We seek talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning and who will help us realize our vision. As a private institution, Aurora University expects faculty to be involved in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience. To facilitate this highly interactive faculty/student relationship, the typical teaching load is three 4 credit-hour courses per semester and student advising is supported by professional staff. Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required for all positions. Undergraduate faculty share in the delivery of the general education program, most often by teaching within the university's interdisciplinary core.
PROFESSIONAL WRITING: Tenure or Clinical Track Assistant Professor
While review of applications will begin immediately, applications received by March 15, 2019 will receive full consideration, though review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The Aurora University Dunham School of Business and Public Policy invites applications for a Tenure- or Clinical-Track Assistant Professor of Professional Writing with appointment to begin in August 2019. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate coursework in Business & Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Journalism, PR/ Advertising Writing, Grant Writing, and Digital/Print/Social Content Writing. Teaching at the graduate-level may also be required. The position may also entail the teaching of interdisciplinary courses for Aurora University's General Education program. A faculty member in this role will also advise a professional writing-related student organization, mandatory student professional writing internship placement, and champion the growth and enrollment in the undergraduate Professional Writing major.
As participating members of the faculty, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the activities of the School, including assessment, service, and mentoring. Professional activity as defined by the faculty appointment is required.
Teaching and work experience are highly valued. Prior higher education teaching experience preferred. A PhD or MFA in Rhetoric or Composition (emphasis in Professional Writing) or related discipline is required for tenure-track appointment (A.B.D. candidates will be considered). A MA or MS in Professional Writing or related discipline with significant industry and professional experience is required for clinical-track appointment.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.