Term Asst Professor - Early Modern British Lit & Composition

  • George Mason University
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time

Job Description

 

Department: English

Web Announcement:

Term Assistant Professor - Early Modern British Lit & Composition

The George Mason University, Department of English, seeks applicants for a full-time one-year renewable position (Term Assistant Professor) in Early Modern British Literature and Composition to begin in the Fall 2022 semester. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Located just 15 miles from Washington, DC, George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public institution of higher education in Virginia and one of the most diverse nationwide, including approximately 60% students of color; 39% first-generation college students; and 40-60% multilingual students. Its faculty, staff, and students work collaboratively to build a foundation that allows for a diversity of cultures, opinions, and perspectives to flourish. Mason's inclusivity draws from across the U.S. and the globe and helps create the framework that is representative of the vibrant landscape in which it resides. Mason's English Department is home to a diverse and collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation, community and public service, inclusion, and social equity.

About the Department:

We offer a BA in English with seven concentrations: cultural studies, creative writing, film and media studies, folklore and mythology, linguistics, literature, and writing and rhetoric. Along with the BA, we award the only BFA in creative writing in Virginia. Our graduate curriculum includes MA and MFA programs in several disciplines, along with PhD programs in Linguistics and Writing and Rhetoric. You can find more information about the department at https://english.gmu.edu/.

About the Program:

The Composition Program is actively engaged in the development of curricula and pedagogical approaches that support Mason's diverse student population and hopes to engage new faculty in this work. The courses are part of a vertical writing curriculum that includes general education writing requirements at the first-year and junior levels taught by faculty in the Composition Program, Writing Intensive courses in the major, and synthesis and capstone courses across the university. For additional information about the program, please visit https://composition.gmu.edu.

Responsibilities:

This position carries a 4-4 course load, with teaching responsibility split between literature and composition. Literature courses will include upper-division and general education courses in early modern literature, especially Shakespeare. Composition courses will include first-year composition and/or advanced composition (separate sections of advanced composition offered for business, humanities, social science, natural science, and multidisciplinary). Schedule may include classes that begin as early as 7:30 a.m. or as late as 7:20 p.m. Most classes in the English department are small (27 students or fewer), though there are a few larger classes.

This is a full-time instructional position without an expectation of research or creative activities. The starting salary is $60,000, plus benefits. Term faculty are eligible for multi-year contracts and promotion, as well as internal grants. This position requires presence on the Fairfax campus; it cannot be carried out remotely, although candidates may have opportunities to teach online and to work remotely at times depending on their class schedule.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications: a doctorate in English or an allied field, with evidence of completion by August 2022; demonstrated expertise in early modern literature and in composition pedagogy; and strong capacities and dedication to undergraduate teaching.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications: significant experience teaching both literature and composition courses, graduate coursework in composition pedagogy and early modern literature, experience in online or hybrid writing instruction, and experience with anti-racist pedagogies and/or second language pedagogies.

The ideal candidate will be able to develop innovative courses in early modern literature and advance the teaching of composition at GMU. The department especially encourages candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the faculty.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should do the following by July 14, 2022:
  • Apply for position number F8800z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/;
  • Complete and submit the online application;
  • Upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a sample syllabus for an upper-division or general education course on Shakespeare, and a syllabus, along with a major assignment with grading criteria, from a recent composition course. (Sample syllabi should include week-by-week calendar of assignments and readings). If selected for an interview, we will request two letters of recommendation.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Location: Fairfax, VA

Mason Ad Statement:

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants should apply by July 14, 2022 for position number F8800z athttps://jobs.gmu.edu/;complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a sample syllabus for an upper-division or general education course on Shakespeare, and a syllabus, along with a major assignment with grading criteria, from a recent composition course. (Sample syllabi should include week-by-week calendar of assignments and readings).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If selected for an interview, we will request two letters of recommendation.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Remick-Simkins (sremicks@gmu.edu) in the English department.

Equity Statement:

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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