Assistant Professor of English, Tenure Track (2 Positions Available)

Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Nov 05, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Date: November 5, 2020

Title: Assistant Professor of English, Tenure Track (2 Positions Available)              

Position Number: 1090                 

Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)

Compensation: $59,941 (Master’s Degree), $65,241 (Ph.D.)

                                Reflects Fall 2021 negotiated salary.

Start Date: Fall 2021

Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Arts & Science

Closing date: December 9, 2020



GRCC is seeking faculty who possess an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability; engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large. 


Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as associated with the School of Arts and Sciences and GRCC as a whole.  In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communication skills, collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines.  In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values. 


Essential Functions

  • Teach GRCC course offerings in English, primarily Composition and Literature
  • Develop and implement teaching methods that employ interactive learning and integrate current instructional technology.
  • Participate fully as a member of the English Department in such activities as department meetings, curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, course revision work, committee membership, textbook selection, community outreach and other duties as determined by the College.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring for adjuncts as needed or requested by the department.
  • Assist the Department Head in the evaluation and revision of existing courses and the development of new courses.
  • Advise students and perform other tasks normally expected of faculty members.
  • Engage in professional development activities and maintain expertise in the field of English Composition.





  • Master’s degree in English or a Master’s degree in a closely related field with 18 graduate credits in English required.
  • PhD in English, Composition/Rhetoric, or other closely related field in the discipline of English preferred.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of two years full-time teaching experience in English at the college or university level required; the equivalent part-time or adjunct teaching time will be considered as having met the minimum.
  • Community college teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience teaching or ability to teach introductory Literature courses
  • Experience working with non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds and with varying academic skills.
  • Experience working with a variety of learning methodologies.
  • Ability to respond dynamically to and engage practices in the evolving field of Composition


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities required

  • Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position


Physical Demands

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.


Mental Demands

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.
  • A commitment to serve the Kent County community.
  • Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.
  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner.


Working Conditions

  • Classroom environment in an academic setting.
  • Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.
  • Faculty assignment may include travel to offsite locations.


Method of application

To apply for this position, please visit our website at  Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position.  Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and three professional reference letters for full consideration.  The opportunity to apply for this position will close on December 9, 2020.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.


Grand Rapids Community College is committed to a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment.  GRCC creates an including learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person.  It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, height, weight, national origin, disability, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by stated and federal law.  Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Mi 49503-3295.