Western Colorado University

Lecturer in English

Western Colorado University invites applications for two teaching positions in English at the rank of lecturer.

Duties: Responsibilities include teaching first-year composition as well as lower-division literature and creative writing courses.  The position requires teaching 24–30 semester hours, depending on administrative and discipline responsibilities. 

The English major at Western offers a standard major, a creative writing emphasis, and secondary licensure. The program also houses a new Humanities and Diversity minor and a Professional Writing Certificate in addition to first-year composition. This is a vibrant program with many co-curricular activities including the Contemporary Writer Series, Wordhorde—the student run visiting writers/open-microphone series—Sigma Tau Delta—the International English honor society—and Teaching Assistant program. 

Salary: $37,000–$38,000 annually, depending on experience.  Benefits include an employee/employer shared contribution retirement plan, life and health insurance, and dependent tuition reduction benefits, after one year of employment.

Start Date: August 1, 2020 

Qualifications: MA, MFA, or Ph.D. in English or Creative Writing. Must have excellent record of university-level teaching experience with thorough grounding in critical/literary analysis, flexibility in teaching a range of courses, the capacity to be mentored, and an enthusiasm for recruiting English majors.  

Application: To apply, go to www.western.edu/jobs and use our online application (see the "apply" link at the top of the job posting); required attachments to your online application include a cover letter, curriculum vita, academic transcripts, sample syllabi, and evidence of teaching excellence, including at least one year of student evaluations. Experience in at least one of these areas a plus: English Language Learning (ELL), Technical Writing, and/or teaching literatures that introduce students to an area or areas of diversity and/or intersectionality. 

In addition, please ask three references to send letters of recommendation directly to: cpetito@western.edu

For more information, contact: Cindy Petito (970) 943-2025; email: //cpetito@western.edu">cpetito@western.edu.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment.  

Application review begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3,400 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. It is a student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged campus and community. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western is also an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge. The university is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides significant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit http://www.western.edu to learn more about the university.

Western Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus.

Contact Information

Cindy Petito, Administrative Assistant
Communication Arts, Language, & Literature
Taylor Hall, Room 216, 1 Western Way
1 Western Way
Contact Phone: 
(970) 943-2025
Contact e-mail: