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English Faculty SLA

College of Southern Maryland
La Plata, MD

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Position SummaryLocated 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, nestled in a history rich community of southern Maryland, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is twice recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of America’s to 150 community colleges. CSM is among America’s top 100 producers of Minority Associate Degrees in over twenty categories, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

CSM offers excellent health insurance benefits (90% paid by the college); State Retirement Pension plan; wellness programs; Code Green Fridays; early closure Fridays in the summer; college closure for spring break and several major holidays. We are an innovative institution committed to student success and well known for our flexibility to meet student and regional community needs.

CSM’s faculty are highly- skilled and creative; they incorporate the latest teaching approaches and technology into their instructional delivery. Our faculty work closely with students inside and outside of the classroom and serve as advisors to student clubs and more. Our faculty teach face-to-face, online, hybrid, and hy-flex classes always focusing on student engagement and critical thinking.

The English faculty maintain a vibrant program that plays an essential role in CSM’s academic community by satisfying the College’s Written Communication, Information Literacy, Critical Thinking and Cultural and Global Awareness outcomes as well as providing sound education in written communication skills for the majority of degree programs. Faculty provide a commitment to program excellence by supporting and encouraging student success through teaching, assessment, and maintaining active roles across the college community engaging in Writing Across the Curriculum, Connections literary magazine and reading series, Social Justice Day, Global Initiatives Committee, Faculty Innovation Team, and Faculty Senate.

English faculty attend and present at state and national conferences and maintain memberships in TYCA, AFACCT, NCTE, Maryland Community College English Affinity Group, and Maryland Writers Association to name a few. Our faculty are engaged student advisors, club sponsors and create regular opportunities for students to connect with renowned authors, poets and playwrights. CSM faculty are expected to be knowledgeable of learning management systems in addition to face-to-face and innovative technology-based instructional delivery approaches. As such, we are seeking an innovative educator to join our English faculty. English faculty teach courses such as integrated reading and writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Composition & Literature, Composition and Nonfiction Prose, Business and Technical Writing, and various literature courses.

The College of Southern Maryland is an ardent supporter of professional development and offers a robust professional development program for and investment in its faculty. Specific Duties and ResponsibilitiesEnglish/Reading faculty teach a wide range of freshman and sophomore level undergraduate classes. The successful faculty member will teach 15 credit hours per semester and 30 credit hours per academic year of day, evening or weekend classes. Flexibility is required to work in this position as teaching assignments may vary from semester to semester. There may be an opportunity to teach classes in the summer also. Faculty may be assigned to teach on the La Plata campus or any campus or center where CSM offers classes. The faculty member hired in this position is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities to promote student-centered learning and success. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, holding office hours, serving on various committees, and demonstrating a commitment to professional development thorough participating in local, state, regional, and national professional activities and organizations.

  • Teach 30 credits of courses per contract year in the disciplines of English, composition, and developmental reading and writing
  • Teach a range of courses that may include morning, day, evening, weekend or online, in an accelerated format. Opportunities may exist to teach in summer.
  • Design assignments that incorporate students’ program of study and connect to the English discipline
  • Engage students in their learning through active and collaborative learning approaches
  • Meet with students outside of class to assist them with being successful college students
  • Incorporate culturally relevant pedagogies into the teaching and learning process
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret information
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver instruction to diverse student populations, with varied levels of learning and preparation
  • Knowledge and use of student engagement strategies that support completion and student success goals
  • Demonstrated experience providing feedback students can use to improve their performance
  • Experience developing or using Open Education Resource (OER) materials as an instructional tool
  • Maintain an ongoing program of professional development and participate in professional organizations, workshops, seminars, conferences and activities
  • Exhibit emotional control and stability
  • Stress management and coping ability
  • Mastery of appropriate computer operation skills
  • Operate a motor vehicle for travel to other campuses
  • Be an active participant in discipline and curricular goals, planning and assessment
    Minimum Education and Training
  • M.A. in English or closely related field, Required
  • Ph.D. in English, Preferred
  • One year of college-level teaching experience, preferably at the community college level, Preferred.
  • Ability to use word processing, basic internet applications, and basic database navigation
  • Ability to use an educational enterprise, learning management system such as MyLearning to support and facilitate instructional delivery
  • Ability to teach in face-to-face, virtual, web and web-hybrid formats Minimum Qualifications and Standards RequiredAdditional Information:
    Your cover letter, resume, and transcripts are required as part of the application process. Please attach those documents to your application.
    When applying for this position, please be prepared to answer the following statements during the application submission process:
  • Please describe your efforts to establish equity and diversity in the study of English.
  • Please describe your activities that demonstrate a commitment to student success for a diverse population.
  • Please submit a statement of your teaching philosophy.
  • Please submit a statement on your view of the role of English both as a major field of study and as part of students’ General Education distribution. Placement in rank is commensurate with background and experience. Professional development and professional service requirements are determined by rank and documented annually on the faculty development plan. For more information on placement in rank please visit the Pay and Benefits Questions page at:

    College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. The final candidate for this position will be subject to the following background checks: Criminal History Check and Sex Offender Registry Check. This position is open until filled. For best consideration, apply by 11:59 pm, EST on Friday, May 27, 2022. The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    “The College of Southern Maryland values the safety of its students, faculty, and staff. As part of that commitment, the College will require offers of employment extended after December 1, 2021 to be contingent on the candidate providing proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start date of employment. As a new employee, you will be required to comply with this mandate and all the current campus health and safety protocols, including wearing a mask.”
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    Working at College of Southern Maryland

    The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college with a far-reaching mission — to help our students and community meet the challenges of individual, social, and global changes.

    CSM is a thriving, progressive, and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support. That commitment is reflected in those we serve. More than 60 percent of tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions come to CSM.

    The staff and faculty at CSM work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM is a leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of our students, including weekend and evening online classes, and Web-hybrid courses which offer a mix of online and traditional classroom face-to-face instruction. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional, and self-enrichment pursuits.

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