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Part-Time Instructor - Composition (First-Year Writing Program)

Position Summary:

The First-Year Writing Program in the Division of Humanities is seeking applications from candidates interested in teaching courses on a part-time basis for the Spring 20189 semester, and for the purposes of developing a deeper pool of qualified instructors to meet our growing needs.  The First-Year Writing Program serves all incoming students at the University and offers several sections each semester in the Composition sequence, a General and Liberal Education (GLE) requirement for all undergraduate students. Courses have a maximum enrollment cap of 18 students per section.

Current teaching needs include the following:

  • First-Year Composition Tutorial is designed to give underprepared students the support they need to be successful in Composition I. The Tutorial sections include 3 hours of class time per week, adhering to a MWF schedule. Attendance at one tutoring session with the class-linked tutor a minimum of four times during the semester is required.  All writing projects, consisting of at least three drafts, will also include direct instruction on vocabulary and grammar for each of the 4-5 class papers.


  • First-Year Composition I is the first in a series of two courses for those who must excel in reading and writing at the college level. The central question is, “How well does the writing respond to the needs of the audience(s)?” Students will learn to attend to the context and purpose for the writing and select credible, relevant sources to develop ideas as well as refine the ability to analyze and comprehend texts. Addresses GLE Learning Outcomes Critical Reading (CR) and Written Communication (WC).


  • First-Year Composition II is the second in a series of two courses for those who must excel in presenting error-free writing at the college-level. Building on the central question for FYC I, “How well does the writing respond to the needs of the audience(s)?” students will further develop their ability to attend to the context and purpose for the writing and select credible, relevant sources and evidence. Students will also learn disciplinary conventions and refine proofreading skills. In addition, students will master the basics of presentations: the central message and organization and use of supporting materials. Addresses GLE Learning Outcomes Written Communication (WC) and Oral Communication (OC). Prerequisite: C or better in GLE 110.


Experience and Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in English, preferably a Composition & Rhetoric concentration or related field.
  • Documented teaching experience and pedagogy at the college level
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups of students as well as other composition faculty
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility in scheduling

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Franklin Pierce recognizes the impact of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at or 603-899-4075. We will make ever effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

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