Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition

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Position Information

Title Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition
Department Office of the Dean - Regis College (RCDN)
Position Category Faculty
FTE 1.0

August – May

Hours variable and dependent on teaching and advising load.

Will driving be required? No
If temporary, list start date
If temporary, list end date
Requested start date for this position 08/01/2018
Pay Rate Salary commensurate with education and experience
Benefits Eligible Yes
Campus Location Northwest Denver
Full-time or Part-time Full-Time
Posting Number 201101047

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

The Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition will support the work of teaching and learning for rhetorical proficiency within the First Year Experience (FYE) and in the broader curriculum.

This tenure-track hire in Regis College at the level of Assistant Professor is a 10 month position, which includes the 9 months of the academic year and a month of advising, planning, and assessment during the summer. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates for this position will have not only a demonstrated capacity for excellent teaching, but also strong experience in the kinds of programmatic work which sustain such teaching. As a part of this primary focus, an ideal candidate will be prepared to teach in the Commitment Program, a program within the FYE which contributes to the success of traditionally underrepresented and under-served students at Regis; in addition, an ideal candidate will have experience with holistic advising and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds. Outside of the foundational core, this position offers avenues for teaching in our signature Integrative Core, in our integrative programs (Catholic Studies, Environmental Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies) and in course offerings which support rhetoric and writing across the curriculum (such as our Writing Concentration).

Because the FYE is the first contact faculty and staff have with our incoming students, the Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition will contribute to FYE and campus-wide collaboration towards an environment which is both welcoming and intellectually engaging, an environment which fosters success for all our new students. As a member of the FYE Advisory Board, this faculty member will be a key contributor to shared oversight and assessment of curricular outcomes, offering particular expertise in outcomes connected to rhetorical proficiency both within the FYE and across the curriculum. In addition, this faculty member will play a leadership role in FYE efforts to offer robust, on-going faculty development relevant to teaching composition and rhetoric across a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and preparation. Finally, we are seeking a scholar-teacher with a strong interest in and capacity for a research program in the Scholarship in Teaching and Learning which can serve to enhance these programmatic efforts.
• Teach within the first two years for employment a 3-2 course load per year, thereafter a 2-2 course load as the faculty member assumes greater programmatic responsibilities and stronger leadership role in areas of professional expertise.
• Develop and implement faculty development workshops for teaching composition and rhetoric within the FYE and across the curriculum. Offer pedagogical support for new FYE faculty through class observation and mentoring. Help to create and maintain a digital repository of programmatic materials as well as curricular models and best practices for teaching composition and rhetoric.
• Participate in the FYE Advisory Council’s work to ensure high-impact learning for our students so that we deliver the programming and education students expect when they matriculate to Regis. Contribute to the work of that same Advisory Council to assess student, faculty and programmatic outcomes.
• Collaborate closely with Director of the First-Year Experience, the Director of Student Support and other stakeholders in making inclusive excellence a key element of our way of proceeding.

Minimum Qualifications

• Commitment to the values of a Jesuit, liberal arts education.
• Conferred PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or in English with specialization in Rhetoric.
• At least three years of full-time collegiate teaching experience.
• Proven experience and leadership in program development and operations.
• Understanding of the principles, procedures, and best practices involved in faculty development for teaching composition and rhetoric.
• Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze, and assess data related to student success, student learning outcomes, and program effectiveness.
• Ability to work with students of varying academic skill levels to provide support during this year of transition. Knowledge of how to manage student activities such that an atmosphere appropriate to learning is achieved.
• Ability to provide the students with the academic tools needed to persist and have a successful university experience.
• Ability to communicate and to collaborate effectively with students, faculty and staff and to incorporate those skills into the courses they teach to provide direction in the classroom.
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and flexibility.
• Ability to work with teams as well as independently.
• Professionalism in dress, manner, behavior, and communication. Sound judgment and diplomacy in interpreting Regis College and University policy in absence of supervisor. Confidentiality and loyalty to the University and to the Regis mission.
• Accurate keyboarding/typing. Moderate level of computer experience using Microsoft Office for Windows. Exceptional knowledge of appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage in writing and speaking the English language.

Preferred Qualifications
About Regis

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Regis provides values-based education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its motto, “Men and Women in Service of Others,” describes the purpose of Jesuit education: to form men and women who use their knowledge in the unselfish service of others. Regis is composed of five colleges: the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, Regis College, College of Computer & Information Sciences, College of Business & Economics, and Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, which includes the schools of pharmacy, physical therapy and nursing.
Beyond its historic campus in Northwest Denver, there are Regis campuses in Thornton, the Denver Tech Center and in Colorado Springs. Regis currently serves about 10,000 students in online and campus environments and has been ranked as a top school in the Western Region for 20 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

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“In accordance with its Jesuit Catholic mission, Regis University is committed to maintaining a humane atmosphere in which the civil rights of every individual are recognized and respected. Regis University does not unlawfully discriminate in either the provision of educational services or in employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law. Within this context, Regis University does reserve the right to give employment preference to persons who demonstrate by word and practice a commitment to the University’s mission and educational goals.”

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Close Date
Open Until Filled (Positions may remain open until we have an adequate applicant pool or the close date listed, whichever occurs first. Please consider applying for positions as soon as possible) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by Oct. 27 will receive full consideration. Applications received after Oct. 27 are unlikely to receive substantial consideration, unless the candidate is a particularly good fit for the position.
Please submit a letter of application; Curriculum Vitae and statement of teaching philosophy. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date. Questions can be directed to Dr. Jason Taylor at
Offer pending final budget approval.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents