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Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of English

Clemson University
Strode Tower

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of English

Strode Tower
Open Date:
Feb 29, 2024

The Department of English at Clemson University invites applications for several Postdoctoral Fellowship appointments to support the teaching and administration of first-year writing, starting August 2024. These full-time, benefits-eligible positions span three nine-month academic years (2024-25, 2025-26, and 2026-27), with a starting salary of $55,000 and possible summer teaching on a per-course basis.

Clemson is an R-1 land grant institution located in upstate South Carolina—a global university with a mission to serve the diverse communities of our state. The recently updated university strategic plan offers a three-tiered strategy to enhance student experience, increase faculty research, and expand the positive impact of the university within communities across South Carolina.

Consequently, the search committee is especially interested to hear from candidates with an interest in student engagement and community outreach, especially to traditionally underserved communities across the state.


This three-year fellowship includes service, research, and a 3/3 teaching assignment in first-year writing (English 1030) and occasional upper-level writing and rhetoric courses. Writing Postdocs are encouraged to incorporate their research interests into their teaching and are supported through group workshops and individual mentoring for their teaching and research. Postdocs also receive job market support as they seek academic and/or non-academic roles, including a series of workshops, mock interviews, and individual mentoring.

Postdocs engage actively in department and University life, reading groups, workshops, and pedagogical training. Postdocs work closely with the Director of First-Year Writing (Michelle Smith), as well as the Associate Director and the First-Year Writing Committee, on all aspects of our writing program.


We welcome applicants who will receive a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition or a related field by August 1, 2024. The Ph.D. must have been conferred within the past five years.

Candidates should have an active research agenda and experience with writing pedagogy and/or administration. We especially welcome applicants with an interest in developing an expertise in any of the following: mentoring and supporting MA students new to teaching first-year writing; incorporating generative AI into writing classes or developing course materials/policies for generative AI; supporting the development of themed first-year writing courses taught by experienced faculty or advanced graduate students; or exploring and implementing alternative assessment practices on a course or programmatic level.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references by March 15, 2024 for optimal consideration; review of applications will continue until all positions are filled.

Please direct questions to Michelle Smith,

You may submit application materials via Interfolio:

to Dr. Will Stockton, Chair, Department of English, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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