Assistant Professor of English, Tenure Track, August 2021

The English Department, within Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, at Chapman University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, beginning August 2021. The position is pending budgetary approval and the lifting of Chapman’s hiring freeze.

Chapman University is a nationally-ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The University achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty.  Chapman University's English Department offers an undergraduate major that integrates cultural studies, literature and rhetoric, and MA and MFA degree programs at the graduate level. The English Department is also home to a robust Graduate Teaching Associate program, and the successful candidate would be able to participate in preparing and mentoring GTAs.  More information about Wilkinson College, and the University is available at

Chapman University is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion across campus. As part of this ongoing work, the President recently announced a new Vice President position in Diversity and Inclusion to coordinate existing efforts across departments and offices and to cultivate new initiatives that support faculty, students, and staff. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at In addition, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences has established Engaging the World, a series of semester-long, interdisciplinary examinations of key societal issues, beginning with “The Significance of Race” in Fall 2020:


A Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or a related field by August 1, 2021 is required.

We welcome candidates who will be able to contribute to Chapman’s developing interdisciplinary minors in Africana Studies, Asian-American Studies, Disability Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies, LGBTQ Studies, and Women’s Studies.  We seek candidates whose research and teaching focuses on one or more of the following fields:


  • African American/African Diasporic Rhetorics
  • Asian/Asian-American Rhetorics
  • Indigenous/Native American Rhetorics
  • Latinx Rhetorics
  • Muslim Rhetorics


Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda for future tenure consideration and are evaluated on their research/scholarly/creative activity, teaching, and service. The faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise student theses, and maintain active research and publication agendas.

Qualified applicants should electronically submit:

·         A letter of interest

·         Faculty employment application

·         Curriculum Vitae

·         List of three references

At Academic Jobs Online at

Writing samples, dossiers with letters of recommendation, and a statement on diversity and inclusion will be requested after initial review of applications and CVs by the search committee.  

Applications submitted by November 15, 2020 will receive first consideration.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Chapman University offers a relocation expense reimbursement package as well as a first-time Orange County homebuyer assistance program, and other competitive benefits.  This position is subject to final budget approval.


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