Position Announcement: Instructors in Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy


Department of English


Positions are available for 2018-19, for Instructors in Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy


  • MA or MFA required
  • College teaching experience in English Studies (literature, composition, etc.) required
  • A PhD or equivalent is prerequisite for teaching advanced courses



The teaching load for instructors is 1-4 sections each semester. Typically, instructors will teach 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.

Terms of employment: Instructors will be hired on a semester-to-semester or year-long basis. Salary is commensurate with background and experience.

Applicants may submit materials at any time. For full consideration for Fall 2018, please submit applications by February 19, 2018. For full consideration for Spring 2019, please submit applications by July 16, 2018. The 2018-19 instructor general pool will expire on December 31, 2018. You will need to reapply each year to be added to the following academic year’s instructor general pool. Until July 31, 2018, direct questions to Sue Russell at (970) 491-1898 or Sue.Russell@colostate.edu and then to Lillian Nugent at (970) 491-6429 or Lillian.Nugen@colostate.edu.

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

Please submit the following required application materials to http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/52639.

*Only one document (WORD, PDF, etc.) can be submitted for each of the following 4 categories:

  1. Cover letter: a letter of application that outlines your teaching experience and range of teaching interests, particularly those courses you are interested in teaching at CSU as well as the number of sections you would like to teach. If interested in ESL/International Student sections of composition, in your letter of application please also include a statement of interest and an explanation of your experience and/or professional development in working with English language learners
  2. Curriculum vitae: a detailed curriculum vitae
  3. Unofficial transcript: documentation of your post-baccalaureate degree (e.g., a photocopy of your diploma; a transcript that notes the degree conferred)
  4. Portfolio of Teaching Materials

Four kinds of recent supporting materials are required. Compile all supporting materials into one single document (WORD, Excel, or PDF) that is no larger than 9MB. Upload that file to the Required Documents field, Portfolio. Please limit your portfolio to 20 pages plus course evaluations.

  1. written reports of classroom observations and/or recent teaching evaluation
  2. syllabi representing the range of courses you are interested in teaching
  3. optional teaching philosophy
  4. one student paper (with comments) and one page of reflection.

Applicants should demonstrate their knowledge of effective grading practices by providing one graded paper with comments; in no more than one page of reflection, the applicant should explain how formative and summative feedback in the sample paper address course goals.

  1. student course evaluations for one class


Contact Information for References

We require two letters of reference that speak to your teaching, addressed to Dr. Louann Reid, Chair, Department of English. You will provide contact information for two references. Upon submission of your application materials, your references will be notified and asked to submit their letter of recommendation. 


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 30, approximately 365 undergraduate majors, and approximately 95 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; Rhetoric and Composition; 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 is available at: http://english.colostate.edu/.

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.

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.