The mission of The University of Bridgeport is to promote
academic excellence, personal responsibility, and commitment to
service. Distinctive curricula in an international, culturally
diverse supportive learning environment prepare graduates for life
and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.
Position Description Summary/Purpose :
The University of Bridgeport is seeking a dedicated and passionate
full-time faculty member to join our English department as a
specialist in First-Year Composition. This role involves teaching,
curriculum development, student engagement, and contributing to the
overall academic environment. The successful candidate will have a
strong background in composition theory and pedagogy, excellent
communication skills, and a commitment to fostering students'
critical thinking and writing abilities.
This is a full-time non-tenure track 12 month contracted
position slated to begin Summer 2024.
Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :
(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended
only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be
performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not
exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a
logical assignment to the position.)
- Teaching: Deliver engaging and effective First-Year Composition
courses to undergraduate students, focusing on developing their
writing, critical thinking, and communication skills. Create a
supportive and inclusive classroom environment that encourages
active student participation and collaboration.
- Curriculum Development: Collaborate with the English department
to design, update, and refine the First-Year Composition curriculum
and enhance the growth and development of the first-year
curriculum. Stay informed about current trends and research in
composition theory, pedagogy, and assessment to ensure the
curriculum remains relevant and effective.
- Student Engagement: Provide regular feedback on students'
writing, offering constructive criticism and guidance for
improvement. Hold office hours and provide additional support to
students who need extra assistance. Foster a mentorship role in
guiding students toward their academic and personal goals.
- Assessment and Feedback: Develop and implement assessment
strategies to measure student learning outcomes effectively.
Utilize various assessment methods, such as written assignments,
presentations, peer reviews, and exams, to evaluate students'
writing and critical thinking abilities.
- Conduct all work in a safe manner and ensure that all work
safety practices are followed.
Knowledge, Ability, and Skill :
- Professional Development: Stay current with advancements in
composition studies, educational technology, and teaching
methodologies. Attend workshops, conferences, and seminars to
enhance your teaching skills and contribute to the department's
- Service and Collaboration: Participate in departmental
meetings, committees, and other collaborative activities.
Contribute to the department's initiatives, such as program review,
accreditation processes, and academic advisement.
- Research and Scholarship: Engage in scholarly activities
related to composition studies, which may include publishing
articles, presenting at conferences, and contributing to
educational literature. Share your expertise with the wider
- Community Involvement: Foster a sense of community within the
First-Year Composition program by organizing events, workshops, and
writing-related activities that engage both students and
- Perform similar or related work as required or directed or as
- Assist other department staff as needed to promote a team
Minimum Required Qualifications :
- Demonstrated commitment to developing and fostering best
practices and policies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion,
and build an environment in which all members of the University
community are treated with respect and dignity.
Education, Training and Experience :
- A terminal degree (Ph.D. or M.F.A.) in English, Composition and
Rhetoric, or a related field preferred, Masters required.
- Demonstrated experience teaching First-Year Composition courses
at the college level. Additional experience in first-year
curriculum or first-year experience courses is preferred.
Special Requirements :
- A strong foundation in composition theory and pedagogy.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- A commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple
- Proficiency in using technology for teaching and learning,
including learning management systems and digital tools.
- A record of scholarly activities (publications, presentations,
etc.) in the field of composition studies (preferred).
Full-Time Employee Benefits:
- Cover letter detailing your teaching philosophy and approach to
- Curriculum vitae (CV) highlighting relevant education, teaching
experience, and scholarly activities.
(This job description does not constitute an employment
agreement between The University of Bridgeport and employee. It is
used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by
the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the
- Medical Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Pet Insurance
- 401k employer match
- Employee & dependent life insurance
- Great tuition benefits for employee, spouse &
- PTO program
- Flexible work schedules / work from home opportunities