Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Letters

United States, North America
May 14, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources and collaborative power on creating solutions to some of the worlds most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Position Information

Posting Number: 6058

Internal Posting Date: 04-04-2012

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on:

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Position Title/Rank:

Multiple Position Numbers 30166235 (6186), 30166236 (6199), 30166237 (6200), 30166238 (6201), 30176299 (6336), 30176298 (6337), 30176475 (6338)

Multiple Position Numbers Yes

Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Arts and Letters

Primary Department: 10004054 WRITING, RHETORIC & AMERICAN CULTURE

Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Academic Year, 9 month

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Faculty

Employment %: 100


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Support Staff: Pay Minimum

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Position Summary: The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures seeks to fill up to five possible openings for the following position:

Full-time assistant professor, fixed-term; initial appointment for one year; teach three courses per semester. Subsequent appointment contingent on positive annual review, funding, and staffing needs.

The First-Year Writing Program at MSU includes both a developmental writing course and a set of thematically-focused 4-credit courses each of which satisfies the first-year general education writing requirement. Three emphases inform the program: cultural literacy practices, multimodal illiteracies, and writing as rhetorically and culturally situated. The department has shared learning outcomes for writing, reading, and research (

We particularly seek candidates with prior teaching experience or background in developmental writing and in college composition for multilingual language learners, including TESOL. We are also interested candidates with an area in Linguistics and/or Discourse Studies to contribute to ELL Writing and teach an occasional Introduction to Language Studies course for English Education undergraduates.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
A PhD in an area of composition, literacy education, or writing studies, and demonstrated commitment to first-year writing is required. Ongoing professional development and contribution to program initiatives is expected.

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Desired Qualifications: Participation in professional conferences relevant to the appointment is preferred.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
Other Document 2
Other Document 3

Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications should include a statement of interest in this position describing qualifications and experience and a current curriculum vitae.

Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Julie Lindquist, search committee chair, may be contacted at or at 517-355-2400.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Julie Lindquist / Professor /

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