Assistant Professor-Tenure System

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Position Summary

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University seeks a colleague in cultural rhetorics at the rank of Assistant Professor to join our department--an innovative, inclusive community that encourages intellectual and cultural diversity and is dedicated to preparing excellent communicators in the culturally, technologically, and economically dynamic environments of the 21st century. This is an academic-year, tenure system faculty appointment to begin August 16, 2019.  Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies or in a closely related field or discipline. 

 The successful candidate will demonstrate a promising scholarly trajectory that actively contributes to the field of cultural rhetorics, experience or interest in grant-seeking, engagement in culturally-sustaining teaching practices, and evidence of promise or interest in local and national service and/or leadership. An ability to teach across our undergraduate and graduate programs in writing (BA in Professional Writing; BA in Experience Architecture; MA and PhD in Rhetoric and Writing) is preferred. We are especially interested in scholars doing innovative work as researchers and teachers in writing studies, and who might be interested in serving in an administrative role after tenure.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Rhetoric & Writing or closely related field

Minimum Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies or in a closely related field or discipline. 

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit a) a cover letter b) current curriculum vitae c) a statement of teaching / research philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications d) a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence and the names and e) email addresses of 3 potential referees.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 10, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website      

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Department Statement

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. The College of Arts & Letters promotes an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members in order to achieve true excellence. The College of Arts & Letters is interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.  Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.




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Posted: 8/31/2018
Application Due: 10/30/2018
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