Work with students one-on-one and in small groups as a preceptor.

Signum University’s Department of Language & Literature is currently seeking Preceptors to join the faculty team at an innovative, global, online, educational institution.

We are particularly looking for candidates with expertise in the following areas:

We particularly invite experts in the areas of science fiction, popular culture, and the Inklings.

What Does a Preceptor Do?

Preceptors are part-time faculty who are hired into a pool from which Signum courses are staffed on a term-by-term basis. Signum courses are taught fully online in both synchronous and asynchronous modes by a faculty team. A typical week might consist of two 90-minute lectures delivered by the Course Lecturer and a 60-minute discussion session led by the Course Preceptor(s). The Signum term is typically 12 weeks long. The stipend for a Preceptor is $2,000 per section for a standard one-discussion-hour course; literature course sections are capped at 12 students and language course sections at 8 students.

The purpose of the position of Preceptor is to support the instruction of online language and literature classes by:

  • Leading live small-group online discussion sessions (typically 1 hour per week; more for translation seminars)
  • Liaising with the course Lecturer(s), as well as any other Preceptors assigned to the course
  • Developing, assigning and evaluating student writing, projects, and assessments
  • Providing feedback and clarification for students
  • Occasionally offering guest lectures and/or participating in roundtable discussions
  • Contributing to the life of the university through various opportunities for service
  • Committing to approximately 6-12 hours per week of self-directed reading, communicating with students, preparing for and leading sessions, and grading assignments.

General Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • An M.A. in English, Languages, or a related field (PhD. preferred)
  • Experience teaching a diverse population of students at the college level (graduate teaching preferred)
  • A high level of comfort and ability working with technology or a demonstrable willingness and aptitude to learn the technologies used for Signum’s digital campus (online teaching experience preferred).
  • Academic credentials, such as conference presentations, scholarly publishing, departmental service, etc.

Passionate, compassionate, knowledgeable, visionary (and fun) scholars are the ideal candidates for precepting at Signum!

Specific Qualifications

Imaginative Literature Candidates

In addition to the general precepting requirements, an Imaginative Literature candidate should possess:

  • A sound knowledge of at least one area of imaginative literature, such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, the Gothic, mythology, fairy-tales, and/or folklore (two or more areas preferred)
  • Familiarity with the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and the other “Inklings”
  • Experience teaching imaginative literature

Germanic Philology Candidates

In addition to the general precepting requirements, a Germanic Philology candidate should possess:

  • A sound knowledge of Old English and/or Old Norse
  • Expertise in either the linguistics and/or literatures of Old English and/or Old Norse
  • Experience teaching in one or both areas
  • Familiarity with the methods and material of Germanic comparative philology (the comparative study of Germanic languages and literatures)

Classical Greek Candidates

In addition to the general precepting requirements, a Classical Greek candidate should possess:

  • A sound knowledge of the Classical Greek language
  • Expertise in the major literary works and mythologies of Ancient Greece
  • Curriculum design experience in Classical Greek language and/or literature
  • Experience teaching the language and literature of Ancient Greece, especially on the graduate level

Medieval Literature Candidates

In addition to the general precepting requirements, a Medieval Literature candidate should possess:

  • Familiarity with a wide range of medieval English literature, especially Chaucer, Boethius, and/or medieval Arthurian literature
  • Some acquaintance with other medieval European or World literature in English translation
  • Curriculum design experience in Medieval literature
  • Experience teaching medieval literature, especially on the graduate level

Literary Theory Candidates

In addition to the general precepting requirements, a Literary Theory candidate should possess:

  • A sound knowledge of a wide range of traditional and contemporary literary theories and traditions
  • Familiarity with fantasy and science fiction literature
  • Curriculum design experience in rhetoric, composition, research methods, and/or literary theory
  • Experience teaching literary theory, especially on the graduate level

How to Apply

Send your C.V. and a letter of interest to the Department Chair, Sørina Higgins, sorina.higgins@signumu.org, copying her assistant, Anna Goodling anna.goodling@signumu.org. In your letter, please address which discipline you are applying for and please describe your level of comfort and experience with online teaching. Links to video samples of your teaching style are optional but recommended.

Signum University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.