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Faculty Careers - English Literature and Composition
The Department of Language, Literature and Writing at Messiah University invites applications for a full-time one-year faculty position as Lecturer in English beginning August 2022. The department seeks a dynamic educator to teach first-year writing and professional writing courses and to serve as the Director of Writing.
Teach a 3-3 load primarily of first-year courses, which focus on writing, reading, critical thinking, and information literacy, as well as professional writing courses, such as Introduction to Professional Writing, Writing for Social Change, and Magazine Writing.
Serve as Director of Writing: chair the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, which plans educator development and resources best practices for writing instruction; serve on the General Education Committee; provide individual and group professional development for new and continued writing instructors; and work collaboratively with the Director of the Writing Center and Director of First-Year Courses to support instruction and support for student writing. This work is equivalent to one course per semester.
Create and maintain course sections in Canvas LMS.
Design and grade assessments of student learning.
Respond to students in a timely manner via weekly office hours and email.
Attend bi-monthly department meetings.
Contribute to the mission of the department and university.
Qualifications: Minimum of a Master’s degree in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or closely related field is required. Previous experience teaching university-level composition is required. Experience administering a university Writing Program is preferred. Candidates must evidence the potential for strong classroom teaching and positive student interaction and mentorship. Messiah University selects its educators for their Christian commitment as well as their proven teaching ability.
The Program: The English program at Messiah University assists students in studying a wide array of written texts using a variety of critical thinking and writing skills to help them become perceptive readers, insightful thinkers, and responsible writers. Professors encourage students to develop perspectives on the relationship of Christian faith to all aspects of literary and writing studies. Our English curriculum offers a comprehensive education in literature, theory, creative writing and professional writing.
The Department: The Department of Language, Literature and Writing is a community of faculty and students who pursue the call to creative thought, engaged discussion, perceptive reading and responsible writing as tools for the future. The department includes 9 full-time faculty members: 5 in English, 3 in Spanish, and 1 in Chinese Studies. Faculty pursue scholarship and professional interests in literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, professional writing, language studies, linguistics, cultural studies, pedagogy, and the integration of Christian faith and scholarship.
The University: Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of 2,500 undergraduate students including 17.7% under-represented and 3.0% international students from 24 countries and over 700 graduate students including 22.1% of students from under-represented populations.
The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah University is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.
Diversity: Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their teaching-learning, research, institutional service, and public engagement.
Compensation: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications and Nominations: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a current curriculum vitae or resume as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah University, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society."
Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publication, recitals, showings), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.
Please apply via the following link: https://jobs.messiah.edu/postings/21925
Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.