Instructor, English Composition
Job Title: Instructor, English Composition
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605220
NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.
This posting is for up to four full-time, benefit-eligible, non-tenure-eligible Instructors in English Composition. These positions begin in the 2021-2022 academic year and are renewable up to three years with satisfactory performance and as enrollment allows. Contract dates for 2021-22 are likely 2 August 2021 through 6 May 2021.
NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.
The University Writing Program seeks four dedicated educators to teach in our composition program. Instructors will primarily teach English 105, a four-credit composition course with a standard syllabus, and English 205, a two-credit composition course, as needed. Teaching schedules may be five days a week. Typical teaching assignments might be 16 credits in fall and 12 credits in spring with limited service responsibilities; or teaching 12 credits in both fall and spring, plus weekly mentoring and other service responsibilities throughout the year. Instructors may be asked to mentor graduate teaching assistants and assist with the mandatory multi-week pre-fall semester orientation. Other service responsibilities include preparing professional development workshops, conducting classroom observations, participating in programmatic assessments, etc., as determined by the director or department chair. Instructors are expected to pursue ongoing pedagogical professional development as part of their service activity.
- MA or MFA in English or related field with a GPA of at least 3.5 in hand by June 1, 2021.
- Two years of composition teaching experience.
- Ability to work within an established curricular framework and adapt materials and assignments for particular pedagogical purposes
- Ability to write well and articulate a strong composition teaching philosophy
- Successful experience working with diverse populations
- Successful experience teaching first-year composition to international students
- Experience with programmatic assessment
- Facility with a rhetorical approach to composition
- Experience teaching collaborative writing
- Successful mentoring and/or supervisory experience
- Attention to detail
- MA in rhetoric and composition or writing studies or PhD-level coursework in rhetoric and composition or writing studies
Northern Arizona University has a student population of 22,870, including approximately 19,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.
Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.
While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.
Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.
The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.
For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.
Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.
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$37,895 for contract period
These are Faculty (FAC) positions. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.
Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.
If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.
This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on April 19, 2021.
How to Apply
To apply for this search, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing the announcement through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605220, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.
Application must include:
- Letter of interest (business block style);
- Statement of composition teaching philosophy;
- Evidence of effective teaching (no more than 5 pages);
- Lesson plans for one week of a first-year composition course;
- Transcripts for BA and graduate-level degree(s)/coursework. Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application; official transcripts demonstrating at least MA/MFA degree conferral by June 1, 2021 will be required from hired candidate(s); and
- Current daytime telephone numbers and hours of best contact for three professional references
If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
These positions are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.