Career Instructor Positions at University of Oregon

We continue to actively review applications and invite interested colleagues to apply.

The University of Oregon’s English Department invites applications for non-tenure-track positions of Career Instructor in English to teach in the Composition Program beginning September 16, 2018. The Composition Program is one of the largest units on campus, serving approximately 7000 students per year. Successful applicants will join a vibrant teaching community of Career Instructors and graduate student teachers, whose teaching and research interests include multilingual writing, social justice, critical race theory, environmental studies, digital humanities, and writing studies. Teachers have opportunities for professional development and participation in program development. Recent and upcoming activities include teacher-organized reading and discussion groups on inclusive pedagogies and on difficult classroom conversations and a symposium on anti-racist writing assessment. We seek candidates specializing in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely related field. Competitive applicants will have training and recent full-time experience teaching college-level argumentative writing to students from diverse backgrounds. The course load is 3 per term, totaling 9 courses per year, teaching primarily in the lower division writing courses: WR 121 (Written Reasoning as Discovery and Inquiry), WR 122 (Written Reasoning as a Process of Argument), and WR 123 (Written Reasoning in the Context of Research). Typical enrollment in Composition Program courses ranges from 18-23 students per course. Depending on training, experience, and departmental needs, some Career Instructors may be asked to teach in other areas. We especially encourage applicants with experience and/or training in multilingual writing, digital pedagogies, or other scholarship that foregrounds underrepresented people and epistemologies in the university. All teaching positions in English involve student advising, departmental service, and participation in program assessment. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

This is a non-tenure-track, nine-month, renewable position at 1.0 FTE. Annual contracts are renewable for the first four years of employment, followed by a two-year renewal. Career Instructors are eligible for promotion to Senior Instructor after 18 terms of teaching. Salary floor is $39,292, and salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Oregon offers a competitive benefits package.

Minimum Requirements: M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely related field; previous training and recent full-time experience teaching college-level argumentative writing to first-year students from diverse backgrounds; Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely related field preferred.

The University of Oregon is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this effort. In particular, candidates should describe previous activities mentoring students from underrepresented groups. The University of Oregon strongly encourages applications from underrepresented communities.

Candidates are asked to apply on line at by submitting an application letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a teaching history, and evidence of successful teaching by November 15, 2017 or until the post has been filled. If you are unable to use this online resource, please contact to arrange alternate means of submitting application materials.

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries.  In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.