Job ID: 210426

English Instructor - Department of English - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (21528) (Creating a Pool for Anticipated Openings)

Northern Illinois University

  • May 5, 2023
  • English Instructor - Department of English - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (21528) (Creating a Pool for Anticipated Openings)
  • English
  • Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • English


The Department of English at Northern Illinois University (NIU) is creating a pooled posting for anticipated openings as it seeks full-time or part-time instructors to teach face-to-face classes in the first-year composition program.

The load for full-time instructors is usually 12 credit hours per semester and would normally include the first and second semester first-year writing requirements as well as potential to teach developmental writing. This position has occasional opportunities to teach upper-level classes as well—depending on candidates’ specializations. The appointment is for one year subject to program needs but is renewable. Instructors are on continuing contracts after 5 years of positive programmatic reviews and continued program need.

NIU’s commitment to diversity includes a thriving Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, six cultural resource centers, and six academic diversity centers. NIU is a 2021 recipient of Insight into Diversity magazine’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award and an AACU Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus. NIU draws its predominately first-generation students and transfers from the cities of Chicago and Rockford, their suburbs, and the rural areas of the region. The English department actively seeks qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our faculty and campus.

Position Summary

The Instructor is a temporary (non-tenure track) position with duties that include teaching first-year composition and related courses. Possibility of teaching other courses as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching 4 sections of first-year composition per semester or other duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in English or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of two years of experience teaching first-year writing.
  • Demonstrated commitment to goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additional Requirements


Preferred Qualifications

  • A PhD in English or a closely related field.
  • Experience teaching at an institution with a diverse student body.
  • Experience teaching developmental writing.
  • Course work in rhetoric and composition.
  • Experience with developing composition pedagogy.
  • Experience with multimodal composition, anti-racist pedagogy, collaborative writing, and/or technical writing.

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