Visiting Assistant Professorship in Rhetoric and Composition

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The Department of English invites applications for a full-time visiting teaching position in Rhetoric and Compositions. This is a one-year position that may be renewable for up to three years, based both on strong teaching evaluations and available funding.

Position responsibilities include teaching five courses per year in first-year composition (“ENGW 180: Writing & Research”) and first-year seminars, partnering with the library’s writing center (Center for Learning & Student Success), overseeing Writing in the Disciplines (WID) across the college and its assessment. Research expertise and/or experience in Disability Studies, developmental writing, writing across the curriculum, and digital literacies desirable.

Pacific University is a liberal arts college outside of Portland, Oregon, which is committed to cultivating a diverse learning community. Applicants are encouraged to elaborate on how their classroom and scholarly practices will serve to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment, including for under-represented groups, in their materials. 



Applicants must have completed a PhD prior to the fall of 2020, along with pedagogical training and experience in teaching composition at the college level.



  • For full consideration, applications should be submitted by Dec 5, 2019
  • Interviews to be conducted remotely in February 2020
  • Campus visits will be held in March 2020


Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample syllabus for ENGW 180 (see course description below)
  • Recent student evaluations
  • Three letters of reference

Please send your materials to English Search Committee ( We accept only electronic submissions, PDF preferred.  

Course Description: ENGW 180 - Writing and Research

In this course in academic inquiry, students design and develop a research project in a subject area of their choosing that culminates in a major written assignment. Students will learn the conventions of academic writing and develop critical reading and writing skills relevant across the disciplines to craft, revise, and edit professional prose. Upon completion of this requirement, students will be able to:

  • employ key rhetorical concepts — such as audience, purpose, and context — by analyzing and composing a variety of texts, including research-centered academic writing.
  • locate, evaluate, and analyze appropriate primary, secondary, and informal research materials.
  • apply writing strategies such as summary, analysis, and synthesis to integrate ideas from research materials.
  • demonstrate the ability to revise writing for substance, clarity, and correctness.
  • employ writing conventions and citation formats appropriate to the writing situation.

For more about the Writing curriculum at Pacific University, visit

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