Writing Adjunct Professor
Woodbury University invites applications for a part-time Adjunct Faculty to join the College of Liberal Arts. This position will teach and develop outreach for the Writing Department. The position begins August 2021.
Compensation is commensurate with teaching experience, professional background, and the degrees held. The possibility of a one-year contract renewal is contingent upon satisfying teaching and outreach duties that meaningfully engage the university community in creative writing, community networks, and social justice awareness.
This appointment is for part-time employment and includes eligibility to participate in medical plans, 403(b) supplemental plan, and access to the tuition-remission benefit on a proportional basis. Eligibility is after 30 days of service on the first of the following month.
The Writing Department and the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA)
In a rapidly changing world, The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) at Woodbury University is committed to providing students with the skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them succeed and thrive. In collaboration with CoLA and as part of the Writing Department, the Professional Writing Program helps students develop their creative and professional voices while introducing them to the technologies and work environments that help them earn a living doing what they love. Also, within CoLA and the Writing Department is MORIA, a national literary magazine with an all-student editorial board. MORIA reviews submissions of poetry, stories, and essays from emerging and established writers. The undergraduates who serve as editors and managers of the magazine participate in a Professional Writing course, MORIA Literary Magazine, where they learn the fundamentals of producing an online literary journal with a professional focus.
Information on the program can be found at the link(s) below:
- Teach a course(s): Prose Writing and Racial Imaginary during Fall 2021 semester. MORIA Literary Magazine during the Spring 2022 semester.
- The candidate also performs outreach duties, equivalent to
teaching a course, each semester. Outreach duties consist of:
- Participating in the One Text One Community program
- Collaborating with Black Intellectual Groundworks (BIG)
- Working with Admissions and Marketing to promote the Professional Writing Program
- Assisting with CoLA events related to writing
- Undertaking special projects that reflect the expertise of the adjunct professor and are of value to the Writing Department and CoLA.
- Syllabus and class preparation
- Instruction during scheduled course times
- Availability to students for consultation and assistance as needed outside of class
- Evaluation of student performance (e.g., grading papers, exams, projects, juries)
- Regular evaluation of students’ work, including prompt communication of performance on assignments
- Submission of final grades to the Registrar’s Office, which is currently completed via Woodbury University Self- Service
We ask all faculty members to assess students’ work early and often with a minimum of three written assessments for the semester. Your class may be designated as a Core Competency assessment course, in which case you will be required to submit course work and align your content with University rubrics. You may also need to meet periodically with your supervisor during the academic term regarding matters related to your employment.
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and an engagement with the literary communities of the Los Angeles area.
- Successful candidates are expected to have a Master’s degree or higher in a field relevant to the teaching of writing.
- At least two years’ experience teaching at an accredited college or university.
- The ideal candidate will have produced a body of work that includes publications of prose and fiction and reflects a deep commitment to portraying and examining diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Experience managing class rosters, attendance, timely grading of assignments.
- Able to provide critical, informed, and creative feedback to students.
Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Submissions should include:
- A letter of interest outlining relevant teaching and professional experience
- A diversity statement (1 page, maximum)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two or more writing samples (cumulatively not to exceed 20 pages)
- A list of references with contact information.
All application materials must be submitted through the Woodbury University Job Board. Email applications and submissions on third party platforms will not be considered.
The university values diversity, equity, and inclusiveness as an essential part of an experience-centered education. This commitment to celebrate the unique perspectives, contributions and backgrounds of each individual is part of our DNA, with students from over 40 countries providing an exciting atmosphere that reflects the cultural diversity of Southern California. The university is also a Hispanic Serving Institution with an undergraduate enrollment of 1,117 students, of which 68% are students of color. The university’s beautiful 22-acre campus and small class sizes attract students who are eager to engage in personal, communal, and practice-based learning. The university’s location also provides significant opportunity to partner with community organizations and stakeholders engaged with diverse populations and issues of environmental justice.
Woodbury University is dedicated to celebrating diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs. All employment decisions for all job classifications will be made on the basis of such factors as education, character, ability, skill and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, genetic information, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or any other protected status.