Reports to: Chair, Department of Language and Literature
Working Title: Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Summary Statement of the Job: The tenure-track position in Rhetoric and Composition requires a PhD in composition and rhetoric or similar discipline as well as college teaching experience. Particularly useful specialties: rhetorical theory, African American rhetorics, digital media, literacy studies, basic and professional writing, and writing program administration. Responsibilities in addition to teaching include student advising, scholarly research/creativity, and service to the department and university. The teaching load is 4/4, including first-year writing and advanced courses in our English writing concentration. Experience with and sensitivity to a diverse student body, especially non-traditional and minority students is a plus.
1. Teach four courses per semester, including first-year writing and upper-level and advanced courses in the English writing concentration.
2. Advise academic majors in the Department of Language and Literature.
3. Maintain active and sustained research agenda in area of academic expertise.
4. Serve the department and university on appointed academic committees.
5. Fulfill contractual obligations of faculty members as outlined in the Faculty Handbook.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in a variety of writing classes.
2. Ability to engage students and recruit and retain both undergraduate and graduate students.
3. Ability to serve as advisor and mentor to students in the English major.
4. Ability to effectively communicate with individuals of all professions, ranks, and personalities.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of the field of rhetoric and composition.
6. Demonstrated promise in research and scholarly productivity.
7. Willingness to assume writing program administration as needed.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: PhD in composition and rhetoric (or similar discipline) and college teaching experience are required at time of appointment.