The English and Communication Studies Department seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member with an interdisciplinary background in developmental English and English as an additional language to oversee the College English preparatory courses and curricula.
The candidate should demonstrate research and teaching experience in related fields, which may include rhetoric, language acquisition, or linguistics. The candidate should have experience in developing the developmental and ELL writing program/courses according to the diverse needs of students.
Additionally, the candidate should have experience and demonstrate an ability to supervise adjunct faculty and coordinate teaching programs in accordance with established seniority requirements.
The successful candidate will be expected to pursue an active research agenda in their field of expertise and exhibit a record of academic research and publication, professional activities, successful college-level teaching, and familiarity with both online and hybrid learning environments.
The candidate will be expected to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students in an institution with strong emphasis on globalization and experiential learning. Interest and experience in interdisciplinary collaboration is highly desirable.
Successful candidates will excel in the following competencies:
- Possess expertise in guiding students to discover how rhetorical theory and related writing pedagogy can challenge or solidify accepted norms and values and uncover insights into cultural evolution and revolution.
- Demonstrate a history of scholarship and progressive pedagogy that examines human experience through key works of writing from diverse historical, racial, ethnic, religious, aesthetic, economic, social and cultural perspectives; while also encouraging students to challenge essentializing tendencies and debates that might circulate and solidify around the reception of these works.
- Demonstrate ability to create a dynamic classroom where students can effectively communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries and balance differing worldviews based upon a deep knowledge and awareness of other people, countries, cultures, and beliefs through the careful study of rhetoric and writing.
- Demonstrate ability to adapt course materials to adjust to new innovations within and outside of the discipline.
- Possess experience utilizing a variety of instructional delivery methods and emerging technologies to encourage and enhance student learning.
- Possess a willingness to embrace innovative pedagogical, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches, where appropriate.
- Demonstrate instructional variety and flexibility to accommodate students with different learning styles, experiences, and abilities.
- Demonstrate experience in creating engaging curriculum and classroom environments that will reinforce and further develop advanced skills in critical reading, thinking, presenting, writing, and communication skills.
- Possess a passion for expanding students' horizons, curiosities and imagination through rhetoric and wide-ranging curricular innovations that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Demonstrate the vision to deliver and advance the mission of the English and Communication Studies Department and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences to develop reflective, critical and engaged citizens of the world.
- Demonstrate interest in developing a wide-ranging curriculum that leverages areas of expertise while contributing to the English and Communication Studies Department's vision.
- Possess experience encouraging student interaction, collaboration, teamwork and cooperation in the learning process.
- Maintain active participation in professional practices and scholarship, and a willingness to mentor faculty both within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across the College.
- Demonstrate expertise in current critical, theoretical, and pedagogical trends and practices in the field.
- Demonstrate ability to represent FIT with innovative scholarship presented at local, regional, national, and international professional organizations and through peer reviewed publications.
- Demonstrate ability to support FIT's goals and mission of promoting issues of sustainability, pluralism, and diversity through rhetorical study.
- Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues to increase the visibility and profile of writing and rhetorical scholarship at FIT.
- Maintain positive, helpful, supportive, respectful, collegial, and teamwork-oriented relationships with other professionals.
- Demonstrate ability to utilize innovative instructional technology and to incorporate the most appropriate technologies to enhance student-learning outcomes.
- Demonstrate expertise in using social and emerging media to create engaging and evolving methods of instruction and student-centered interaction.