Overview

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Do you like to teach outside of the traditional confines of period focused classes? Are you interested in creating fresh, inventive courses that strive for a thematic approach or include media studies? If so, Dickinson State University wants you to join the Language and Literature Department. We are seeking a nine-month tenure-track assistant/associate professor in American literature with secondary interests in interdisciplinary studies, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)/Writing in the Disciplines (WID), and/or digital humanities. The course load is 12 credits per semester or 24 credits per academic year and may involve traveling to the university’s sites in Bismarck or Williston, teaching via interactive video, or teaching online.

Courses will include composition, general education, and upper-level American literature. This position offers the opportunity to provide outstanding academic advising to English majors, contribute to university committees, and engage in research and self-improvement activities. We seek applicants who enjoy collaborating and are eager to join us in improving our programs and advancing in our mission to serve students at our university and citizens throughout the region.

This provides the opportunity to become part of a department of supportive faculty who plan to revise their curriculum to integrate traditional literary approaches with innovative ones that will excite students and teach them practical applications of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Or in other words, so students will have a good answer when people ask them, “So what are you going to do with that degree”?

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: This position reports to the Chair of the Department of Language and Literature

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Earned doctorate in English
  • All academic degrees from regionally accredited institutions
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, flexibility, and a strong work ethic

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Expertise in interdisciplinary studies, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)/Writing in the Disciplines (WID), and/or digital humanities
  • Experience with assessment at course, program, and university levels

COMPENSATION: Includes a salary of $52,000 – 55,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience; and a comprehensive fringe benefit package, including employer-paid full-family coverage health insurance, TIAA retirement, tuition waiver benefits and much more.

LOCATION: Dickinson, ND

STARTING DATE: August 13, 2018

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Provide instruction in the various American literature and composition courses offered by DSU.

Teaching effectiveness includes 1) teaching of assigned class loads, 2) making appropriate preparations for the semester including syllabus preparation, preparation of lecture, preparation of tests and assignments as needed/appropriate, revising course materials when needed, and providing measurable objectives for student performance, 3) act as a professional role model to students, 4) communicate effectively with students, 5) arrive at class punctually and use class time effectively, 6) stay current in field of expertise, 7) be available to and provide assistance to students, and 8) other teaching duties as assigned or noted by supervisor.

Physical demands include the ability to stand or otherwise be present in a classroom during class time, the ability to move to students to provide assistance in the class, and the abilities to speak and listen.

  • The individual in this position is expected to participate in scholarly activities and self-improvement.

These activities may include, but are not limited to, 1) evaluation and selection of materials for classroom activities, 2) professional reading and/or research for self-improvement and effectiveness 3) continuing education, including experiential learning, 4) publishing in the outlets of professional organizations, 5) conference, workshop, convention and seminar attendance 6) presentations at professional conferences, workshops, conventions and/or seminars, 7) consultant work, 8) creation of new courses, and 9) review of commercial and professional curriculum materials.

Physical demands are as needed to carry out the given task, but are not excessive and are largely controlled by the employee.

  • The individual in this position is expected to make on-campus contributions to the university.

Activities in this category may include but are not limited to 1) academic advising of students, 2) serving on committees, 3) attending university functions, and 4) advising student organizations.

Physical demands are as needed to carry out the given task, but are not excessive and are largely controlled by the employee.

  • The individual in this position is expected to make off-campus contributions to the university.

Activities in this category may include but are not limited to 1) making speeches/giving presentations to community groups, 2) organizing and/or working with community organizations, 3) belonging to or holding office in community organizations, 4) seeking or holding governmental office or working on behalf of governmental candidates and/or organizations, 5) serving on advisory boards, and 6) serving western North Dakota as a resource within the area of expertise.

Physical demands are as needed to carry out the given task, but are not excessive and are largely controlled by the employee.

DISCLAIMER CLAUSE:

This job announcement is not intended, and should not be construed, to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential to making fair pay decisions and determining job performance.

POSITION DETAILS:

Band: 2000 Academic

Sub Band: 2110 Assistant/2105 Associate

Term: 9 months

Status: Full-time (100%), benefited, non-exempt (from FLSA overtime)

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applications received by February 18, 2018 will be given first consideration. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. We seek a wide range of applicants for this position to affirm the value that we place on diversity in our faculty.

Complete the online application at http://www.dickinsonstate.edu/about/employment/open-positions/, then upload a letter of application specifically addressing the above minimum and preferred qualifications, a current resume and the names, copies of graduate transcripts, and contact information (including telephone numbers and email address) of five professional references by the date stated above.

For more information or assistance contact: Human Resources (701) 483-2476

Applicants who are residents of ND and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD214 with the application for employment; claims for disabled veteran’s preference must include Form DD214 and a letter less than one year old from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs indicating disability; claims for preference as the eligible spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran must include Form DD214, a marriage certificate and a letter less than one year old from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs indicating disability, or the veteran’s death certificate.

Due to access to restricted information, the successful candidate will be required to complete a satisfactory criminal history record check.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and I-9 employment certification is required at hire.

DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY is a regional four-year institution within the North Dakota University System. The university’s mission is to provide high quality, accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities; and to provide service relevant to the economy, health, and quality of life for the citizens of the state of North Dakota. For more information about Dickinson State University please visit www.dickinsonstate.edu and watch this video.

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