Technical Communication and English Language Learners—Strategic Themed Faculty Hires

The College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide (ERAU-W) recently launched a new and innovative Virtual Environment for Communication: Teaching, Outreach, and Research (VECTOR). In support of this Center, COAS will add two (2) new faculty positions in the areas of Technical Communication and English Language Learners (ELL).


VECTOR’s stated mission is to support ERAU students and faculty in teaching, learning, and research related to written, spoken, visual, and digital communication. For students, VECTOR provides tutoring, workshops, and online resources through its Virtual Communication Lab. For faculty, workshops, online resources, and programming aimed at improving their students’ communication skills are the focus, supported by communication research produced by an interdisciplinary faculty group. As such, VECTOR provides a fertile environment for faculty collaboration and excellence in the teaching and scholarship of Communication as an academic area of study.


In continuing support of this initiative, COAS invites applicants for two additional faculty positions in the following disciplinary areas: Technical Communication (tenure-track) and ELL (non-tenure-track). These new faculty will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues across multiple disciplines to advance the body of knowledge associated with these areas. Specifically, COAS is seeking faculty who will contribute original research and curriculum development that advance theory, concepts, and practice.


Position and Application Requirements
Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Technical Communication Candidates should have a doctorate and supporting research agenda in Information and Communication Technology, Texts and Technology, Communication Studies, Information Science, Educational Technologies, Instructional Design and Development, or related areas. This faculty member will be expected to teach in the BS Communication program as well as for courses in technical writing, digital humanities, business communication, and data visualization. The successful candidate for this highly interdisciplinary position will work in the context of VECTOR to integrate with other collaborative entities, such as the COAS Human Security initiative and the developing COAS National Center for Emergency Services. S/he will support existing and planned degree programs in Communication and related areas while also establishing a record of excellence in scholarship that demonstrates a promising and ongoing research trajectory. The ideal candidate will have both academic and career experience that will enable an investigation of real issues at the cross-section of Communication and other disciplines.


Non-tenure-track Instructor/Assistant Professor of the Practice in ELL Candidates should have a master’s degree (doctorate preferred) with a focus in ELL, Bilingual Education, Applied Linguistics, or English for Speakers of Other Languages. ELL endorsement or certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is preferred. In addition to teaching English and/or Humanities courses, the successful candidate will work in the context of VECTOR to support a growing population of ELL students at ERAU, collaboratively developing appropriate courses and identifying solutions for issues related to the success of academic programs and the growing population of international students in these programs.


Consideration of applications will begin December 2, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled; expected start date is August 2020. Applications should include a current CV and a detailed letter discussing faculty experience, academic qualifications, and background that demonstrate a fit with COAS and the position. Candidates are required to secure three professional letters of recommendation, to be submitted confidentially by the references. Application materials should be submitted electronically at https://careers.erau.edu/. Questions and reference letters can be directed via email to Alex Rister, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide COAS currently offers four bachelor’s and three master’s degrees, with more planned for the near future. In addition to degree programs, COAS provides over 2,000 sections of general education courses as part of every degree program within ERAU-W, with a focus on developing students’ critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, communication, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, and collaboration skills. The Worldwide campus enrolls over 23,000 students, delivering courses globally online, synchronously to both homes and classrooms, and face-to-face at over 130 locations. ERAU-W earned the #1 ranking in 2019 for Best Online Bachelor’s programs from U.S. News & World Report.

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