Writing Program Director/Assistant/Associate Professor, English

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    Writing Program Director, Assistant/Associate Professor of English

    Muhlenberg College seeks a full-time faculty Director for our nationally recognized Writing Across the Curriculum Program, who will also serve as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of English. Muhlenberg's WAC program includes writing-intensive courses in virtually all departments, First-Year Seminars for all incoming students, a writing fellows program in which trained undergraduate tutors are embedded in writing-intensive courses, and a Writing Center. The English Department teaches a wide variety of courses in literature and writing and is looking for a colleague with a specialty in any area of literature or writing to enrich department offerings and to help us prepare our diverse student body to read and write in the ever-evolving modes of the 21st century. 

     The most important part of a Muhlenberg professor’s job is teaching. We are a collegial institution that values scholarship, active learning, innovative pedagogy, professional development, interdepartmental collaboration, and inclusivity across identities and backgrounds.  Numerous opportunities to exchange ideas with the campus community are available through the programs of the Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning, our Center for Ethics, our Office of Multicultural Life, our Living Writers reading series and more.  

     Applicants must have had leadership experience in cross-curricular writing program administration as well as show evidence of professional engagement (publications, conference presentations, invited talks) in writing, rhetoric, or related fields. Applicants should be committed to Writing Across the Curriculum and have experience teaching writing pedagogy. The new Writing Program Director will be responsible for faculty development, including workshops for faculty on writing and writing instruction, as well as training and mentoring a staff of 50+ tutors in conjunction with the Assistant Director of the Writing Center. The successful candidate will also teach, annually in load, a course on the theory and practice of writing instruction. Other course offerings in literature and/or writing will depend on the applicant’s areas of interest. This position has a 1:2 teaching load.

     Experience and terminal degree required; Ph.D. preferred, specialization open. 

     Interested candidates should upload their completed applications as a single PDF file to our Workday application portal. A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter describing writing program administration experience and teaching and research interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and 2 sample syllabi (one in the theory and practice of writing instruction and one in the applicant’s specialty), (4) contact information for three recommenders, and (5) a separate statement describing how the candidate will enhance the Department and College’s efforts to become a more diverse and inclusive community. 

     Review of applications will begin November 23 and continue until the position is filled. Please send any questions you have about this position to the search co-chairs Dr. Barri Gold (English Department) at barrigold@muhlenberg.edu and Dr. Amy Corbin (Writing Program Committee) at amycorbin@muhlenberg.edu.   

    An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff from racial and ethnic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page for additional information about Muhlenberg's commitment to inclusive excellence and the College's Diversity Strategic Plan.

     Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is an independent, coeducational residential college of liberal arts and sciences located in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley roughly 60 miles from Philadelphia and 90 from New York City. Allentown is a diverse city of 120,000, and along with Bethlehem and Easton, anchors the third-largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania.  The region is home to a vibrant arts scene, a unique parks system, and a rich variety of restaurants.


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