The Department of English hires Instructors in Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy from an applicant pool. Such instructors are hired for one semester or for the academic year. The teaching load for instructors is 1-4 sections each semester. Typically, instructors will teach College Composition, and a range of other composition and lower-division English classes. Instructors will be expected to meet departmental objectives for the courses they teach.
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 Studies (literature, composition, etc.). PhD or equivalent is required for teaching advanced courses.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants may submit materials at any time. For full consideration for Fall 2018, please submit applications by February 19, 2018. For full consideration for Spring 2019, please submit applications by July 16, 2018. The 2018-19 instructor general pool will expire on December 31, 2018. You will need to reapply each year to be added to the following academic year's instructor general pool. Until July 31, 2018, direct questions to Sue Russell at (970) 491-1898 or Sue.Russell@colostate.edu and then to Lillian Nugent at (970) 491-6429 or Lillian.Nugen@colostate.edu.
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 teaching experience and range of teaching interests, particularly those courses you are interested in teaching at CSU as well as the number of sections you would like to teach. 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 evaluation
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.
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