Assistant or Associate Professor-Professional & Technical Writing

Job description

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor and Director of the Professional and Technical Writing Program (PTW) to start August 2019.

The mission of the PTW program is to prepare students to participate critically and ethically in professional and technical communication upon graduation. To that end, the PTW curriculum offers courses in critical theory, professional and technical communication, design, and user experience to help students gain:

  • a theoretical understanding of professional and technical communication and user experience
  • professional and practical skills within the field (e.g., common genres and deliverables, audience and user research, written and visual communication, technical writing and editing, project management, print and web design, usability testing)
  • an understanding of the ethical concerns, responsibilities, and dimensions of the field
  • technological and visual literacy skills (e.g., design, prototyping, editing, and content management applications)
  • the ability to work critically and collaboratively to complete projects.

The successful candidate will be dynamic and energetic with strong teaching, administrative, and interpersonal skills and an active research agenda.

Administrative duties include the following:
  • Directs the program with attention to three areas: creating opportunities for community-building between PTW students and faculty; developing innovative curriculum with cross-disciplinary approaches; and, seeking out opportunities for greater program visibility (on and off campus)
  • Oversees all aspects of the PTW Program as track, as minor, and as a certificate
  • Oversees professional and technical communication courses (ENGL 2080 and 2090) as it applies to the university-wide general education writing requirements
  • Oversees the curriculum and development of the program
  • Hires, supervises faculty, and provides professional development for non-tenure-track faculty in the program (both face-to-face and remote faculty)
  • Writes the annual merit reviews of the PTW instructors (presently 9 faculty)
  • Generates the annual assessment report in collaboration with faculty who teach in the program
  • Oversees expenditures from financial accounts assigned to the program
  • Advises all students (40-50) enrolled in the program from across the campus
  • Oversees professional/technical communication internships (approx. 4-6 per semester) and serves as liaison to participating businesses and organizations
  • Liaisons with community organizations and businesses for service learning opportunities in PTW courses
  • Holds a 9-month tenure-track contract. A summer stipend is paid to the director covering administrative oversight of the program during the summer session.

Teaching load: 2/2

Teaching duties include the following:
  • Oversees professional/technical writing senior portfolio course (currently ENGL 4090, approx. 10 students per academic year) and serves as a liaison to participating businesses and organizations
  • Teaches two courses (ENGL 4090 included) per semester in professional and technical communication (offload every other year for directing internships)
  • Develops 3000- and 4000-level professional/technical communication courses, such as special topics in diversity, intercultural communication, user-experience, and theory seminar.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on benefits programs can be found at:

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS is among the fastest growing universities in the state and is consistently ranked as one of the top Western regional universities by U.S. New & World Report. Colorado Springs, (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.


Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Technical Writing/Communication or English/Rhetoric with graduate level work in Professional and/or Technical Writing/ Communication from an accredited college or university.
  • Completed Ph.D. by June 2019
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching professional and technical writing/ communication at the college level
  • Minimum of 1 year experience administrating a writing program
  • Active research agenda in writing program administration and/or technical writing/communication.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience administrating a professional/technical writing/communication program, particularly with regard to faculty professional development, course management, and cross department/campus coordination/collaboration with service learning courses
  • Areas of specialization in usability studies, user experience, and/or information design.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Full consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 1, 2018. Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected] Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:In order for an application to be considered, applicants must label each required attachment with the relevant title, attach the required documents for this position announcement to the submission and check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in the submission. When applying in CU Careers, applicants must include: • Cover letter • CV • Teaching statement • Research statement • Administrative philosophy statement • Unofficial graduate transcripts • Contact information for three references If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected] Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40054 - LAS-English

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 3, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Alex Ilyasova

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00481315





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Posted: 12/2/2018
Application Due: 1/31/2019
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