Sabbatical Replacement American Literature and Theory Western Colorado University

POSITION: Sabbatical Replacement in Literature at the rank of lecturer.  This is a one-year appointment, which is potentially renewable.

DUTIES:  The teaching load for this position is four courses per semester (24 credit hours annually).  Teaching responsibilities include American Literature, Literary Theory, Critical Approaches to Writing about Literature, upper-division seminars, and General Education literature courses.  Many of the courses serve the English major as well as the Humanities and Diversity Minor.  Additional duties may include recruiting majors and minors, serving on a campus committee, and advising Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society.

This is a vibrant English program that houses literature, creative writing, secondary licensure, a Humanities and Diversity minor, a Professional Writing Certificate and first-year composition.

SALARY:   $44,000-$45,000 depending on qualifications and experience.  Benefits include an employee/employer shared contribution retirement plan, and life and health insurance.

START DATE:   August 16, 2022

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. or A.B.D. in English with thorough grounding in critical/literary analysis. Must have excellent record of university-level teaching experience and an enthusiasm for recruiting English majors.

APPLICATIONS: To apply, go to  and use our online application (see the "apply" link at the top of the job posting); required attachments to your online application include a cover letter, curriculum vita, academic transcripts, writing sample, and teaching dossier with sample syllabi and at least one year of student evaluations.

In addition, please ask three references to send recommendation letters directly to:

For more information, contact Christy Jespersen at

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment. 

Application review begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3,000 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. The curriculum provides flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge. The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Professionals have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit to learn more about the university.

 An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets

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