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Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition

Wells College
Aurora, NY, US

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 Wells College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition with experience in first-year writing program design and administration, to begin in the fall of 2023. We desire a colleague with current fluency in dynamic approaches to first-year writing pedagogy in the shifting landscape of higher education. A Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition or a related field is preferred by the time of appointment. The qualified candidate will teach a 3/3 load of both first-year writing courses and specialized courses in rhetorical studies, professional/technical writing, and/or other rhetoric-specific courses in service of our liberal arts curriculum–largely to be determined by the candidate’s area of expertise. Preference may be given to scholars and practitioners in the area of developmental writing.


Wells College is a private, four-year, Liberal Arts college located on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, on the unceded lands of the Cayuga Nation. We strive to embody a culture of belonging that empowers all to thrive. Our student body includes 35% of students identifying as a student of color and 32% who are first-generation college students. We are actively seeking to increase faculty and staff diversity. It is expected this professor will contribute to a culture of community and to reimagine our first-year writing program with this aim in mind. 


The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.   


Successful candidates will provide evidence of innovative teaching, investigative learning, conscientious advising, and their own continuing body of intellectual work. Applications should be submitted online at and include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, the names and contact information of three references, a brief teaching philosophy statement, research statement, and a brief diversity statement including ways of engaging students outside of the classroom. Review of applications will begin June 1st and will continue until the position is filled.    

The College is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all person regardless of (but not limited to) race, color, religions, ethic or national origin, sex, age, varying physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political beliefs.  The College is also committed to compliance with all applicable laws regarding non-discrimination.


Working at Wells College 

Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. It was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies. The College is known as an exceptional value, pairing top quality academic programs with affordable tuition. With a full-time enrollment of about 550 students, Wells boasts small class sizes, an extensive experiential learning program, cross-enrollment with nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College, and a wide range of off-campus study options.

The rigorous academic environment emphasizes close faculty/student interaction, undergraduate research, off-campus study, internships, and active community service and involvement. Wells offers 17 majors and 39 minors, in addition to individualized programs. Formerly a women’s college, Wells became coeducational in 2005.

The scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York is an area known for its beauty and high concentration of outstanding colleges and universities. The village of Aurora is centrally located and provides easy access to metropolitan, cultural, and educational centers — 25 minutes from Ithaca; 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse; 2.5 hours from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Canada; and 5 hours from New York City.

Full-time employees are eligible for a wide range of benefits including health and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, EAP, course attendance, dependent tuition benefits, 11 paid holidays and vacation, sick and personal time off.

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