Wednesday, February 17, 2010

181. Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing
Western Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies and Director of First-Year Writing, to begin August 2010, pending budgetary approval.

Salary: Salary competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing studies; appropriate research in the field; experience in the administration of writing programs, including experience with computer labs/digital technologies to support writing instruction; and an exemplary record of teaching.

Duties: Administer the department's First-Year Writing and Developmental English programs; teach required graduate seminars and orientation sessions, supervise and mentor teaching assistants and part-time faculty, develop program curricula, and administer course assessment; teach graduate courses in writing theory and research as well as advanced undergraduate courses in rhetoric, writing, and professional communication; engage in research/creative activity; serve on appropriate departmental committees.

Western Michigan University, located in southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until April 10, 2010. Applicants must visit to apply. At the career site, applicants should upload a letter of application, a vita, and a statement of the applicant's philosophy on mentoring and administering first-year writing. Three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, and a non-returnable writing sample, should be sent electronically to or, if only accessible in hardcopy, mailed to Dr. Richard Utz, Chair, Department of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331. For information on the department, please visit:

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