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Instructor/Assistant Professor of Writing

Kenai Peninsula College
Soldotna, Alaska
Salary based on education and experience and includes full benefits & tuition waivers.
Date posted
Oct 16, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Kenai Peninsula College invites applications for a 1.5 year Term Instructor/Assistant Professor of Writing faculty position located at its Kenai River Campus effective January 2024 (August 2024 negotiable). We are looking for a colleague who loves working with developmental, first- and second-year students. This position accommodates a schedule with options to teach day, evening, in-person, hybrid, and online classes and also mentor students in the field of writing. Part of your workload will be to provide community and/or university/college service related to the KPC Writing Department with the possibility of serving in the KPC Writing Lab as needed.

To thrive in this role, you must have professional interpersonal and communication skills to work in an environment involving a variety of cultures, backgrounds and age levels. You need to have experience teaching college writing to various student populations (first-year, dual-enrolled, English language learners, and/or underrepresented or rural student populations: non-traditional, first-generation, 1.5 generation, veterans, learning-disabled, immigrant, multilingual) using innovative student-centered teaching practices, current teaching technologies, learning management systems (such as blackboard) and distance delivery methodology. You will be a productive member of a small faculty department, taking on diverse tasks such as mentoring students, committee memberships and community service, including involvement in other professional and/or academic organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:
At the Instructor level you will need a Master's degree in English, Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, or other discipline related to the teaching of writing.

At the Assistant Professor level you will need a terminal degree (PhD or MFA) in English, Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, or other discipline related to the teaching of writing.

Preferred qualifications include teaching online, using technical writing in teaching or in the field, teaching composition and rhetoric at the 100 and 200 level, and working in writing programs with dual enrollment opportunities for high school students or other institutional initiatives.

Position Details:
This is a full-time, term, 9-month, faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. Salary based upon level of academic appointment, applicable academic preparation and experience.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date: November 10, 2023, 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Please submit your online application and electronically attach a cover letter, a comprehensive vitae, *unofficial transcripts, three (3) professional references, and a philosophy of teaching statement as related to the teaching of composition.

*Successful applicants must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.

Zoom interviews will include a question and answer session, a 15-minute zoom presentation showcasing a Writing portfolio and a 15-minute zoom teaching presentation pertaining to a 100/200 Writing related topic typically delivered in a classroom.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

We especially encourage applications from candidates who understand the diversity present in Alaska, our local community and student body, and who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures.

SUMMARY: Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) is a campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. This position will be located at the Kenai River Campus situated on 309 acres along the banks of the beautiful Kenai River, the ancestral homelands of the Dena'ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Eyak peoples. The area is known for its wildlife splendor, mountain viewscapes, world-class fishing and hunting, hiking, canoe trails and winter outdoor adventure. And yet, Anchorage, Alaska's largest city is just a 2.5-hour drive or 20-minute flight away.

We honor diverse experiences and perspectives - including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status-and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect.


This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process.

If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

 If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Marci Lea, HR Coordinator, at or 907.262.0318.

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