Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor - Composition Specialist

Assistant or Associate Professor of English: Composition Specialist & Writing Program Coordinator, California Lutheran University

The English Department at California Lutheran University invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track (associate or advanced assistant professor) faculty with Ph.D. in Composition, Rhetoric, or a closely related field, with expertise in current approaches to the teaching of composition, and expertise and/or significant experience in writing program administration. We seek, especially, candidates who can demonstrate culturally responsive/relevant writing pedagogy and principles, as well as a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity in education through scholarship, teaching, and/or engagement.

The successful candidate will possess experience working with students of different ethnic backgrounds and educational attainment, including international or immigrant students; demonstrate evidence of intellectual leadership for a program in first-year writing, including curriculum design (especially around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity) and instructor training and assessment; and possess a record of scholarly achievement and/or research program pertinent to the teaching and/or administration of writing. Language proficiency in Spanish is beneficial.

Position duties will include teaching and coordinating our first-year writing sequence, English 110 and English 111: Critical Reading and Writing I & II, which is intended to help prepare students to succeed in college writing beyond the first year. The candidate will work closely with the department to develop and lead policy initiatives around writing and to implement necessary revision of the first-year writing curriculum. In addition, the candidate will help oversee hiring, supervision, professional development, community building, and regular assessment of our adjuncts who teach writing in our program, as well as coordinate the first-year English placement process. The candidate will be encouraged to develop new initiatives around writing, as well as to design and teach courses in the candidate's area(s) of specialization for the English department.

The successful candidate will teach 12 units (3 courses) per semester, with course-release time commensurate with writing-administration responsibilities, and participate in the regular functioning of the English Department. University service commitments and student mentoring/advising are expected of all faculty.

The candidate will join a devoted and congenial English Department of 10 full-time faculty and 10-12 dedicated part-time faculty who teach courses in writing and literature that serve the Core-21 liberal arts requirement for all traditional undergraduates as well as approximately 60-70 majors and minors. We offer a traditional literature major, a major with a writing concentration, and minors in creative writing and TESOL. The department hosts an award-winning literary magazine, the Morning Glory, and the Director of the Writing Center holds a joint appointment in English.

Cal Lutheran is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). We seek, in particular, candidates who mirror the increasing diversity of the university and of the Southern California region from which most of our students are drawn. Cal Lutheran encourages applicants from all faiths, and advocates for justice and fairness for all people. Cal Lutheran is an accredited, private, comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The campus is located midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and is home to more than 2,800 undergraduate and 1,250 graduate students who come from 35 countries and represent a variety of faiths. 45.2% of Cal Lutheran students are from underrepresented groups, and 34% of freshmen are first-generation students.

Application instructions:
Please apply online at

Make sure to include the following with your application:

Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications of the position and how you are prepared to support the mission of Cal Lutheran and its commitment to diversity
Curriculum vita/resume
Statement of teaching philosophy
Statement of research and any other scholarly/creative activities pertinent to your professional identity
3 letters of reference (to be uploaded through the “postings” portal)

Please direct questions to Dr. Bryan B. Rasmussen, Chair of the English Department and search committee (

Review of applications begins immediately.

Position to begin August 2019.

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