Non-Tenure Track Instructor of Linguistics

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
25 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The English Department at CSU is a vibrant and diverse place. It is home to poets and linguists, literacy researchers and teacher educators, novelists and literary scholars, composition specialists and writers of creative nonfiction. We share a passion for exploring the multiple and dynamic ways that the English language is used to meet the demands of life in the twenty-first century.

Position Summary

The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications for a non-tenure-track Instructor of Linguistics. We seek an excellent teacher with expertise in Linguistics to contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs. Initially, the successful applicant will teach one course per semester in undergraduate linguistics (e.g., Phonology, Morphology, Lexis; Syntax and Semantics; Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis) or graduate level English linguistics (e.g., Syntax for ESL/EFL; Phonology/Morphology for ESL/EFL), or graduate elective courses within the candidate’s expertise. Depending on funding and program need, additional courses may be available at a later time for candidates with the ability to teach courses in 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.

Required Job Qualifications

  • PhD in Linguistics or related field (e.g., Applied Linguistics, TEFL)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence at the post-secondary level in the US and/or abroad
  • Evidence of expertise in areas of teaching duties
  • Fluent or near-fluent English skills

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit electronically a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial graduate transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and enter the name and contact information for two references. Upon submission of your application materials, your references will be notified and asked to submit their letter of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be received by August 15, 2017, 11:59 pm (MST).

NOTE: Only one document (a single WORD, Excel, PDF, etc.) can be submitted for each of the 5 application categories: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Graduate Transcripts, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and Portfolio. Each document can be no larger than 9MB.

The statement of Teaching Philosophy will be submitted to the Category: Statement of Teaching Philosophy. It will NOT be included in the Category: Portfolio.

For the Portfolio category (evidence of teaching effectiveness), we would like to leave it up to you to determine what you think best represents your teaching. Evidence of teaching effectiveness might include representative teaching observations, inventive assignments, samples of student feedback, syllabi or other class materials. These are some of the things that candidates have sent in the past, but we would like applicants to choose what they think best demonstrates their approach to teaching well.

Routine inquiries should be directed to Sue Russell at (970) 491-1898 or

Semifinalist candidates will be interviewed via video conferencing. Based on those interviews, we will then bring finalists to campus. This is a regional search. Travel expenses for interviews will be limited to a maximum of $350 per candidate. Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of English.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will 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.