Department of English

Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Central Connecticut State University


Central Connecticut State University’s Department of English invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English to serve as a Basic Writing Specialist.  The successful candidate will join an English Department with a Director of Composition, a Writing Center Director, a graduate Applied Linguistics program, and vibrant minors in Creative Writing and Publishing.  In addition to teaching basic and first-year writing courses, duties of the position could include managing objectives, curriculum, staffing, professional development, and internal and external communication for the basic (developmental) writing courses; working with the Director of Composition and an Administrative Assistant on writing placement and the relation between basic and first-year writing; and working with the Applied Linguistics Director on the ESL-focused basic writing course.  The normal load is 12 credits per semester, balancing teaching with any administrative responsibilities. The position requires active scholarship and publication in the field, plus university and professional service. Candidates are expected to be committed to promoting equity and inclusion and to working with a diverse student body. 

As the oldest public institution of higher education in Connecticut, founded in 1849, Central takes pride in its role as an affordable gateway to success and lifelong learning. We recognize that access to quality education is the most effective route for social and economic mobility, and we are committed to providing the residents of New Britain, the region, and the state with multiple pathways to a transformative educational experience. Central is an inclusive and “student success-centered” institution with an increasingly diverse student body that represents the populations of the communities it serves. We are dedicated to enhancing our innovative practices to increase access, improve retention, engage students in campus life, incorporate high-impact practices, and promote educational achievement and career readiness.


About Central’s Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences


The Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) prepares students for a complex and interdependent world as engaged and thoughtful global citizens. Through learning in the liberal arts tradition, we challenge students to be critical, creative thinkers; accurate, effective communicators; and knowledgeable members of society. Our graduates are innovative, intellectually curious, well-read, and prepared for professional lives or further specialized study. We achieve these goals through excellence in teaching; faculty and student scholarship; research and creative activity; and community engagement.


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Position Profile


Academic excellence is the cornerstone of the Central Connecticut State University mission, and our faculty, full- and part-time, take pride in being scholars, mentors, and advisors who collectively contribute to a vibrant and engaged community. Central fosters a collaborative environment characterized by the commitment of faculty and staff to support each other in service of the university’s academic mission. The voting membership of the Faculty Senate includes representatives of academic and administrative departments, with non-voting representation for university administrators and the student government association. Teaching faculty are represented by the Connecticut State University Association of University Professors (AAUP). The collective bargaining agreement defines the process for renewal, promotion, and tenure, while also delineating support for professional development. 


Applicant Evaluative Criteria


Applicant profiles and supplementary materials will be evaluated for appointment based on the following:

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Composition/Rhetoric, Writing Studies, English, or equivalent (ABD candidates considered if degree will be conferred by date of appointment, August 2024)
  • Demonstrable experience and training in basic or developmental writing theory and administration and knowledge of best practices in the field 
  • Minimum two years experience teaching writing at the college level 
  • Commitment to serving culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with ESL writers and/or first-generation college students 
  • Experience with writing placement test design and administration
  • Experience in teaching writing across the curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively


To Apply

To begin the application process, select the apply button and electronically submit the following documents byFebruary 19, 2024.

·       Letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position;

  • Current curriculum vitae with names of three current professional references including their titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers; 
  • Unofficial transcripts for highest degree and any other relevant graduate degrees; 
  • Candidates who have not yet been granted the terminal degree should include a letter from their thesis advisor stating the anticipated date of completion and degree conferral (must be by August 2024 to be considered).


Incomplete or late applications will not be considered; emailed and mailed applications will not be accepted. Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security Number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted.

Note: Candidates uploading additional materials must combine all documents into one PDF file. For further assistance, please email

For more information, contact the Department Chair, Dr. Melissa Mentzer, at, 860-832-2742, or the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Matthew Ciscel, at, 860-832-2749.

Compensation and Employee Benefits

In accordance with the Connecticut State University American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract, compensation for this position is at the rank of Assistant Professor for 2024-2025. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. For more information on the AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, please visit AAUP.

The State of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University are proud to offer its employees competitive wages and a wide range of fringe benefits including voluntary and supplemental benefits.

Fringe benefits include: paid personal and sick leave accruals; medical, dental, and prescription plans; group life insurance; retirement; retiree health care; tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western) as well as an array of voluntary and supplemental benefits such as Deferred Retirement Contribution plans, Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Flexible spending accounts; long and short term disability insurance plans.

For more detailed information, please visit CCSU Human Resources.

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.


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