. in English. Master of Arts degrees are offered in English Education; Literature; Writing Rhetoric, and Social Change; and TEFL/TESL. A Master of Fine Arts is offered in creative writing - fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The CSU English department is also home to the Center for Literary Publishing and the prestigious Colorado Review. Visit the English Department website for more information:

Tenure/Tenure Track? No % Research % Teaching 100 % Service % Administration To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/31/2021 Number of Vacancies Desired Start Date Position End Date Position Summary

The Department of English hires Instructors in Composition from an applicant pool. Such instructors are hired based on enrollment. Instructors are responsible for teaching 1-4 sections each semester. Typically, instructors will teach College Composition, and a range of other composition and lower-division English classes. Instructors are expected to develop and teach courses guided by established learning objectives and curricular guidelines.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Required Job Qualifications

Requirements are an MA or MFA and college teaching experience in English composition. A terminal degree (PhD or MFA) is required for teaching advanced courses.

Preferred Job Qualifications Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants may submit materials at any time. For full consideration for Fall 2021, please submit applications by February 17, 2021. For full consideration for Spring 2022, please submit applications by July 14, 2021. The 2021-22 instructor general pool will expire on December 31, 2021. You will need to reapply each year to be added to the following academic year's instructor general pool. Direct questions to Sarah Schwister at

Please submit the following required application materials.

Only one document (WORD, PDF, etc.) can be submitted for each of the following 4 categories:

  1. Cover letter: a letter of application that outlines your experience teaching composition. You may also include other teaching interests, including specific courses you are interested in teaching at CSU. Specify the number of sections you would like to teach each semester. If interested in ESL/International Student sections of composition, in your letter of application please also include a statement of interest and an explanation of your experience and/or professional development in working with English language learners

  2. Curriculum vitae: a detailed curriculum vitae

  3. Unofficial transcript: documentation of your post-baccalaureate degree (e.g., a photocopy of your diploma; a transcript that notes the degree conferred)

  4. Portfolio of Teaching Materials

Four kinds of recent supporting materials are required. Compile all supporting materials into one single document (WORD, Excel, or PDF) that is no larger than 9MB. Upload that file to the Required Documents field, Portfolio. Please limit your portfolio to 20 pages plus course evaluations.

a) written reports of classroom observations and/or recent teaching evaluations

b) syllabi representing the range of courses you are interested in teaching

c) optional teaching philosophy

d) one student paper (with comments) and one page of reflection. Applicants should demonstrate their knowledge of effective grading practices by providing one graded paper with comments; in no more than one page of reflection, the applicant should explain how formative and summative feedback in the sample paper address course goals.

e) student course evaluations for one class

  • Contact Information for References
  • We require two letters of reference that speak to your teaching, addressed to Dr. Louann Reid, Chair, Department of English. You will provide contact information for two references. Upon submission of your application materials, your references will be notified and asked to submit their letter of recommendation.

    Background Check Policy Statement

    Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

    EEO Statement

    Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

    The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

    The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

    Diversity Statement

    Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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