Assistant Professor of English

University of Bridgeport
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 18, 2023

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.
Other Functions :
  • 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 continuous improvement.
  • 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 academic community.
  • 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 faculty.
  • Perform similar or related work as required or directed or as situation dictates.
  • Assist other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.
Knowledge, Ability, and Skill :
  • 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.
Minimum Required Qualifications :

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 environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities effectively.
  • 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).
Application Materials:
  • Cover letter detailing your teaching philosophy and approach to First-Year Composition.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) highlighting relevant education, teaching experience, and scholarly activities.
Full-Time Employee Benefits:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • 401k employer match
  • Employee & dependent life insurance
  • Great tuition benefits for employee, spouse & dependents
  • PTO program
  • Flexible work schedules / work from home opportunities
(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 job change.)

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