Program in Writing and Rhetoric, English, Job Code 719IHE

Wayne, New Jersey
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) at William Paterson University seeks to fill two full-time non-tenurable faculty positions, at instructor or assistant professor rank to teach writing courses in the first-year sequence. The mission of the PWR is to create a strong culture of writing, across multiple contexts, guided by research and pedagogy in the field of Writing Studies. The PWR seeks to ensure students develop an understanding of the complex writing and rhetorical capabilities required in academic, professional, and everyday life. Positions are ten-month, renewable annually for a possible maximum of three years to begin September 1, 2017. Instructors carry a 4/4 teaching load in the first-year writing sequence.  A strong annual performance is expected in teaching and service to the program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting the PWR Director and Assistant Director in coordinating selected program activities or projects, which may include, for example, portfolio review, mentoring, or teaching workshops. The selected candidates will teach four courses per semester in first-year sequence; follow PWR guidelines for course content and teaching, including office hours, grading policies and course content; and support PWR assessment activities as needed. S/he will support Program in Writing and Rhetoric initiatives through participation in program meetings and activities, which may include development of workshops, assistance in course evaluations and placement essays.

A Master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric, Writing Studies, English, or related field; Ph.D. preferred. Appointment at rank of Assistant Professor (depending on qualifications). A minimum of three years of related teaching experience at the college level is required. Preference given to candidates with graduate course work in composition theory or pedagogy. Additional experience in WAC or WID programs and/or experience in writing center consulting preferred.

William Paterson University is a public institution of higher learning. The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs which range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 11,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370 acres suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

This position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including tuition waiver. 

Interested candidates must send a letter of application outlining teaching philosophy, accompanied by a current CV and the names and contact information of at least three (3) professional references via email to Kim Heisler at, or mail to William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applicants must reference the Job code in the letter of application. Review of applicants will begin immediately and end April 23, 2017 or until the position is filled. For additional information about the University, please visit

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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