Assistant/Associate Professor & Director of University Seminar - Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon

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Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon 97520

United States

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Assistant/Associate Professor & Director of University Seminar
Southern Oregon University

SOU invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to serve as Director of University Seminar, Southern Oregon University's 3-term required sequence of writing/critical thinking/information literacy. This position supervises 20+ professional and professorial faculty; manages all aspects of program and curriculum development; monitors enrollment, successful completion, and assessment of 800 first year students. Appointment includes teaching one 3-term seminar.

Teaching assignments may include University Studies/Seminar, online courses, Medford and Ashland campus classes, and day, evening and weekend courses.

Job Duties
Administration, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.

Oversee and direct all faculty, student, and curriculum decisions for required first-year course for entering students. Recruit, hire, supervise, and support faculty from Professorial and Professional ranks within the department, and from adjunct pool. Support effective teaching and advising through faculty development, faculty/student evaluations, and strong relations with Academic Support programs, Hannon Library programs, and Student Affairs. Manage University Seminar enrollments, support SOU student recruitment and retention goals, and manage student relations with University Seminar faculty. Advise and track students with transfer credits on catalog requirements for fulfilling University Studies Foundation goal. Collaborate with faculty to develop and maintain FYE curriculum that delivers content and pedagogies to support student learning and achievement. Coordinate assessment practices within program and within broader institutional assessment and accreditation requirements. Supervise University Seminar budget. Teach one section per term of University Seminar topics and/or workshop.

Minimum Qualifications:
(Fundamental/critical requirements of the position) PhD in Rhetoric/Composition or related field. Experience and training in first-year composition, writing program, or writing center administration. Excellence in teaching. Expected scholarly activity. Commitment to student assessment and retention.

Preferred Qualifications:
(Preferred qualifications that are not essential to performance of duties) Experience with/ability to interact with diverse populations and widely varied student demographics. Experience managing budgets and finances.

Lead work/Supervisory Responsibilities:
Plans Work
Assigns Work
Approves Work
Responds to Grievances
Prepares/signs performance evaluation/salary recommendations

Physical Demands:
(Physical requirements of the position)
Regular teaching and administering activities, including standing, sitting, lecturing.

Posting Number: 0600388

Working Title: Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of University Seminar/University Studies

Special Instructions to Applicants: Include contact information for three professional references in that section of the online application.

Finalist candidates shall provide copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the search committee at the time they are notified that they are a finalist. Candidates hired for a position shall have sealed official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees mailed from the granting institutions directly to the Provost. Transcripts must be received by September 1.

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
Teaching Philosophy

Internal or External Search:
External - open to all qualified applicants

Will this position be using a continuous recruitment pool? No

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Appointment Basis: 12 months

FTE: Other

Division: Academic Affairs

Department: University Seminar/University Studies

Job Location: Ashland

Hiring Pay Rate: Assistant $52,025/Associate $60,198

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Appointment Type: Faculty

Posting Date: 11-02-2011

Application must be received by: for priority consideration: 12-12-2011

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Anticipated Appointment Begin Date: 07-01-2012

Work Hours: (note if flexible schedule): 9 months 1.0 FTE during the academic year and .50 FTE in summer

Contact Name for Applicant Questions:
Elizabeth Whitman, Search Committee Chair
Contact Email:

For more information and to apply, visit

Southern Oregon University is an equal access AA/EOE employer committed to achieving a diverse work force and, as such, is an inclusive campus community dedicated to student success, intellectual growth, and responsible global citizenship.


Keyword Phrases

  • Education
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Best if Apply By 12/12/2011