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Department is Hiring a Visiting Faculty

Visiting Faculty of Writing. The Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University seeks to fill a full-time (9-month) Visiting Faculty position beginning January 4, 2024 and continuing through April 28, 2025. The ideal candidates will focus their careers on teaching general education first-year writing courses and on continuously developing their professional expertise as writing instructors. An PhD, MFA, or MA in Rhetoric/Composition, Writing, English, or closely related field is required by time of employment, and graduate coursework in rhetoric and composition is desired. Candidates need to have expertise and experience in teaching college composition; strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility; creativity and flexibility; and interest in social justice education, inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.


Grand Valley State University offers a unique curricular structure for first-year writing that centers on collaborative portfolio grading and working with imbedded writing center consultants; successful candidates will demonstrate interest in and/or experience with these pedagogical strategies. The typical teaching load is12-credit hours per semester. Please see the Department of Writing website,, for details about our first-year writing courses.


This is a one-and-a-half year, non-tenure track position, with the possibility of renewal up to three years depending on funding and need. This position is designed for candidates planning to seek permanent positions elsewhere. To help Visiting Faculty in their continuing job searches, we provide mentoring, research and conference travel support, and performance reviews. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in receiving candidate applications from underrepresented groups and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student populations.


To apply, send PDFs of the following application documents to the Department of Writing Chair, Christopher Toth at [email protected]: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3), a teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of how you foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through your teaching, and (4) a list of at least three professional references with contact information. Review of applications will begin October 16, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Online interviews will be conducted with all finalists. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. GVSU is an EOE which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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