Assistant Professor of Writing and First-Year Studies

Bay Path University
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Jun 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Bay Path University is seeking an energetic and intellectually engaged professional to join our faculty as an Assistant Professor of Writing and First-Year Studies.  This is a full time position in the area of Liberal Studies, and primary teaching responsibilities will include introductory Writing, Research, and a first-year course in the Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) program.  Some of these courses may require skill in online and digital modes of instruction. Additional responsibilities will include curriculum and course development, oversight of the use of supplemental writing resources and/or tools to support student learning, student advisement, program and course assessment, committee service, ongoing professional development through scholarly activities, and contributions to the first-year experience programs.  The teaching load for this position is 4/4 with the preference for experience in working with developmental writers and underrepresented groups. The position begins late August, 2017.

Bay Path University is dedicated to educating the next generation of women as both lifelong learners and leaders and to creating and sustaining an environment where diversity and inclusion are integral to student success.  The Division of Student Engagement and Liberal Studies combines integral academic areas, such as degree programs in Liberal Studies and Communications, the WELL, Honors, and Writing Programs, with student life to ensure that students engage and develop holistically while at Bay Path. These programs exist within the Bay Path University Division of Student Engagement and Liberal Studies, and as such, contribute to the overall undergraduate academic commitment to a sound and exciting Liberal Arts education. The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Provost of the Division of Student Engagement and Liberal Studies/Dean of Liberal Studies. 

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

This is a full-time, 9 month, faculty position.


  • Teach up to four courses (12 credits) annually to include Critical Reading and Response, Literary Genres, Research and Writing in the Disciplines, and Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders.
  • Collaborate with WELL program director and Bay Path University Core Curriculum Committee to incorporate Written and Oral Communication skills emphasis throughout WELL, Bay Pay University Core and major coursework.
  • Coordinate efforts to provide and assess supplemental writing support, such as online writing resources, to students and faculty.
  • Participate as integral faculty in the WELL program, serving as an instructor and advisor.
  • Attend faculty meetings and major college functions.
  • Work collaboratively with Assistant Provost/Dean, the Chair of Liberal Studies, the Coordinator of the Writing Program, and the Director of WELL and Community Life to assess student learning and develop and use learning support techniques and tools.
  • Assist with the admissions process by attending Open Houses and offering presentations pertaining to writing excellence at Bay Path University. 
  • Attend trainings as required.




  • Terminal Degree in English, Rhetoric and Composition or related field. Candidates who are ABD will be considered.
  • Teaching experience at college and university level strongly preferred.
  • Must show evidence of excellence in teaching first-year writing and first-year seminars.
  • Demonstrated success and expertise in first-year instruction and working with first-generation students is preferred.
  • Must show evidence of experience working with at-risk learners and/or students from under-represented groups.
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate active research interests in areas of diversity, including race and ethnicity, social class, gender, ability, and religion.
  • Ability to speak a second language preferred. 
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion, and knowledge of FERPA and HIPPA regulations.
  • Commitment to a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion. 
  • Passion for educating and empowering women.
  • General knowledge of the University mission, purpose and goals and the role of an Assistant Professor in achieving those goals.

Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter outlining salary requirements, resume, and contact information for four professional references.  All applications should be sent electronically in MS Word format to

An equal opportunity employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.