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Assistant/Associate Professor of Writing

Kenai Peninsula College
Soldotna, Alaska
Salary based on education and experience and includes full benefits and tuition waivers.
Date posted
Nov 3, 2023

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

Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Writing. We are looking for a colleague who loves working with first- and second-year students including KPC’s dual enrollment and Jump Start Program courses. This position supports the University of Alaska bipartite mission which includes a 5-part workload with four parts teaching and one part university/community service. This position accommodates a schedule with options to teach day, evening, in-person, hybrid, and online classes.

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 a wide variety of student populations 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: You will need a terminal degree (PhD or MFA) in Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, English, or other discipline related to the teaching of writing, completed by the employment start date in August of 2024. PhD in Composition and Rhetoric preferred.

Experience teaching college writing to first-year, dual-enrolled, English language learners, and/or underrepresented or rural student populations (e.g. non-traditional, first-generation, 1.5 generation, veterans, learning-disabled, immigrant, multilingual).

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, 9-month, tenure-track 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 of December 15, 2023, 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time. The search committee may choose to leave the position open but has the option to close it at any time after the review date.

Please submit your online application and electronically attach a cover letter, 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.

KPC will conduct the first set of interviews on zoom. Candidates moving to in-person interviews will participate in a question and answer session, provide a 15-minute presentation showcasing a writing portfolio and a 15-minute teaching presentation pertaining to a 100- and 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.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

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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