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First-Year Writing

Guidelines for Applying for an Adjunct Faculty Position with the First-Year Writing Program

The Boise State First-Year Writing Program is charged with writing instruction for nearly every student admitted to the university. In order to meet the needs for sections of first-year writing courses, we rely heavily on adjunct faculty. Over 45 adjunct instructors are currently employed by the program, teaching English 90, 101 and 102.

Eligible applicants must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field, with experience teaching writing at the postsecondary level. Qualified candidates will exhibit a commitment to pedagogical innovation and professional development as they work in a community of teachers who view writing pedagogy as a shared intellectual endeavor. They will also be expected to incorporate new technologies into teaching & learning and to understand how differing literacies and diverse cultural backgrounds relate to writing and learning.

Begin the application process by submitting an application form, letter of application and curriculum vitae to olaw@boisestate.edu. Then please also submit a teaching portfolio to DeAnna Jones, Writing Program Office Manager, by e-mail to deannajones@boisestate.edu. A teaching portfolio must include your curriculum vitae and a one-page teaching philosophy statement. If possible, please also include student evaluations, sample assignments, and your comments on a student essay.

We accept applications throughout the year, and interviews are held as needs arise. We try to hold interviews a semester in advance to ensure that we can create a pool of qualified candidates. This helps us plan ahead and minimizes last-minute hiring decisions.

Our need for new instructors depends on possible growth in enrollment and the departure of current faculty. Part-time faculty are hired on a semester contract and may teach up to three classes per semester. Instructors new to our program are usually scheduled for a maximum of two classes.

Adjunct faculty are the heart of the First-Year Writing Program, and we value their dedication and commitment to teaching writing. We have a vibrant community of writing teachers at Boise State with a strong sense of collegiality. We appreciate your interest in teaching first-year writing at Boise State University.

For more information, please visit our website at http://english.boisestate.edu/writing.