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Family Literacy Program

By applying to this posting, you are entering an applicant pool for affiliate faculty. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed. The number of these temporary, part-time, non-tenure track academic positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the program. As such, not everyone in the applicant pool for this position will be contacted and/or selected to teach.

Position Summary

The Family Literacy Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites applications for part-time affiliate faculty teaching positions. The Family Literacy Program has an opening for a part-time Lead ESL instructor to prepare and deliver lessons to adults (up to 19 hours per week). Lead instructors are enthusiastic and flexible and attend professional development workshops and departmental meetings. The position is semester-based and includes classroom instruction and planning time.

For more information about the Department of Family Literacy in our College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, please visit: .

MSU Denver enrolls over 16,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.

  • Provide direct classroom instruction for adults using appropriate ESL curriculum, teaching methods and materials
  • Teach classes at off-site locations in the greater metro area.
  • Foster encouraging and supportive learning environment for students by responding to instructional needs and concerns.
  • Employ student-centric methodologies and approaches and multiple teaching styles
  • Demonstrate curriculum methods and materials to volunteer tutors or teaching aides as needed
  • Work with Family Literacy staff in planning parent enrichment and intergenerational learning activities with families
  • Positively represent the University to community partners and while onsite partner-owned teaching locations
  • Instructors will be expected to pack up and move classroom space as part of their responsibilities.
  • Facilitate registration, orientation, and technology sessions and help administer standardized assessments
  • Attend workshops, trainings and in-services as requested by leadership team
  • Perform record keeping and reporting (data input) responsibilities
  • Work closely with other lead teaching staff regarding curriculum, materials, student goals, testing, and evaluation to ensure program goals are being met
  • Outreach to students as part of the program’s retention strategy
  • Inform students of and uphold school policies
  • Other duties as assigned
An affiliate faculty member’s duties include but are not limited to: teaching assigned classes in person or online by delivering course content to students, preparing course materials and lesson plans, grading student work, providing students with robust feedback in a timely manner, addressing student questions consistent with university, college/school, and department policies, and providing online or in person academic support to students as needed and appropriate for the teaching assignment; providing instruction in assigned classes consistent with the content and learning objectives of the regular course syllabus and, if required, with department course coordination policies; maintaining office hours; and complying with university-wide student evaluation of instruction policies and peer observation policies.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field. If the degree is not in a related field, then a certificate in TESOL (e.g. CELTA or equivalent) is required
  • Current CDE Adult Basic Education Authorization (ABEA) or receipt of certification within two years (Current ABEA Certification preferred)
  • Two to three years’ minimum experience with adult learners
  • Knowledge and practice of current ESL and adult education theory
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Ability to create presentations
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain standards of quality service
  • Ability to lift/carry 20 lbs
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in ESL or related field
  • Fluency in a language other than English (Spanish preferred) or intermediate skills with experience of long-term language study
  • Experience with standard educational assessment tools (CASAS & Best Plus)
  • Proven ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of immigrant, low income, marginalized, and diverse urban populations
Terms of Employment

Affiliate faculty in the Family Literacy Program are part-time, at-will employees hired to teach on a per contact-hour basis for specific classes, usually on a semester-by-semester basis. Affiliate faculty are not eligible for benefit coverage under the University’s benefit program. All such teaching assignments are dependent on budget and enrollment.

Qualified candidates will be expected to teach in person at off-site locations in the greater metro area upon hire.

Salary for Announcement

The salary range for this position is $25 - $30 an hour.

How to Apply

Candidates must apply online through MSU Denver’s career site, . Complete applications will include the following required materials:
  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • A list of two – three professional references and their contact information
Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. ​Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Please submit questions to Robb Gallegos, Adult Education Program Manager, at .

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeTanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.


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