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English Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty

Harper College
Palatine, IL

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Arts & Humanities, English Literature & Composition
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

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Schedule Information Ours is a 4/4 load consisting chiefly of composition courses: ENG094, 095, 096, 101, and 102. Weeks per fiscal year Faculty are covered under a 9-month contract period (August thru May)Benefits Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick and Holiday pay; Personal Business;
Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional ExpensePosition Description and Duties

Harper College is one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 30,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs. In 2022, Harper also received the distinction of being recognized as a Top 25 semifinalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The English Department at Harper College, a two-year institution located 20 miles northwest of Chicago, seeks a faculty member for a full-time, tenure track position. The English Department is large and dynamic, with varied interests. Our students come to us from countries around the world, a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds, and every level of academic preparedness.

Candidates should possess expertise in Composition and Rhetoric as well as curriculum development. Additionally, candidates should exhibit a writing pedagogy that is responsive to students’ varying skill levels and a mastery of strategies that foster an inclusive, supportive, and engaging classroom environment in any modality (face-to-face, blended, hybrid, or online).

The successful candidate will have a 4/4 load, consisting chiefly of Developmental Writing classes (ENG094/095/096) and Composition courses (ENG101/102). The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to teach Humanities, Literature, Honors Program, and Learning Community courses. In addition to teaching 12 contact hours per semester, a full-time English faculty member: serves on departmental, divisional, and institutional committees; holds six office hours per week (four of which must be on campus); and pursues professional development opportunities related to their discipline and pedagogy.

We seek a full-time colleague to begin in August, 2024.

Educational Requirements The strongest candidates will, by the time of employment, have one of the following: MA in English or Rhetoric/Composition; MFA in Creative Writing; PhD in English, Literature, or Rhetoric/Composition.Experience Requirements Two years college-level teaching experience is required with two years of community college teaching experience strongly preferred.Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled, though priority will be given to applications received on or before November 15, 2023

Special Notes:

You must submit 3 letters of recommendation with your initial application. We respectfully request that the letters focus on one or more of the following:

1. Your teaching ability

2. Your cultural competence

3. Your ongoing professional development

*You will not be able to complete the application without attaching the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume (Does not substitute for completed application)
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from Regionally accredited institutions
  • A one page single-spaced statement of your teaching philosophy. In your teaching philosophy, please include how you approach classroom management, how you assess students, and how you use instructional technology.

* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.


Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

harper_college1.gifAnnually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

harper_college2.jpgBenefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.

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