Lecturer in Technical, Business, and First-Year Writing (Two Positions)

The Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University invites applications for the position Lecturer in English, with primary teaching expectations in technical writing, business communications, and first-year writing. This is a full-time, nine-month, renewable non-tenure-track position with benefits. This job posting will be used to hire two (2) lecturers in English.

The Department of English and Philosophy is housed within the ISU College of Arts and Letters, and faculty members across the college work supportively and collaboratively with each other and with College and University leaders to advance teaching, research, and service, and to promote educational excellence, access, and opportunity. The main campus of ISU is located in the city of Pocatello, an urban center of 70,000 people in the foothills of Southeast Idaho, with close access to the national forest, alpine and Nordic skiing, and year-round outdoor recreation. The area around Pocatello is an important agricultural region with numerous, small farming and ranching communities. The land on which Idaho State University’s Pocatello campus sits lies within the traditional and ancestral home of the Shoshone and Bannock peoples, and the Fort Hall Reservation is just fifteen miles from the Pocatello campus. ISU draws students from around the U.S. and across the globe, but a significant percentage of the student body comes from the surrounding communities. Many students are first-generation and non-traditional, and an increasing number are heritage speakers of Spanish. 

Idaho State University aims to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Related to this goal, we especially encourage candidates whose teaching and service interests involve working with students from rural, Spanish-speaking, or heritage Spanish-speaking populations.

The faculty member in this position will:

  • Teach four courses each semester, most commonly upper-division Professional and Technical Writing, upper-division Business Communications, and first-year writing
  • Teach in a variety of delivery modes: in-seat, distance (video broadcast), asynchronous online, and “hyflex,” by which we mean simultaneous in-seat and synchronous online delivery
  • Commute in some semesters to the ISU campus in Idaho Falls (50 miles north of Pocatello) to teach some courses on that campus
  • Participate in the shared governance of the department through engaged, conscientious, and collaborative involvement on departmental committees

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric, or M.A. in Technical and Professional Communications, M.A. in English, or a closely related field by August 1, 2023

Preferred Qualifications

  • Established record of excellence in teaching first-year writing, technical writing, and business communications
  • Strong interest in a career in teaching first-year writing, technical writing, and business communications
  • Ability to work with students from a wide range of majors and diverse backgrounds and life experiences, including veterans, heritage-Spanish speakers, indigenous, and non-traditional students
  • Demonstrated commitment participating in departmental level service
  • Demonstrated record of professional development in the teaching of technical, business, and/or first-year writing 
  • Commitment to mentoring peer instructors. In most cases, dual enrollment instructors of ENGL 1101 in local high schools

Additional Information

Applicants should submit the following to be fully considered for this position: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-to-two-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample syllabus for (1) a first-year writing course 
  • Sample syllabus for a technical writing or business communications course
  • List of 3-5 professional references, including professional titles and current contact information

This position will remain open until it is filled; however, priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to February 1, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental, and vision; life insurance; disability plan; employee assistance program (EAP); excellent retirement options and company contribution; and generous paid time off/sick leave accrual. All offers of employment are conditional pending the successful completion of a background investigation, provided by HireRight.


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