Assistant Professor - Writing and Linguistics

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Assistant Professor - Writing and Linguistics
Georgia Southern University

Requisition Number: 67625


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Assistant Professor - Search 67625
College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Writing and Linguistics

The Department of Writing and Linguistics in the College of Arts and Humanities invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing. This position is located on the Statesboro campus, but may require teaching on the other campuses.

Georgia Southern University is the state's largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta. With 141 degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern is designated a Carnegie Doctoral/Research university and serves more than 27,000 students on three vibrant campuses—the Armstrong campus in Savannah, the Statesboro campus, and the Liberty campus in Hinesville. Georgia Southern offers an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery, and personal growth. Nationally accredited academic programs prepare diverse scholars for leadership and service as working citizens.

Since 1906, the University's hallmark has been a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success. Central to the University's mission is the faculty's dedication to excellence in teaching and the development of a fertile learning environment exemplified by a free exchange of ideas, high academic expectations, and individual responsibility for academic achievement. Faculty, staff, and students embrace core values expressed through integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility.

Within this setting, the Department of Writing and Linguistics offers a B.A. degree in Writing with coursework in four areas: Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing, Writing Studies, and Linguistics. In addition to the major, the Department also offers minors in writing, linguistics, and professional and technical writing, and an online graduate certificate in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. The Department is an active participant in the online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program housed in the College of Arts and Humanities, and the interdisciplinary MA and online graduate certificate in Professional Communication and Leadership. The Department also defines and teaches the required two-semester sequence of First-Year Writing courses.

Position Description. Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Writing and Linguistics, the Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing will provide teaching (both online and face-to-face classes), research, and service. The ideal candidate will contribute to the growth and development of the Professional and Technical Writing area, the online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, and the M.A. in Professional Communication and Leadership, along with other Department programs and activities (which may include First-Year Writing). The position is a ten-month tenure-track appointment teaching three courses per term (six courses per year), and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Summer teaching is available but not guaranteed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in a field relevant and suitable to the Department of Writing and Linguistics—such as Technical, Professional, or Scientific Writing; Rhetoric and Composition; Linguistics; or closely related field. The degree must be in hand by August 1, 2019.
  • Scholarly agenda relevant to Technical, Professional, or Scientific Writing.
  • At least one year of part-time college-level teaching experience (may include graduate assistant teaching experience).
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of effective college-level teaching.
  • Experience teaching Professional and Technical Writing courses.
  • Relevant industry and professional experience.
  • Interest in teaching and developing courses in usability and UX, rhetoric of science, digital media production, rhetorics of health and medicine, and content strategy.
  • Publications or conference presentations in Technical, Professional, or Scientific Writing, or other relevant fields.
  • Experience developing and teaching online courses and programs.
  • Working knowledge of professionally relevant tools and technologies.

    Screening of applications begins October 21, 2018, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2019. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above as well as the applicant's teaching approach and research agenda; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Dr. Joanna Schreiber, Search Chair
    Search 67625
    Department of Writing and Linguistics
    Georgia Southern University
    Electronic mail: [email protected]
    P. O. Box 8026 Statesboro GA 30460-8026
    Telephone: 912-478-5908

    More information about the institution is available through or or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Vice Provost.

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    Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-5468 or HR-TDD: (912) 478-0791.

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    Posted: 10/5/2018
    Application Due: 9/27/2019
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