Assistant Professor - Literature and Fiction

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Assistant Professor - Literature and Fiction


Position Title
Assistant Professor - Literature and Fiction
Position Category
Faculty
FLSA
Exempt
Position Status
Tenure-Track
FTE
.75
Location
Thousand Oaks

University Background
The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person's dignity.

Basic Function
The English Department at California Lutheran University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Literature: One position in U.S. Latina/o/x Literatures, and one in African American and Black Diaspora Literatures or related field.

One of these two positions (either one) will be combined with Fiction Writing. The Fiction writer will have their MFA; and candidate without Fiction writing will require a PhD (or ABD).

Interested candidates in either both positions should possess expertise in one or more of the following: Literature of the Americas, Indigenous Literatures, critical approaches to literature including critical race studies/theory, gender and sexuality studies, and/or post-colonial studies.

The ideal candidate for each position will possess experience working with students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds and educational attainment, including first-generation and/or immigrant students. The ideal candidate for each position will show evidence of ability to teach successfully, and show a strong record of creative and/or scholarly achievement or promise pertinent to the position.

We especially seek candidates who can demonstrate culturally-responsive and relevant pedagogy and principles, as well as a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity in education through writing, teaching, and/or advocacy. Language proficiency in Spanish is beneficial.

Position duties will include teaching undergraduate courses in U.S. Latina/o/x Literatures or African American Literature, and first-year Critical Reading and Writing, as well as other courses in writing and literature as needed and available. The Fiction writer will also teach Creative Writing-Fiction courses, and will have the opportunity to provide leadership in the Department's creative writing initiatives on campus. Creative writing initiatives include shaping the new creative writing minor and our award-winning literary arts magazine Morning Glory, as well as connecting campus and community, such as through our Guest Writers Series, which brings local and regional writers to campus for readings and workshops.

Successful candidates will teach 12 units (3 courses) per semester, and participate in the regular functioning of the English Department. University service commitments and student mentoring/advising are expected of all faculty.

The candidates will join a devoted English Department of 10 full-time faculty and 10-12 part-time faculty who teach courses in writing and literature that serve the general education requirements for all traditional undergraduates as well as approximately 60-70 majors and minors. We offer a traditional literature major, a major with a writing concentration, and minors in creative writing and TESOL.


Under the direction of the Dean, Department Chair, the Assistant Professor is responsible for providing academic instruction to students for the assigned undergraduate courses. The Assistant Professor is to serve as an academic advisor to students; serve on faculty or university committees; and engage in scholarly activities, and/or creative endeavors which contribute to the academic mission of the University, as outlined in the faculty handbook.

Representative Duties
• Provide academic instruction to students through lecture courses. Create assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings for development of cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students. E
• Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E
• Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner. E
• Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and University meetings. E
• Performs related duties as assigned.

E=Essential Duties

Knowledge Of
• Current theory and practice within the subject discipline
• Principles and best practices of effective teaching
• Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment
• University curricula
• Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students
• Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data
• Modern computing technology
• Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability To
• Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline
• Deliver course curricula in various learning styles
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, and ethnic background of University students
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities.
• Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience
• Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
• Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline

Minimum Qualifications
The Fiction writer will have their MFA; and candidate without Fiction writing will require a PhD (or ABD). If ABD, will come in at the rank of Instructor.

Interested candidates in either both positions should possess expertise in one or more of the following: Literature of the Americas, Indigenous Literatures, critical approaches to literature including critical race studies/theory, gender and sexuality studies, and/or post-colonial studies.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate for each position will possess experience working with students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds and educational attainment, including first-generation and/or immigrant students. The ideal candidate for each position will show evidence of ability to teach successfully, and show a strong record of creative and/or scholarly achievement or promise pertinent to the position.

We especially seek candidates who can demonstrate culturally-responsive and relevant pedagogy and principles, as well as a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity in education through writing, teaching, and/or advocacy. Language proficiency in Spanish is beneficial.

Licenses and other requirements

Working Environment

Indoor classroom environment; seated for extended periods of time; subject to visiting a variety of classroom sites on campus.

Posting Number Faculty000452020
Number of Vacancies 2
Desired Start Date 08/22/2022
Position End Date
Open Date
09/23/2021
Close Date 10/31/2021
Open Until Filled No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions
Please include the following with your application:

1. Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications of the position and how you are prepared to support the HSI designation of Cal Lutheran and adapt to the needs of underrepresented and first-generation students;
2. Curriculum vitae/resume
3. Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses your experience and/or motivation to teach and mentor underrepresented and first-generation students
4. Statement of research and any other scholarly/creative activities pertinent to your professional identity; and
5. 3 letters of reference (semi-finalists only) to be uploaded through the "postings" portal

Please direct questions to Dr. Jacqueline Lyons, Chair of the English Department and search committee jlyons@callutheran.edu)

Statement
California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University's policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


1. How did you hear about this posting?
◦ Chronicle of Higher Education
◦ Higheredjobs.com
◦ Inside Higher Ed
◦ Cal Lutheran Website
◦ Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
◦ Hispanic Outlook
◦ Women in Higher Education
◦ SACNAS
◦ Department Specific Site (MLA, APA, etc.)
◦ Hispanicsinhighered.com
◦ Blacksinhighered.com
◦ Asiansinhighered.com
◦ Minority Postdoc
◦ Other
◦ Personal Recommendation

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Teaching Philosophy
4. Statement of Research/Creative Activities
Optional Documents
1. Other
2. Other #2
3. Other #3
4. Other #4

To Apply https://careers.callutheran.edu/postings/7952





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