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Term Faculty (Non-Tenure Track) - WRITING, RHETORIC AND DISCOURSE (21-22)

DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Jul 8, 2021

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DePaul University

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

Posting Details

Job ID: 73136
Rank: Professional Lecturer
College/School: Chicago, IL - College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse invites applications for an Instructor position, a full-time, one-year, renewable appointment. The successful applicant will demonstrate scholarly expertise and effective teaching in rhetoric and composition studies as it intersects with one or more of the following areas: African American rhetorics; Latinx rhetorics; Indigenous rhetorics; Asian American rhetorics; and race, rhetoric, and literacies. We also seek applicants with secondary interests in the rhetoric of health and medicine, policy rhetoric, and writing in social science contexts; we especially welcome applicants who are interested in collaborating in cross-disciplinary teaching.

Required Qualifications:
The Instructor position includes a 3-3-3 teaching load (three courses per quarter). Teaching responsibilities include courses in our innovative First-Year Writing program; the successful candidate will also develop and teach upper-level courses in their area of scholarly specialty. We are seeking candidates who can work across disciplines to forge collaborative teaching relationships. The Instructor in this position will have an opportunity to build interdisciplinary curriculum. Finally, the successful candidate will have opportunities to teach in our vibrant Liberal Studies Program and in our MA program.

DePaul seeks candidates with demonstrated cultural competencies to include teaching, service and research in diverse learning communities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
The Instructor position requires that the candidate hold a PhD with a specialty or concentration in rhetoric and composition or closely related field by September 1, 2021. DePaul seeks candidates with demonstrated cultural competencies that include teaching, service and research in diverse learning communities. To begin the application, please submit the following materials: a CV; a cover letter that includes description of your research and teaching experience; and a teaching statement that describes your teaching philosophy and how you enact a commitment to diversity in your courses. We will request three letters of recommendation later from candidates selected for interviews.

The department will begin reviewing applications on May 28.

Applicant Documents

Cover Letter(1)
Teaching Statement(1)



Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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