Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric, English & Philosophy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Drexel University was founded in Philadelphia in 1891 to provide educational opportunities for women and men of all backgrounds. Now, as a comprehensive research university with over 26,000 students across its 15 colleges and schools, Drexel’s strength in co-operative education, experiential learning, and translational research provides its students and faculty with excellent opportunities for career success. Known for innovation and dramatic growth, Drexel has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report, appearing among its Top 100 National Universities for the past seven years and on its Best Colleges list for the past 11 years.

Job Overview:
The Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with specialization in Composition/Rhetoric, to begin Fall 2018.

We invite applications from candidates who through their teaching, scholarship, and service will strengthen our department's numerous writing initiatives, including the first-year writing program, university-wide writing intensive courses, the Drexel Writing Center, ESL courses, writing courses within the major, the minor in Writing, the Certificate in Writing and Publishing, writing assessment, teaching writing with technology, and our MA program in publishing.

Drexel University is a comprehensive global research university of over 24,000 students, located in a lively urban setting, known for innovative leadership in experiential learning and use-inspired research. Drexel's academic calendar is built on 10-week quarters; this position carries a 2-2-2 teaching load, with the expectation of significant scholarship.

Qualified candidates for this position will: possess a PhD in Composition, Rhetoric, English, or a related field in hand by July 1, 2018; demonstrate promise as active researchers, with a track record of scholarly production beyond the dissertation preferred; a record of excellence in teaching; and the capacity to assume leadership and administrative roles in our writing programs.

Essential Functions:
- Teaching in the First-Year Writing Program - Teaching other courses in their field - Maintenance of a strong scholarly trajectory in the field - Committee service in the department, college, and university - Taking a leadership role in the development of new writing initiatives - Collaborating on writing assessment projects


Other duties as assigned.

Supplemental Posting:
Based in Drexel's Department of English & Philosophy (, this appointment begins in the Fall 2018.

Please submit an application letter and current CV to DrexelJobs at Please do not send
applications via email or regular mail. Applicants should submit only 1) a CV, and 2) a letter of application that summarizes how their strengths in teaching and research would contribute to our department. Letters of reference and a writing sample will be solicited at a later stage of the process.

Applicants should direct inquiries to:

Dr. Scott Warnock at

Review begins immediately, but materials should be received by November 30th for best consideration. Video-link interviews with promising applicants will be conducted after Thanksgiving, and finalists will be invited to campus in January.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

To apply for this position, please apply online at: or visit and search for Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric. The requisition number is 8545.

For more information about Drexel University, please visit www.drexel.

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