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Assistant Professor, General Faculty - Writing and Rhetoric Program

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Arts & Humanities, English Literature & Composition
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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The Writing and Rhetoric Program at the University of Virginia invites applications for three Assistant Professors of English, general faculty, beginning August 25, 2023. These are three-year, tenure-ineligible appointments with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon available funding, satisfactory performance, and need for the positions. Responsibilities will include teaching three courses per semester, typically two first-year writing courses and one intermediate or advanced writing or rhetoric course, and departmental service. Assistant professors on the general faculty, after serving for six years, become eligible for promotion to the rank of associate (tenure-ineligible) and afterward to full professor (tenure-ineligible).

A PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, English, Writing Studies or a related field or an MFA in Creative Writing is required for this position. We prefer applicants with experience in teaching composition, including experience teaching intermediate and advanced Writing or Rhetoric courses that may contribute to our planned minor in public writing and rhetoric. We are also interested in applicants with administrative experience in a Writing and Rhetoric-focused program.

Ideal applicants will demonstrate a commitment to supporting and developing diverse communities. They will have experience or teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • working with students from historically underserved groups (e.g. first-generation students, low-income students, veterans, students of color, native and indigenous students, and LGBTQ+ students)
  • teaching cultural rhetorics (e.g. African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, Disability, Queer, and others)
  • developing student experiences in digital writing and media
  • creating community-engagement courses and partnerships
  • encouraging writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines.

The Writing and Rhetoric Program is part of the English Department. It is a growing, energetic program whose faculty have a rich range of interests, including inquiry-based writing instruction, public writing and rhetoric, and the areas mentioned above.

To Apply:

Review of applications begins on February 8, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0043508. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.Complete an application online with the following documents in a single PDF:

  • Cover letter of interest that includes a summary of how you meet the stated qualifications, and demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations.
  • CV with names and contact information for three recommenders
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (one-page single spaced maximum)
  • Two sample syllabi, ideally one from a first-year writing course and one from an intermediate or advanced writing course

In a continuing effort to enrich the academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Virginia actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Stephen Parks, chair of the search committee, at

Questions about the application process should be directed to Melanie Sponaugle, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

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Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Education: Ph.D. or terminal degree. ABD may be accepted.
Experience: None
Licensure: None


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

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