Lecturer/Academic Program Associate-Teaching Mentor

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS



Position Overview

This position will be a 75% Lecturer/Academic Program Associate position to assist the Director of First & Second Year English and teach two undergraduate courses.

Job Description

10% -- Participate in new GTA Orientation in August the week before classes begin.  At Orientation, the Teaching Mentor is expected to participate in sessions, lead small group workshops on syllabus development and grading, and serve as a resource for new GTAs as they learn the policies and practices of the Department of English.
10% -- Support and guide new GTAs as they work with the syllabus and assignments by the instructor of English 801: The Study and Teaching of Writing and in the second semester as they take the practicum, including helping them to develop their individual course policies, course materials, and plans for class sessions.
46% -- Serve as a resource and support for new and other part-time instructors answering questions about teaching policies and practices and consulting as needed about classroom issues.  Review the teaching of new GTAs as they teach in their first  and second semesters.  The reviews consist of observing at least one class, examining the first set of graded papers, conferring with the teacher about the class observation and about the graded papers, and writing a review of these elements and each GTA’s teaching.  These reviews will be placed in the GTA’s employment files.
15% -- Teach one undergraduate course per semester of either English 101 or 102.  Prepare for and attend all class meetings, usually three hours per section.  In case of absence, the lecturer must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class.  Classes should not be cancelled.
15% -- Develop assignments, design class activities, respond to and evaluate student work, assign grades.  Adhere to department, college, and university policies
4% -- Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.  A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required.  These office hours should be dived over at least two days.  The lecturer should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.  Attend at least one professional development workshop annually.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in English.
  • Graduate student or former graduate student enrolled at the University of Kansas in the English Department’s graduate program of study.
  • At least four years’ experience teaching college English 101 and 102 at the University of Kansas
  • Must have gone through the English Department’s extensive orientation program for new GTAs/Lecturers and be able to mentor GTA/Lecturers in the teaching of English 101 and English 102.
  • The ability to work well with a wide range of people, including students, GTAs, Lecturers, full-time faculty, university support staff, University-level administrators, parents, and the general public.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD in English.
  • Evidence of ability to mentor new teachers.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Sonya Lancaster, sonyal@ku.edu, 864-2515

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Submit online application and attach a resume and cover letter addressed to Dr. Sonya Lancaster stating what you think you can contribute in this position and what your qualifications are. Include your relevant experience and academic training and your reasons for pursing the position.

    To ensure consideration, please apply by May 9, 2019.

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    Conditions of Employment

    Limited Term

    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Limited Term End Date


    Advertised Salary Range

    Commensurate with Experience


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