Lecturer in Professional/Technical Writing
The College of Humanities and the Arts operates a faculty-led student marketing team that is responsible for creating marketing materials for the College and the Hammer Theater. Four instructors, of graphic design, photography, videography, and professional/technical writing, each teach a relevant section of HA 187 Creative Team Practicum. The goal of this course is to create an on-campus opportunity for hands-on practical application of concepts and skills for students from a variety of disciplines (Technical Writing, Film, Photography, Graphic Design) to learn and to collaborate in a fast-paced environment that produces real-world deliverables and is representative of work environments that graduates of these majors are likely to encounter in the beginning of their professional careers. The team produces logos, ad-blasts, posters, ads, brochures, flyers, digital banners, programs, blue postcards, web site content plus articles or written text for e-newsletters (Hammer’s Applause; School of Music’s Upbeat), blogs and/or magazines (H&A’s Expressions), video and photography. The work of the marketing team is coordinated by a project manager.
Brief Description of Duties
The College of Humanities and the Arts is searching for a part-time faculty to encourage critical thinking and iterative concept development within class assignments. We are especially seeking a professional writer with a well-established record of professional writing to teach HA 187 Creative Team Practicum. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Marketing and Communications project manager and the other faculty teaching the HA 187 sections in guiding the students in the team to create marketing materials for the College and the Hammer Theater. Lecturers are also required to participate in 1-2 faculty meetings each semester and provide assessment data and information to the College.
- The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
- Faculty shall organize all their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
- All classes must be offered and meet as scheduled throughout the entire semester or term, in the mode assigned and listed in the schedule of classes (i.e., asynchronous, synchronous, bichronous, in-person, or hybrid).
- Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing or Poetry.
- A clear demonstration of scholastic/artistic achievement, as evidenced by a current record of publications.
- Teaching experience in creative writing at the university level is required. Strong writing skills and an ability to direct and assess student writing within the context of a fast-paced class with real-world tasks.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
- Two years of writing teaching experience at the university level. Experience with professional writing beyond academic settings.
Salary Range - Commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Other items as needed (e.g., Statement of Teaching Philosophy; Statement of Expertise, including professional experience, courses you are qualified to teach; Diversity Statement)
- Please provide 5 professional references in the application form.
SJSU accepts applications on an ongoing basis for our pool of temporary lecturers. To be considered for Spring 2022 courses, application must be received by December 15, 2021.
Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position. Appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.
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