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Assistant Professor of English: Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literatures/African American Literatures

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Assistant Professor of English: Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literatures/African American Literatures

Position Category: Faculty
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: .75 (Full-time)
Location: Thousand Oaks

University Background:
The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person’s dignity.

Basic Function:
The English Department at California Lutheran University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in multi-ethnic U.S. literatures, with special attention to African American literatures. Candidates with additional expertise in fiction writing and the teaching of fiction are especially welcome.Desirable candidates' areas of expertise may be in literature(s) from any U.S. time periods/regions, and may draw upon any theoretical approach(es), including critical race studies, post-colonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, diaspora studies, and/or multi-ethnic U.S. literatures. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD (or ABD) in a relevant field and show a strong record of scholarly and/or creative achievement or promise.

We especially seek candidates with experience working with students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds and educational attainment, including first-generation and/or immigrant students, and who can demonstrate culturally-responsive and relevant pedagogy and a record of commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity in education through writing, teaching, and/or advocacy. Language proficiency in Spanish is beneficial.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to propose and develop new courses in the English Department as well as potentially within CLU's new Race and Ethnic Studies major and/or in the University Honors Program. A candidate with experience in writing and teaching fiction will have the opportunity to provide leadership in the Department's creative writing initiatives on campus, which include shaping the new creative writing minor, our award-winning literary arts magazine Morning Glory, and our Guest Writers Series, which connects the campus and community by bringing local and regional writers to campus for readings and workshops.Position duties include teaching 3 undergraduate courses (12 units) per semester in African American Literature, first-year Critical Reading and Writing, and other courses in writing and literature as needed and available, and participating in the regular functioning of the English Department. University service commitments and student mentoring/advising are expected of all faculty.The successful candidate will join a devoted English Department of 10 full-time faculty and 10-12 part-time faculty who teach courses in writing and literature that serve the general education requirements for all traditional undergraduates and approximately 60 majors and minors. We offer a traditional literature major, a major with a writing concentration, and minors in creative writing and TESOL.

Under the direction of the Dean and the Department Chair the Assistant Professor is responsible for providing academic instruction to students for the assigned undergraduate courses. The Assistant Professor is to serve as an academic advisor to students; serve on faculty or university committees; and engage in scholarly activities, and/or creative endeavors which contribute to the academic mission of the University, as outlined in the faculty handbook.

Representative Duties:
• Provide academic instruction to students through lecture, lab, or performance courses. Create assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings for development of cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students. E
• Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E
• Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner. E
• Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and University meetings. E
• Performs related duties as assigned.

E=Essential Duties

Knowledge Of:
• Current theory and practice within the subject discipline
• Principles and best practices of effective teaching
• Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment
• University curricula
• Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students
• Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data
• Modern computing technology
• Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability To:
• Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline
• Deliver course curricula in various learning styles
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, and ethnic background of University students
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities.
• Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience
• Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
• Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline

Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in a relevant field
ABD accepted and would come in at the rank of Instructor

Preferred Qualifications:

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Physical Abilities:

Working Environment:
Indoor classroom environment; seated for extended periods of time; subject to visiting a variety of classroom sites on campus.

Posting Number: Faculty000652020
Number of Vacancies:
Desired Start Date: 08/21/2023
Position End Date:
Open Date: 08/15/2022
Close Date: 10/31/2022
Open Until Filled: No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions:
Please include the following with your application:
  1. Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications of the position and how you are prepared to support the HSI designation of Cal Lutheran and adapt to the needs of underrepresented and first-generation students;
  2. Curriculum vitae/resume;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses your experience and/or motivation to teach and mentor a combination of traditional, underrepresented and first-generation students; and
  4. Statement of research and any other scholarly/creative activities pertinent to your professional identity.

Please direct questions to Dr. Allison Wee, Chair of the English Department and search committee [email protected])Application is due October 16, 2022. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 17.

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California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

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