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Assistant Professor of English (Technical Communication)

Employer
Sam Houston State University
Location
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Job Details

Position Title:

Assistant Professor of English (Technical Communication)

Requisition:

202400052F

Rank:

Assistant Professor

FLSA status:

Exempt

Hiring Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience.

Position Type:

Full-Time Tenure Track

College:

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department:

Dept of English

Open Date:

04/18/2024

Quicklink:

https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/38733

Contact Name:

Dr. Carroll Nardone

Title:

Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Technical and Professional Communication

Contact Phone:

936 294 2203

Contact Email:

cfnardone@shsu.edu

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job:

The Department of English at Sam Houston State University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of English (Technical Communication) This 9-month, tenure-track position starts with the Fall 2024 semester.

The chosen candidate will teach three courses per semester (face-to-face and online) and support SHSU’s growing program in Technical Communication. Activities will include:Teaching the technical-writing service course, which is required by more than 20 majors on campus. Teaching upper-level and graduate courses in technical communication, rhetoric, design, style, digital literacies, proposal writing, ethics, editing, user experience, and intercultural technical communication (among others). Teaching in the online Master of Arts in Technical Communication.Cultivating and maintaining a research agenda. Supporting the program, department, college, and university through service.

Educational Requirements for the Position:

An earned PhD in Technical Communication, Professional Writing, or related field by August 26, 2024.

Experience Required for the Position:

Experience teaching (as the instructor of record) college-level courses in Technical Communication. Experience teaching Technical Communication in an online setting. Evidence of excellent communication skills.

In addition, desirable candidates will demonstrate the following:Evidence of an active research agenda that represents a broad stance on and approach to technical communication. Areas of need include design; user experience research and design; rhetoric of health and medicine; experience architecture; content management; innovative approaches to artificial intelligence; or similar. A commitment to working with the Center for Community Engagement to develop and foster community and industry partnerships. Experience working in a professional capacity in a communication field.

Other Requirements for the Position:

Faculty in Technical Communication teach in computer-based classrooms and have access to the Iris Technical-Communication Suite. This creative space provides faculty and students with industry-standard technologies in audio, video, print, and digital document production. Iris features the following tools:Professional sound booth.3-D printer.Audio/video workstations.Collaborative spaces.Document folding and binding equipment.Photography tools, including DSLR cameras, green screens, and softbox lighting.Mobile productivity devices, such as iPad Pros, GoPro camera, drone, and smartphone gimbals.

Interested applicants should apply online at http://shsu.peopleadmin.com. The first-round application requires the following materials:Letter of interest that includes the scope of the applicant’s research, teaching, and professional experiences and goals as they relate to the program in Technical Communication at SHSU and the students we serve.Curriculum vitae.Unofficial academic transcript for terminal degree (applicants may submit an unofficial transcript for initial screening, but all official academic transcripts are required for credential review prior to hiring).For ABD applicants: A letter from your dissertation director confirming that the PhD will be conferred by August 26, 2024.
Additional materials may be requested throughout the consideration process.

Special Instructions Summary:

SHSU’s growing program in Technical Communication is housed within the department of English. The program hosts a junior-level service course, ENGL 3330 Introduction to Technical Writing, which instructs approximately 600 students per semester. The minor and undergraduate certificate in technical and professional writing have experienced growth in recent years. The online MA program in Technical Communication launched in Fall 2019 and has since graduated 20 students. The program collaborates closely with the nationally recognized SHSU Online to deliver high-quality online learning to students around the world. Additionally, the faculty have worked to bring in community and industry partnerships that provide students with opportunities to develop their professional skills in technical communication through SHSU’s Center for Community Engagement.
About SHSU and the English departmentHome to a distinctive student population of over 22,000, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is in Huntsville, Texas, on the rapidly developing Interstate-45 corridor between Houston and Dallas. SHSU is 70 miles north of downtown Houston and 170 miles south of Dallas, ideally situated between the 4th and 9th largest cities in the country and two of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. In Fall 2023, SHSU welcomed its largest first-year class in history and celebrated a retention rate of over 75% for returning students.

A great name in Texas education, Sam Houston State University offers over 85 bachelor’s degree programs, more than 60 master’s degree programs, 10 doctoral programs, and 1 professional doctoral program (DO), including award-winning programs, nationally and internationally recognized scholars, and innovative initiatives to help students develop and succeed. SHSU is classified as a “R2: Doctoral University—High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, and it was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for being one of the top performers in social mobility. In addition, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classified SHSU as a “Community Engaged” university. This honor has been awarded to 311 public institutions nationwide, and it acknowledges SHSU’s significant commitment to serving the community. Learn more about SHSU here.
The Department of English is a large, multidisciplinary department composed of over 40 full-time and 45 part-time faculty members across specializations in literature, creative writing, technical communication, composition and rhetoric, secondary education, and language and linguistics. Students pursue degrees in English across the department’s various graduate programs in literature, creative writing, and technical communication, and the undergraduate degree in English. Additionally, the department houses the first-year composition program and the integrated reading and writing program that assists developmental students in their first-year composition classes. The department is located on campus in the Evans Complex, which contains dozens of classrooms designed for close discussion, dozens of faculty offices, two computer labs, a maker space, the award-winning Texas Review Press, a recently remodeled “engaged” classroom space, two conference rooms, a student lounge, faculty breakroom, and a 100+ seat auditorium capable of holding large lectures and film screenings.
The position is open until filled, but full consideration will be given to applications submitted by April 28, 2024; incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Open Until Filled:

Yes

EEO Statement:

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

Organization

About Sam Houston State University

For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service," resonates among its 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond its historical roots through research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.

SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students. With over 90 bachelor degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional; first generation; international; or online.

Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In fact, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a "Community Engaged Campus" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. This honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges the university's significant commitment to service.

Sam Houston State University has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging, although just an hour drive north of Houston. 

SHSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an "at will" employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215. SHSU is committed to promoting a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. The University acknowledges and values our responsibility to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and community recognize the benefits of collaboration and mutual respect through diverse identities and experiences.

Member The Texas State University System  

Company info
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Telephone
936-294-1070
Location
1905 University Avenue
Huntsville
TX
77340
US

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