Assistant Professor of English Rhetoric/Composition

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of English


The Department of English seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with a specialty in Rhetoric/Composition beginning August 16, 2021. The teaching workload is 3/3 with an additional 3 hours of reassigned research time. The department seeks candidates with evidence of research activity in the field of Rhetoric and Composition. Teaching assignments will include first-year writing courses, a pedagogy seminar for graduate teaching assistants, a course in composition theory and pedagogy, and courses in rhetoric and/or other undergraduate and graduate courses in a specialty area. This position will ultimately include writing program administration with additional reassigned time. The Department of English offers undergraduate and Master’s degrees in English as well as graduate certificates in TESOL, Technical Communication, and Advanced Writing. The department encourages collaboration with other departments and programs, including the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Black Studies, Native American Studies, the Center for Human Rights, and the Service Learning Academy.

Successful candidates need a PhD with a specialty in Rhetoric and Composition by August 16, 2021, demonstrated success in teaching undergraduate writing courses, evidence of research activity in the field of Rhetoric and Composition, and demonstrated potential for writing program administration.

Candidates must submit a portfolio that includes a cover letter, a CV, three letters of recommendation, a teaching philosophy, a 1-2 page statement of experience and dedication toward diversity and inclusion, and evidence of successful teaching of writing to the university website: The diversity and inclusion statement should 1) address how the candidate’s teaching philosophy and experience have fostered success with first and second-year college students; and 2) address the candidate’s philosophy on diversity, including but not limited to addressing the needs of students from underrepresented groups. Direct any questions to Search Committee Chair Dr. Travis Adams (

Review of applications will begin November 13, 2020. First round interviews via Zoom will begin in December, with campus visits (likely via Zoom) following in January/February 2021.

Located in one of America’s best cities in which to live, work, and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness, and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence in both the classroom and the community. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with a large number of first-generation and transfer college students and is also actively engaged with the demographically diverse Omaha community in myriad ways. UNO is also an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic and growing program in the College of Arts & Sciences that is actively engaged with other colleges on the campus as well as community partners.

The university and department have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty, and staff thrive and succeed. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with a large number of first-generation college students and is also actively engaged with the community in myriad ways. UNO is both a metropolitan university of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution. UNO transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

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