Academic Unit: English Language and Literature
Category of Appointment: Term
Field of Specialization: First Year Writing
Rank/Position Title: Instructor
Start Date: July 1, 2018
Closing Date: Review of Applications Will Begin June 11 and Continue Until the Position is Filled

About the Position:

The Department of English Language and Literature invites applications from qualified candidates for a one-year term appointment in first-year writing at the rank of Instructor beginning July 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a 3/4 course load in first-year courses.

About the Academic Unit:

Carleton’s undergraduate English program offers students the opportunity to study texts that give voice to the aspirations and struggles of their authors and their ages. Examining the pressing issues and enduring ideas behind literature, students discover how literary texts help us make sense of today’s complex issues. As they hone critical and creative skills in writing, analysis, and research, students develop a respect for questions that cannot be reduced to easy answers or practical outcomes. Our courses are taught by internationally-recognized professors and cover texts from a broad range of cultures, places, and time periods, including British, Canadian, Indigenous, American, African, South Asian, Celtic, and Caribbean writings. Students may also take workshops in creative writing and drama, and, if they wish, pursue concentrations in Creative Writing and Drama Studies as part of the larger English degree. Students majoring in English also have the opportunity to participate in our co-op program, which incorporates paid, full-time work experience into their university education. We also offer minors in Digital Humanities and Drama Studies, as well as the literature stream in the Bachelors in Global and International Studies program.

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The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the designated area and a substantial record of successful teaching in first-year writing.

Application Instructions:

Please send complete applications, including a curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier that includes a statement of teaching philosophy, to Dr. Robin Norris, Chair, Department of English Language and Literature, in one single PDF file to Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately. Review of applications will begin June 11 and continue until the position is filled.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 29,000 students, 950 academic faculty, and 2,000 staff and more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking enabling minds to connect, discover and generate transformative knowledge. We are proud to be one of the most accessible campuses in North America. Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital city has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary.  Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.