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Assistant Professor of English - Composition Emphasis

Dixie State University
Utah, United States
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2017

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

The Department of English at Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in Composition to begin July 1, 2018. The English department works with all students at DSU in developmental & general education requirements as well as offers a Bachelor's of Arts with four emphases in Creative Writing, English Education, Literary Studies, and Professional & Technical Writing and minors in Creative Writing, English Education, General Education, and Professional & Technical Writing. Additional information about the English department, its faculty and programs is found online at


  • Teach 24 semester hours in developmental English, English composition, and other English courses as needed, hold regular office hours, and regularly teach in the University's General Education curriculum
  • Teach upper division courses such as History and Structure of the English Language, Digital Journal Production, or other classes that fit into the candidate's specialty, as needed by the department
  • Assist in curriculum creation in composition
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as assigned and attend departmental, college, and university meetings as required
  • Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the university's mission, including:
  • Conducting student assessment
  • Mentoring adjuncts
  • Performing service for the college and university
  • Participate in university and departmental student recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Facilitate service learning and engagement with the community
  • Qualifications

    • PhD in English, Rhetoric, or related field by August 2018 from a regionally accredited institution required
    • Additional background in rhetoric and composition, developmental English, the history and structure of the English language, or digital humanities necessary
    • Experience teaching and developing college-level writing curriculum in a variety of forms, such as first-year composition, developmental writing, and new media writing, required (finalists will be required to demonstrate competence via a teaching demonstration)
    • A background that complements existing faculty specialties
    • Ability to employ various communication and teaching technologies
    • Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff, and colleagues, both orally and in writing
    • An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff, and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students
    • Potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service

    Supplemental Information

    Contract:  Full-time (9 month) tenure-track faculty position. Requirements of tenure-track may be reduced by one or two years based on the amount and quality of documented previous tenured experience (see DSU policy 641). Faculty service begins August 2018; salary and benefits begin July 1, 2018. Annual salary of $49,000+, depending on qualifications & experience; additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included. 
    About the University: Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of "active learning, active life" and we seek faculty committed to providing students with an active learning environment. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and easy access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities. The University's Strategic Plan calls for significant expansion into new degree programs and an increase of student enrollment to 12,500 students over the next four years.
    DSU seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University's strong commitment to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender expressions.
    Electronic Application Procedures:  Application review begins November 6, 2017; position open until filled.  Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), unofficial transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) about their teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population. Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.
    DSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University is firmly committed to non-discrimination and affirmative action and it is the policy of the University to strive to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals, regardless of their religion, race, color, age, disability, gender, veterans or disabled veterans status or national origin and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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