Instructor in Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Part 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 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.

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

Please submit the following required application materials to
*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 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.

  • written reports of classroom observations and/or recent teaching evaluation
  • syllabi representing the range of courses you are interested in teaching
  • optional teaching philosophy
  • 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.

  • 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, all of your references will be notified and asked to submit their letter of recommendation.

Applicants may submit materials at any time. For full consideration for Fall 2017, please submit applications by February 17, 2017. For full consideration for Spring 2018, please submit applications by July 15, 2017. The 2017-18 instructor general pool will expire on December 31, 2017. You will need to reapply each year to be added to the following academic year’s instructor general pool. Direct questions to Sue Russell at (970) 491-1898 or

*Note: If you are going to use Interfolio for your letters of reference, please follow the directions here:

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. 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.

Diversity Statement

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

Search Contact Sue Russell 970 491-1898