Instructors in Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy – Open Pool



Job description

Fort Collins, CO

Posting Number: 201800387F

Position Type: Faculty

Description of Work Unit

The mission of the Department of English is to advance the study and teaching of literature, language, and writing. To accomplish this mission, the Department will provide the basis for a strong liberal arts education focused on critical literacy, critical thinking, and culturally informed interpretive skills. The Department is committed to maintain comprehensive and interdisciplinary English studies curricula for undergraduate majors and graduate students.

Colorado State University, with an enrollment of 30,000, is located in Fort Collins, a growing community of about 160,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, 65 miles north of Denver. The area is noted for its natural beauty, economic vitality, and abundant cultural and recreational activities. Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University (Very High Research Activity). The English Department has a tenure-track faculty of 32, approximately 365 undergraduate majors, and approximately 100 graduate students. We appoint approximately 35 graduate teaching assistants who teach creative and expository writing and English as a second language. Undergraduate concentrations in creative writing; English education; language; literature; and writing, rhetoric, and literacy lead to a B.A. in English. Master of Arts degrees are offered in Creative Nonfiction; English Education; Literature; Writing Rhetoric, and Social Change; and TEFL/TESL. A Master of Fine Arts is offered in creative writing – fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The CSU English department is also home to the Center for Literary Publishing and the prestigious Colorado Review. Visit the English Department website for more information:

Tenure/Tenure Track?

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Position Summary

The Department of English hires Instructors in Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy from an applicant pool. Such instructors are hired based on enrollment. Instructors are responsible for teaching 1-4 sections each semester. Typically, instructors will teach College Composition, and a range of other composition and lower-division English classes. Instructors will be expected to meet departmental objectives for the courses they teach.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

Requirements are an MA or MFA and college teaching experience in English Studies (literature, composition, etc.). PhD or equivalent is required for teaching advanced courses.

Special Instructions to Applicants

How to apply

Applicants may submit materials at any time. For full consideration for Fall 2019, please submit applications by February 18, 2019. For full consideration for Spring 2020, please submit applications by July 15, 2019. The 2019-20 instructor general pool will expire on December 31, 2019. You will need to reapply each year to be added to the following academic year’s instructor general pool. Direct questions to Emily J Morgan at (970) 491-1898 or

Please submit the following required application materials.

  • Only one document (WORDPDF, etc.) can be submitted for each of the following 4 categories:

1. Cover letter: a letter of application that outlines your teaching experience and range of teaching interests, particularly those courses you are interested in teaching at CSU as well as the number of sections you would like to teach. If interested in ESL/International Student sections of composition, in your letter of application please also include a statement of interest and an explanation of your experience and/or professional development in working with English language learners

2. Curriculum vitae: a detailed curriculum vitae

3. Unofficial transcript: documentation of your post-baccalaureate degree (e.g., a photocopy of your diploma; a transcript that notes the degree conferred)

4. Portfolio of Teaching Materials

Four kinds of recent supporting materials are required. Compile all supporting materials into one single document (WORD, Excel, or PDF) that is no larger than 9MB. Upload that file to the Required Documents field, Portfolio. Please limit your portfolio to 20 pages plus course evaluations.

a) written reports of classroom observations and/or recent teaching evaluations

b) syllabi representing the range of courses you are interested in teaching

c) optional teaching philosophy

d) one student paper (with comments) and one page of reflection.

Applicants should demonstrate their knowledge of effective grading practices by providing one graded paper with comments; in no more than one page of reflection, the applicant should explain how formative and summative feedback in the sample paper address course goals.

e) student course evaluations for one class

Contact Information for References

We require two letters of reference that speak to your teaching, addressed to Dr. Louann Reid, Chair, Department of English. You will provide contact information for two references. Upon submission of your application materials, your references will be notified and asked to submit their letter of recommendation.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact
Emily J Morgan 970 491-1898

Your life is an open book, and you can write your own chapter at Colorado State University. This is a place where you can explore your interests in a way that reflects your values and goals. So get ready for an education that’s personal, challenging and relevant. Tap into the spirit of service that unites our campus community. And build a foundation for a future of unlimited possibilities.