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POOL – Lecturer and/or Online Lecturer
University of Kansas

Date Posted Apr. 8, 2024
Title POOL – Lecturer and/or Online Lecturer
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department English
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • English
POOL – Lecturer and/or Online Lecturer

Position Overview

The Department of English at the University of Kansas wishes to establish a pool of resumes from qualified scholars and professionals who are interested in applying for part- to full-time lecturer and/or online lecturer positions. Lecturers are non-tenure-track members of the faculty whose primary role is instruction with no obligations to perform research or service. Though usually lecturer appointments are for teaching first and second-year English courses, applicants may be hired, as the department needs them, to teach other courses at a higher level for which they are specifically qualified. Lecturers will be hired from this pool for the coming semester and as needed for future semesters.

Employment will be part-time and contracts will be committed on a semester basis. Normally, part-time lecturers can expect to teach in the fall and spring semester two sections of one of the first two required composition courses. There is a possibility that extra sections of these courses could be available in the fall, depending on enrollment, and that lecturers could be rehired in subsequent semesters if their teaching performances are strong. We must emphasize, however, that for budgetary reasons we may not be able to retain new lecturers past the initial contract period. During the first year of teaching English courses at KU, lecturers must attend an orientation session in August before classes start, meet with a supervisory teacher who will observe at least one class session, and review grading practices. Application materials will be reviewed by the faculty and placed in a pool for consideration based on departmental instructional needs.

The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job Description

100% - Regular Lecturer Duties:
  • Teach a specified number of either undergraduate or graduate courses per semester.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. Develop assignments, design class activities, respond to and evaluate student work, assign grades, and provide timely feedback and instructor/student interaction.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. Three office hours each week are required. Be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.

100% - Online Lecturer Duties:
  • Teach a specified number of either online undergraduate or graduate courses per semester.
  • Prepare for and attend all online class meetings. Provide timely feedback and instructor/student interaction in synchronous or asynchronous online course format with occasions for online office hours and/or Q&A sessions. Regular weekly interaction is expected in online courses.
  • Provide instruction for course(s). Classes may be in a 16-week, 8-week, or mini-semester format. If class meetings are asynchronous, instructional expectations match those of the face-to-face experience.
  • Administer assignments, evaluate student work, provide timely feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Be available for students involved in classes taught. “Office hours” may include a set time where students can contact the instructor, but must also include expectations for timely responses to student inquiries outside of a set contact time.
  • Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in C.V., and (3) information provided from professional references.

Required qualifications for Regular or Online Lecturer Duties:
  • A graduate degree in English (M. A. or higher). Lecturers teaching undergraduate courses are required to have at least a Masters in the discipline; OR, if they hold a Masters degree in a discipline other than English, they must have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield in which they teach. Lecturers teaching graduate courses are required to have a terminal degree in the discipline.
  • A record of successful college-level teaching of English composition or critical reading and writing.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications for Regular or Online Lecturer Duties:
Although we prefer the Ph. D., those holding the higher degree will not automatically be ranked above other applicants.

Contact Information to Applicants

Professor Sonya Lancaster
Department of English Wescoe Hall

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete electronic application will include:
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter that explains teaching and educational experience (what courses, where they were taught) and describes a teaching philosophy
  • The names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references.

Review of applications is ongoing and hires will be made as positions become available.

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