The University of Minnesota Twin Cities First-Year Writing Program invites applications for a teaching specialist or lecturer position. This position has an anticipated start date of fall 2020. This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track academic appointment with a 3/3 teaching load and professional development/engagement within a dynamic first-year writing program with over 15 full-time instructors and lecturers. Teaching modes include hybrid and online for linguistically diverse populations.
Our First-Year Writing program is in the Department of Writing Studies, which actively seeks to engage in creating inclusive learning and workplace environments and opportunities. Our FYW program is undergoing expansion and change, including: initiating a hybrid course model; revising our curriculum to promote information literacy and multimodal writing; actively developing our capacity to offer responsible and responsive teaching for a diverse population. The University of Minnesota offers professional development and advancement to all instructors and lecturers.
The successful candidate has a demonstrated commitment to pedagogy, assessment, and course design that provide collective access and promote equity. The successful candidate has demonstrated interest in teaching first-year students and composition/rhetoric; evidence of ongoing professional development and engagement; values being part of an active community of reflective practitioners.
Minimum requirements include: an M.A. or terminal degree in Composition and Rhetoric, Writing or a related field and at least two semesters of teaching first-year writing. Also required is demonstrated commitment to instruction that supports diverse learners and builds inclusive classroom environments. Demonstrated interest in teaching as evidenced by at least one of the following: graduate coursework in composition, pedagogy, or related field; or participation in professional development related to teaching.
Preferred qualifications include: PhD; TOEFL, ESL certification or other professional development experience in working with multilingual and other linguistically diverse writers (experience can include classroom, writing center, and/or community literacy work); two years or more of successful college teaching experience; experience teaching blended or online college composition courses and community-engaged learning courses; demonstrated effectiveness working with a range of multilingual collective access, equity, and rhetoric/composition; a record of ongoing professional development related to writing instruction or experience taking on new challenges related to undergraduate writing instruction; interest in or experience teaching with a writing-about-writing pedagogy.
Candidates with an MA will be hired as Teaching Specialists; candidates with a terminal degree (PhD, MFA, terminal MA in TESOL) will be hired as Lecturers.
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