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Adjunct Faculty, English and Literary Arts

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA

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The Department of English and Literary Arts has approximately 20 full-time faculty members, 30-40 full-time graduate students, and approximately 200 majors. The graduate program offers both an MA and a PhD, and the undergraduate major has concentrations in Literary Studies and Creative Writing. The department houses one of the country's oldest and most prestigious literary journals, The Denver Quarterly.

The DU College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences is committed to addressing systemic racism within our institution and participating in the shared responsibility of fostering a community of excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity, and inclusiveness. We see first-hand the educational, artistic, and scholarly benefits of creating and maintaining an accessible and equitable experience for all in our college, priorities that strengthen our academic community of learners, knowledge makers, and creative artists. As such, we strive to comprise a student body and faculty and staff that represent diverse peoples and perspectives, and to offer curriculum and skills that help prepare students for ethical and engaged citizenship in todays global society. Our intentional commitment to advance equity and inclusion remains critical to CAHSS's mission of providing a robust liberal and creative arts education in service to the larger public good.

Position Summary

Teaching one common curriculum Literary Inquiry course in the Department of English and Literary during the Fall 2021 Quarter.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching a 4-credit common curriculum English course to undergraduate students.
  • Developing and managing the class syllabus and ensuring that the syllabus as well as the class meets department and college standards.
  • Holding regularly scheduled office hours to meet with students.
  • Grading assigned papers, quizzes, and exams.
  • Assessing grades for students based on participation, performance in class, assignments, and examinations.
  • Reporting student learning outcomes, class reviews, and analyzing student data.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations.

    Required Qualifications

    • PhD candidacy (ABD) in English.
    • Previously taught literary studies or creative writing at the university level.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Completion of PhD in English within the last five years.

    Course Rate

    Adjunct faculty are compensated at a rate of $4,233 per course.

    The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.


    The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

    Application Deadline

    For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Wednesday June 30, 2021.

    Special Instructions

    Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

    Please include the following documents with your application:

    1. CV
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Teaching Philosophy Statement
    4. Sample Syllabi

    The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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