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The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for a beginning or an advanced tenure-track Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, with specialization in Writing Program Administration, to begin August 2021. The successful candidate will assume an immediate leadership role as Director of Composition. Standard teaching assignment for tenure track faculty is 2-2; course load while serving in this administrative position is 1-1, based on a renewable, three-year term. The Department of English actively recognizes writing program administration as a site of scholarly work and professional advancement, and in addition to collaborating with colleagues to develop the first-year writing program, the candidate will have opportunities to shape an undergraduate major in Professional and Public Writing and MA and PhD concentrations in Rhetoric and Composition. We are particularly interested in candidates who can advance the Department's commitment to building a diverse and inclusive educational community through research, teaching, and administrative activity. Women, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications include a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, English, or a closely allied field by the August 2021 starting date; a strong research and teaching specialization in Rhetoric and Composition and writing program administration; evidence of successful postsecondary teaching and administrative experience; ability to design and implement graduate courses     and professional development opportunities     focused on the teaching of first-year writing; and a commitment to shaping the vision and mission of the first-year writing program in collaboration with departmental faculty and other stakeholders in the university community. We also seek a candidate who demonstrates potential for success in the following areas: teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in Rhetoric and Composition; advising MA and PhD students in Rhetoric and Composition; and maintaining an active program of scholarly research and publication. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.

Desired qualifications include research and pedagogical interests in the scholarly work of writing program administration, including the ability to develop curricula, teach and collaborate with graduate teaching assistants and departmental faculty, and engage in program assessment. Research focus is open, but we particularly seek candidates with strengths in one or more of the following areas: anti-racist/decolonial writing pedagogy and assessment; critical race theory; multilingual composition; Global Englishes; cultural rhetorics. In addition, we welcome candidates with interests in community writing and collaborative work across disciplinary and administrative units.

 Auburn University is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions, and has recently been designated an R1 institution. In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News and World Report, it was ranked 46th among public universities. Highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence, with graduate and undergraduate degrees offered in more than 200 academic programs, Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. Located in a moderate climate with easy access to both beach and mountain recreational facilities, Auburn is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Montgomery. The Auburn-Opelika metropolitan area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems, a regional medical center, and is recognized as one of the "best small towns in America." The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD.

 Applications will be accepted online at http:/ /auemployment.com/postings/19255. Please be prepared to uploaded the following documents: cover letter (which should include a statement regarding how the applicant will advance the department's commitment to diversity and inclusivity through teaching, research, and/or service); curriculum vitae; writing sample; administrative philosophy; three letters of recommendation, one of which speaks to your teaching or administrative experience; unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required only upon hire); statement of teaching philosophy; and teaching materials related to first-year writing (including a syllabus and 2-3 assignment prompts). Review of applications will begin on October 23, 2020.

 Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an Auburn University commitment.  Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


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