Assistant Professor of English


Assistant Professor of English


Summary: The English Program at Colorado Mesa University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of English, a tenure-track position with expertise in American literature, specialty open. Candidates are expected to teach the department's current offerings in American literature and first-year composition. The ideal candidate will also be able to teach Young Adult literature courses.

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester; some assigned courses may be taught on-line, hybrid, or via distance delivery modalities. The English program expects our professors to produce scholarship in the discipline, advise students, and serve the program, department, university, and the scholarly community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach first-year composition.
Teach a full array of American literature courses.
Advise students.
Serve the English program, department, university, and the scholarly community.

Required Qualifications:


  • PhD in English or related field, with a primary specialty in American literature.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively.
  • Successful experience teaching first-year university composition.
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarship within the discipline.
  • Effective communication and organizational skills.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with university faculty and staff.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience teaching university-level American literature courses, especially contemporary literature.
  • Experience teaching young adult literature.

    Salary: $51,000.00 - 55,000.00. Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits package: Click here for more information!

    Department: Colorado Mesa University

    Employment Type: Faculty


    Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by 1/5/2024.

    How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application by creating a profile and then providing personal and demographic information. In addition, please be prepared to upload a:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Include the name, phone number, email address and relationship of at least three professional references who can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying for. Professional references should include at least one current or former supervisor. Professional reference may also include current or former employers, colleagues or other professionals who have first-hand knowledge and can recommend you for employment.
  • Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts include a social security number or birthdate, please redact that information before uploading the document. Official transcripts will be required upon hire)

    Direct Inquiries Contact: Dr. Barry Laga
    Professor of English


    Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus located in Grand Junction. As western Colorado's largest university, CMU serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College and via online offerings. Founded in 1925, it's a dynamic university enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.

    At the heart of the CMU experience is an integrative and experiential approach to higher education that encourages students to think differently and empowers them to challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make connections between ideas and gain the skills to solve the unstructured, complex problems they'll encounter in life. Our focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands.

    The Grand Valley is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado and you won't have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument. We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting. In addition to a mountain resort that's less than 45 minutes from campus for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Living and working in Grand Junction, you will be able to explore one of Colorado's best kept secrets.

    Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education.

    Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility. Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the CMU Human Resources Office by phone or email. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed.



    Colorado Mesa University

    Attn: Human Resources Office

    1100 North Avenue

    Grand Junction, CO 81501



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