Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in English (ENGL 5) Argument & Research

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7101572 (Ref.No. 3126595)
Posted: June 7, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: May 23, 2022
Deadline: Jun 08, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Position Description

The Composition Program seeks an adjunct faculty member to teach:

English 5, Argument and Research in Fall 2022

This course will be taught on the Moraga campus, in person, on Mondays,

There are two sections available for Fall 2022:

A. Wednesdays and Fridays 2:45pm- 3:50pm

B. Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am-1:05pm

In addition to teaching, instructors in the Composition Program are expected to hold regular virtual office hours (a minimum of three hours a week) in order to provide students with support outside of the classroom. Instructors are also expected to participate in faculty development including workshops, class observations, and syllabus collaboration. Course design must follow the program's common syllabus, meeting the requirements described.

Building upon English 4, English 5 continues to develop the rhetorical and critical thinking skills students need to analyze texts and to structure complex arguments. In addition, students practice evaluating sources, exploring arguments through library research, and supporting original theses with appropriate evidence. Through a scaffolded process, students write and revise two or more essays, at least one of which is a substantial research essay that presents an extended argument. This course prepares students for the Writing in the Disciplines courses that they will encounter in their major.


  • At least two years of experience teaching first-year writing (English 4 or 5) as the instructor of record at SMC or equivalent courses at an accredited institution. Outside applicants (non-BUFM) must also submit evaluations, evidence of course development, and evidence of teaching excellence. Experience must be within the last five years.

  • Successful completion of graduate coursework in Composition pedagogy

  • MA in Rhetoric and Composition, PhD in English, MFA in Creative Writing, or a similarly-defined field


  • PhD in Rhetoric and Composition

Candidates must reside in California.

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