Open Posting: Faculty: Assistant Professor of Composition
Department: Humanities Programs
Classification: Exempt, Full time
MacMurray College is an independent, four-year, residential, baccalaureate college with a strong liberal arts tradition located in the affordable, safe and stimulating city of Jacksonville, Illinois. For more than 170 years, MacMurray College has been committed to prepare graduates for satisfying and productive professional careers, providing the tools needed for effective leadership and encouraging individual growth throughout one’s education and future endeavors.
MacMurray College invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Composition, appointment to start January 2020. As part of the General Education Program, composition courses are a key component for students to gain writing and speaking skills that integrate critical reading, thinking, writing, and speaking about issues in our culture. Successful candidates should demonstrate a willingness to work effectively with First Year Students. Candidates with additional background in related fields in the Humanities will be given special consideration.
Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching and Advising
- Develop course curriculum, course handouts, lectures, labs, and presentations.
- Facilitate student learning, providing effective instruction, and performing evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes, using each course’s standard course outline as a guide.
- Participate in program level learning assessment. Participation includes helping articulate learning outcomes, choosing and administering measures, evaluating student performance, and suggesting changes to improve student learning.
- Schedule, supervise, debrief, and evaluate students in clinical, internship, observation, field experience, and similar settings as appropriate for the course or program.
- Assign grades and maintaining course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations and submit grades and records by established deadlines.
- Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times.
- Help students identify and progress toward their educational goals through the advising process, as well as providing incidental academic advice to students in classes, especially during designated periods of pre-registration and registration.
Service to the College and Community
- Post and keep on-campus office hours to facilitate interaction with students, other faculty, staff, administrators, and the public.
- Serve on standing and ad hoc committees, advisory boards, hiring committees, or as a student organization advisor.
- Attend local, regional, state, or national meetings where required or necessary for the discipline.
- Attend College events and engage in campus life activities.
- Fulfill assessment responsibilities of programs, divisions, and the College.
- Assist the Admissions Office in the recruitment of students for the division.
- Contribute to institutional administrative projects including: HLC related work, Strategic Planning, Accreditation and programmatic self-studies, Institutional Advancement – e.g. alumni activities, grant writing, etc.
Scholarship and Professional Engagement
- Maintain involvement in professional reading and other professional activities
- Attend workshops, conferences, and professional seminars to remain current in academic or program discipline, including: maintaining licensure, certification, or continuing education requirements where appropriate.
- Serve in professional associations.
- Develop and improve teaching pedagogy to support learning including; webinar, teaching conference, and training seminar/workshop attendance.
- Must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
Education and Experience
- Ph.D. in Composition/Rhetoric from an accredited university/college with background in a related field in the Humanities (e.g. English Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion) preferred
- Minimum of two or more years teaching experience at the collegiate level
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong interpersonal skills and interest in student engagement
- Demonstrated ability to effectively teach course work.
- Clear commitment to working in an undergraduate liberal arts environment
- Ability to work as a member of an energetic academic team.
MacMurray College is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age physical or mental disability or covered veteran status. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas. Interested applicants may send a brief cover letter describing your interest in this position, curriculum vitae outlining your qualification for the position, along with your teaching philosophy and contact information including e-mail addresses for three professional references. Any finalist for the position must successfully pass a background screening. Official transcripts will be required of candidates who are interviewed. Applications will be reviewed immediately. All materials should be sent to: HR@mac.edu