Assistant/Assoc Professor, Dept of English, Writing Program Administration

Biola University invites applications for an open-rank, full-time, tenure-track position as English Department faculty member and Co-Director of the English Writing Program (WPA), to begin in August 2020.

Department Background: The English Department houses 11 tenure-line faculty members, with responsibilities ranging from literature and language instruction to writing center and core curriculum work. The department offers bachelor’s degrees in English with concentrations in Literature, Secondary Education, and Creative Writing. The department is also home to 10 adjunct instructors who teach composition and other courses in the University’s Core Curriculum. Writing in the Core operates vertically, with a first-year WAC writing course, a second-year writing-intensive literature course, and a third-year WID writing course. The English Writing Program (EWP) is nested within the English Department, which in turn is housed in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, as well as experience creating and supporting high-impact practices.

Job Duties: This faculty member will teach in the Core and the English major programs, participate in departmental, school, and university service, and conduct research and publish in the discipline. Additionally, the English Department functions under a collaborative leadership model, where individual directors meet and provide cross-programmatic support to one another. As co-director of the writing program, the person hired into the position will work collaboratively to:

●      Coordinate writing courses in the University Core Curriculum

●      Provide pedagogical mentorship, support, and development for FT faculty, adjunct faculty, and TAs

●      Liaise with the chair regarding course assignment and development

●      Conduct reviews of syllabi and textbook requests

●      Guide policies that affect the teaching of writing

●      Coordinate NTT faculty and grad/undergrad teaching assistants

●      Create and support professional development opportunities for all faculty

●      Assist departments in developing curricula to support writing in the disciplines


Minimum Qualifications: PhD in rhetoric/composition or writing studies, MFA in writing with sufficient experience as a WPA, or an equivalent terminal degree conferred by the start date. Must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, work effectively in a team, seek continuous improvement, and adhere to the university philosophy.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience administering writing courses in a University Core Program, or demonstrated potential for such work in writing program administration. A record of national publication (or forthcoming work). Experience teaching writing online. Experience teaching writing in the disciplines.

About Biola University

Biola University is a small, private, evangelical Christian university in which faculty profess personal faith in Jesus Christ, endorse a university statement of Christian faith and community values, and are committed to the integration of faith and learning. See the institution’s articles of faith and statement of biblical principles at  Biola serves a student population of over 6,000 and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC). Located in La Mirada, CA, Biola University is situated on the border between Los Angeles and Orange County, home to one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world. Biola University affirms the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to develop a faculty team of diverse professors who demonstrate intercultural competence and proficiency.

Application Materials: Please submit the following (6) items through this online system.

●      Letter of Interest

●      Current resume/CV

●      Teaching philosophy

●      WPA philosophy

●      Christian testimony

●      Small portfolio of administrative and/or relevant teaching materials

Similar searches: Full-time, Composition and rhetoric, 4-year college or university, English, California, Professor, Assistant