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Assistant Professor of Practice

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
English and Literature

Posting Number: req5677

Department: English

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Writing Program seeks highly qualified candidate to apply for the position of Assistant Professor of Practice; Assistant Director of Second Language Writing (Career Track). The successful applicant will join a cohort of dynamic teacher-scholars working closely with writing program administrators and staff to lead the professional development of graduate assistant teachers and lecturers. The Assistant Director of Second Language Writing will teach writing, develop teachers of writing, create and assess curriculum, and participate in service projects. There may be additional opportunities to teach courses in the English Applied Linguistics program (undergraduate or graduate level), as available. Housed in the Department of English, the University of Arizona Writing Program serves more than 12,000 undergraduate students each year in a range of first-year and advanced composition courses.

The program has a strong relationship with the department and campus community, and it is involved in research projects on writing. The program has partnerships with the university and Tucson communities focused on Writing across the Curriculum, General Education, service-learning, and other areas. Assistant Professors of Practice (Career Track) have opportunities to work with writing program administrators on assessment projects. They also lend their expertise to develop new research and curricular initiatives; pursue ongoing research projects with data collection, analysis, and reporting; contribute to events such as the annual award ceremony; and perform service in the form of committee work and projects. Assistant Professors of Practice (Career Track) are integral to all aspects of the program, and they work closely with one another, administrators, and staff. Workload/DOE - 2021/2022 Admin: .20 Teaching: .60 (2-3 courses a semester depending on credit hours) Research: N/A Service: .20

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director of Second Language Writing
  • Coordinate, plan, and facilitate instructor collaboratives and reading groups 
  • Provide support for lecturers and graduate students who teach SLW
  • Serve as initial point of contact for SLW instructors
  • Work with Director of SLW and Associate Director of Placement & Transfer to place students and facilitate placement issues
  • Co-lead general meeting sessions on SLW
  • Conduct oral English assessment of prospective GTAs as needed
  • Mentor first-year graduate students in the Department of English to teach writing
  • Coordinate a pre-session orientation each semester for graduate assistant teachers
  • Co-plan and teach a year-long graduate course centered on teaching composition (English 591)
  • Teach first-year and advanced writing courses
  • Perform service to maintain the strength and quality of the program

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or related field
  • At least five years of experience teaching writing in higher education, including substantial experience teaching English as an additional language (EAL) writers
  • Have demonstrated experience or interest, in teacher development

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in program administration, teacher support, and/or supervision
  • PhD in TESOL, applied linguistics, or related field preferred

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Career-Track (CT)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $46,000-$48,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Shelley Staples

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application materials: Cover letter highlighting your relevant qualifications and interests in the position Current CV Names and contact information for three professional references Teaching Philosophy, including a discussion of your philosophy of teacher education and professional development

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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