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Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - First-Year Writing

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Position type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Department of Writing seeks a full-time (9-month), non-tenure track position to teach 12 credit hours of first-year writing beginning August 6, 2024. No scholarship expectations or service obligations.
Required Qualifications and Education:
  • M.A., M.S., M.F.A., or PhD in English, Rhetoric/Composition, Writing (or related field) by time of employment
  • Expertise and experience in teaching college composition
  • Experience teaching writing in a computer lab
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Interest in social justice education, inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
  • Graduate coursework in rhetoric and composition, or its professional equivalent
  • Experience in or a demonstrated commitment to social justice education, inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
The ideal candidate will focus their career on teaching general education writing courses and on continuously developing their professional expertise as a writing instructor. The typical full-time (9-month) teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester, drawn from GVSU's general education writing courses. The position is not tenure track. Individuals will be appointed for one academic year on a full-time basis. This may be renewed once for an additional academic year. Thereafter, such individuals may be appointed for three (3) consecutive academic years.
The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers a comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (
The Department of Writing emphasizes teaching excellence using inclusive writing pedagogies.  Full-time faculty uphold the values of a liberal education while providing a collaborative learning environment within writing studies. In addition to first-year writing general education foundation courses, the department offers a unique 42-credit modular curriculum for students wanting to
pursue a B.A. or B.S. in writing.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a
student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education.
Campus/University: Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan. The University attracts more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and has been
nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university seeks to create an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting the enrichment of society. More information can be found at Grand Valley State University (
How to Apply: A complete application must include the following:
  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of how you foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through your teaching - Upload this to the 'Teaching Statement' section on the application form.
  4. Contact information of three professional references
  5. Graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply).

The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to Professor Christopher Toth ( Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: The review process will begin on October 24, 2023. First-round interviews will be conducted via Zoom, and second-round interviews will include on-campus visits for all finalists. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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