Instructor Opening in Linguistics for Spring 2018


Department of English

POSITIONS: The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications for a non-tenure-track Instructor of Linguistics. We seek an excellent teacher with expertise in Linguistics to contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs. Initially, the position includes teaching one class a semester. This is a non-tenure-track position with the appointment to begin January 1, 2018.


 PhD in Linguistics or related field (e.g., Applied Linguistics, TEFL)

 Evidence of teaching excellence at the post-secondary level in the US and/or abroad

 Evidence of expertise in areas of teaching duties

 Fluent or near-fluent English skills


Initially, the successful applicant will teach one course per semester in undergraduate linguistics (e.g., Phonology, Morphology, Lexis; Syntax and Semantics; Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis) or graduate level English linguistics (e.g., Syntax for ESL/EFL; Phonology/Morphology for ESL/EFL), or graduate elective courses within the candidate’s expertise. Depending on funding and program need, additional courses may be available at a later time for candidates with the ability to teach courses in College Composition, and a range of other composition and lower-division English classes. Instructors will be expected to meet departmental objectives for the courses they teach.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Terms of Employment

The successful candidate will be hired with a one-year, renewable contract. Salary is commensurate with background and experience.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

 Please submit electronically a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial graduate transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and enter the name and contact information for two references. Upon submission of your application materials, your references will be notified and asked to submit their letter of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications must be postmarked by August 15, 2017.

To view a full position announcement and submit an application electronically, please visit: Hard copy applications cannot be accepted.

Routine inquiries should be directed to Sue Russell at (970) 491-1898 or

Semifinalist candidates will be interviewed via video conferencing. Based on those interviews, we will then bring finalists to campus. This is a regional search. Travel expenses for interviews will be limited to a maximum of $350 per candidate. Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of English.

 General Information

Colorado State University, with an enrollment of about 30,000, is located in Fort Collins, a growing community of close to 150,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, 65 miles north of Denver. The area is noted for its natural beauty, economic vitality, and abundant cultural and recreational activities.

 Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University (Very High Research Activity). The English Department has a tenure-track faculty of 32, approximately 379 undergraduate majors, and approximately 110 graduate students. We appoint approximately 35 graduate teaching assistants who teach creative and expository writing and English as a second language. Undergraduate concentrations in creative writing, English Education, language, literature, and writing lead to a B.A. in English. Master of Arts degrees are offered in Creative Nonfiction; English Education; Literature; Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy; and TEFL/TESL.  The Master of Fine Arts program offers degrees in fiction and poetry. The CSU English department is also home to the Center for Literary Publishing and the Colorado Review. More information on the English department and the Composition Program is available at: and

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy, and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers, and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract, and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.