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Instructor of English

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 2, 2024

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

Instructor of English

Job no: 533745

Work type: Faculty - Career

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: English, Instruction

Department: CAS English
Rank: Instructor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Review of Applications Begins

May 13, 2024; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please complete an application, uploading a CV and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please highlight previous activities in teaching, mentoring, and/or supporting individuals from marginalized or underrepresented groups that have prepared you to contribute to UO's goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in and inclusive and equitable environment.

Department Summary

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body and raised average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO's 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

The Composition Program is one of the largest units on campus, serving approximately 7,000 students per year. Career Instructors and graduate student teachers in the program represent a range of teaching and research backgrounds that include culturally responsive pedagogy, social justice, critical race theory, universal design, environmental studies, critical pedagogy, digital humanities, visual culture/media studies, and writing studies. Our teachers are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of professional development opportunities and some funding exists to support these endeavors. Composition Program faculty are campus leaders in pedagogical innovation and teaching-centered research.

We seek candidates who can demonstrate their teaching excellence through multiple forms of evidence. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Position Summary

The University of Oregon's English Department invites applications for Career Instructor in English to teach in the Composition Program beginning September 16, 2024. Successful applicants will join a vibrant teaching community of career instructors and graduate student teachers who have many opportunities for professional development and participation in program development. We seek candidates specializing in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely related field.

Competitive applicants will have the training and recent full-time experience teaching college-level academic, expository, and/or argumentative writing, and whose pedagogy demonstrates a clear commitment to culturally responsive and anti-oppressive teaching practices. The course load is 3 per term, totaling 9 courses per year, teaching primarily in the lower division writing courses: WR 121x (Written Reasoning as Discovery and Inquiry), WR 122x (Written Reasoning as a Process of Argument), and WR 123x (Written Reasoning in the Context of Research). Typical enrollment in Composition Program courses ranges from 23 to 25 students per course. Depending on training, experience, and departmental needs, some Career Instructors may be asked to teach in other areas or in upper-division WR courses. All teaching positions in English involve student advising, departmental service, and participation in program assessment.

This is a non-tenure-track, nine-month position at 1.0 FTE. This position is a public employee of the state of Oregon and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement between the university and United Academics of the University of Oregon (AFT Local 3209). Additional information about English Department governance, career faculty professional responsibilities, and evaluation processes can be found here: Career Instructors are eligible for promotion to Senior Instructor after 18 terms of teaching. The salary floor is $52,000 and will be commensurate with experience. The University of Oregon offers a competitive benefits package.

Minimum Requirements

  • M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely related field.
  • Previous training and recent evidence of teaching excellence in college-level academic, expository, and/or argumentative reading and writing to first-year students.

    Professional Competencies

  • Ability to provide inclusive, engaged, and research-led/informed teaching at the college level.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work effectively with a diverse range of students and colleagues, including those from historically marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting and enhancing an inclusive and collaborative learning and working environment.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in an educational context.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of composition and writing studies through teaching record, scholarship, and/or professional service.
  • Track record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in applicant's pedagogy and teaching practices.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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