Columbia, MO
Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

The Director of Composition will provide leadership of a large first-year writing program, which each semester averages around 100 sections of the freshman composition course, employing 65 to 75 graduate student and non-tenure-track instructors. Responsibilities include managing the training and supervision of instructors and supporting their professional development, working in tandem with other well-established writing programs at MU to foster a culture of excellent writing instruction on campus, chairing the department’s Composition Committee, and working with the Committee and instructors on development of the first-year writing curriculum. The Director of Composition reports directly to the Chair of the Department of English and is assisted by an Assistant Director of Composition. This is a twelve month position.


A PhD is required, with a preference for a PhD in rhetoric and composition. Extensive teaching experience in first-year writing is also required. Previous experience in writing program administration is preferred. Other desirable areas of expertise include ESL composition.

Application Materials

Apply using the online application. Be prepared to upload a list of three names and contact information for references, graduate transcripts, and CV.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

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