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Adjunct Faculty-Composition and Literature

The Department of Literary Arts at Point Park University seeks adjunct instructors to teach composition and literature courses, primarily in our newly-designed core curriculum. Required: Master's degree in English or related field; demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level; doctorate or ABD preferred.

At minimum, a Master's degree in one of the following areas (or, in a related field with substantial coursework in one of the following areas):

Creative Writing
Professional/Technical Writing

Doctorate in one of the above fields (or, progress towards a doctoral degree) is preferred.

Required Professional Expertise

  • Knowledge of and commitment to teaching strategies and methods which enhance student success, with particular regard to process-oriented writing and information literacy.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses or perform the duties effectively as described above.
  • Demonstrated ability to use classroom technologies and online course management systems (smart podiums, digital projectors, email, Blackboard, etc).
  • Ability to communicate well with students of diverse academic, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, including students with disabilities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others.

Desired Qualifications/Performance Expectations

  • Recent successful teaching of composition or literature at the college level
  • Demonstrated innovative teaching techniques and methodologies
  • Experience teaching diverse student populations
  • Experience developing and marketing new programs to diverse populations
  • Ability to participate in assessment of student learning

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Design courses based on approved syllabus, goals, and objectives
  • Participate in professional development activities and workshops
  • Promote a positive, dynamic, and student-centered classroom environment
  • Set aside time for one-on-one meetings/conferences with students to respond to questions, provide feedback, etc.
  • Work with the Program Director to ensure instructional quality and program quality.
  • Follow guidelines and policies set forth in the Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Application Procedure

Please send a CV; a letter of application detailing your area(s) of teaching interest, experience, qualifications, and availability for the Fall semester; a statement of teaching philosophy; a list of three professional references with contact information; and student evaluation summaries from at least TWO recent courses to Successful applicants are required to submit official transcripts and to complete an employment application.

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About the University: Point Park University is an independent, coed institution located in downtown Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 4,000 full- and part-time students in more than 50 majors and concentrations. To learn more about Point Park University visit

Posted on August 1, 2017