Position Summary: The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at Governors State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in composition. The ideal candidate will be a generalist with a commitment to teaching and scholarship in composition. The ability to teach GSU's World Literature sequence is preferred.
Successful applicants should also be prepared to advise students, maintain a program of scholarship, and provide meaningful service. Candidates may be required to teach at night, on weekends, online, or at off campus locations. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate/graduate courses in the respective discipline. We seek candidates with outstanding teaching skills, advising non-traditional or diverse student populations, evidence of a potential or distinguished record of scholarship as well as community service via projects, committees and/or leadership roles.
Governors State University is the only regional, public, comprehensive university in Chicago's south suburban area, serving approximately 7,750 students annually. GSU provides accessible, high value undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. Founded in 1969, GSU is undergoing major transition. Currently a non-residential, "senior institution," accepting transfer and graduate students only, GSU will accept first-year students and complete its first residence halls in 2014. The university has an ambitious five-year Academic Master Plan, greatly expanding current programs. GSU is planning a state-of-the art General Education program and working to greatly expand student academic and support services to foster student and community engagement. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.
Through its Strategy 2015, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university's high academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasing hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. GSU seeks to become a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers several applied doctoral degrees in health and counseling fields and launched an Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership in January 2013.
The exceptionally beautiful campus is conveniently located within easy reach by road and rail to Chicago and surrounding communities that have a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The high diverse region GSU serves has a number of high performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU seeks to serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.
Minimum Qualifications: - Terminal degree in English or a closely related field is required.
- Teaching experience.
- Fluency in the English language, the ability to communicate well, demonstrate outstanding potential for excellence in teaching through a successful interview and/or classroom demonstration and be experienced in the use of innovative curricular approaches that are student-centered, inquiry-based and hands-on oriented.