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Teaching Assistant Professor of English

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
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Position Information: DescriptionThe Department of English at the University of North Dakota is seeking a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor to teach first-year writing, beginning August 16, 2022. This is a 9-month non-tenure track position, contingent upon the availability of funding.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public-school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & ResponsibilitiesWith a Composition Program that supports a high-impact educational experience for all UND undergraduates, we seek candidates with academic knowledge of the teaching of writing, recent experience teaching composition at the undergraduate level, and evidence of effective teaching and thoughtful engagement with student learning.

This Teaching Assistant Professor will teach four face-to-face sections on the UND campus each semester in the 2022-23 academic year. The successful candidate will have a Master's Degree in English, experience teaching College Composition, and will teach the following courses offered by UND's Composition Program: English 110 (an introduction to academic writing, reading, and critical thinking) and English 130 (a research writing course that highlights audience and purpose as students write for public audiences). As part of the composition program, this instructor will work closely with the directors of composition and the department’s office manager to meet programmatic goals and university requirements.

Minimum Requirements
    Master's Degree in English by August 15, 2022.Recent experience teaching College Composition.Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment. Official transcripts from the highest educational institution must be provided upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications
    Evidence of effective teaching and commitment to active, individualized student learning, including an emphasis on writing as revision and student conferences.Demonstrated effectiveness in responsible course management: meeting deadlines and program requirements; effective communication with students and program administrators; punctual evaluation of student work.Academic knowledge of Composition Studies, including an understanding of rhetorical approaches to the teaching of writing. Familiarity with Graff and Birkenstein’s They Say/I Say is desirable.Effective experience teaching composition using complex, non-literary academic readings.Effective experience teaching academic research writing, with emphasis on teaching information literacy and effective use of library resources.
Minimum Hiring Salary$42,500, Full-time, Benefited, Exempt

Contract Period/Start DateAugust 16, 2022 – May 15, 2023

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by June 15, 2022 and include the following materials:

    A letter outlining minimum and preferred qualifications and addressing applicant's philosophy of teaching Composition.Current résumé or CV.

Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Lori Robison, at [email protected].

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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