Associate/Full Professor of English, Writing Across the Curriculum Director

Who is Saint Louis University? Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

Position Description

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit university, seeks to hire a PhD in English or Rhetoric and Composition to act as the inaugural director of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), a position that will comprise 50% of the position description. The other 50% will constitute a tenured professorial appointment in the Department of English. This individual will teach two courses a year for the Department of English and be responsible for:

  • initiating, developing and maintaining a WAC program as part of the university’s new undergraduate University Core Curriculum
  • working within the University Undergraduate Core Committee to review interdisciplinary course proposals for writing intensive courses and organize assessment
  • training and providing resources for instructors and faculty members developing and teaching writing intensive courses (in collaboration with the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning)
  • ensuring broad commitment to employing a racial equity lens to develop and evaluate writing across colleges, schools and disciplines
  • coordinating with SLU’s University Writing Services to develop best practices for writing intensive course support

The successful candidate will have a primary emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition with an interest and/or specialization in WAC/WID. Experience in administration and institutional expertise is expected.

Successful candidates will have secondary specializations in areas that meet extant curricular needs in the Department of English:

  • Minority Rhetoric
  • Cultural Rhetorics
  • Writing Center Pedagogy
  • Technical and Professional Communication

The WAC program is a key component of Saint Louis University’s new undergraduate University Core Curriculum in that all undergraduate students at SLU must complete one writing intensive course beyond first-year writing. This core component is part of the University Core’s four-course Eloquentia Perfecta sequence, which includes written and visual communication; oral and visual communication; creative expression; and one writing intensive course.

Position Duties

(50%) Administration (see above)

(30%) Research:

  • Publication of monographs and articles in refereed journals
  • Community outreach initiatives in keeping with the University’s commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Delivery of papers at regional, national, and international conferences and meetings

 (20%) Teaching:

  • Instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses across the English department curriculum
  • Mentoring undergraduate students and graduate students, and serving on graduate committees

Minimum/Required Qualifications


  • Ph.D. in English or Rhetoric and Composition or a related field
  • Evidence of administrative success in institutional or organizational capacities
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices, policies, and programs
  • Evidence of high-impact undergraduate teaching and curricular development
  • Evidence of an established research agenda


  • Administrative experience designing pedagogical workshops and/or training sessions for faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and instructors
  • Record of success in curricular development and implementation in undergraduate and graduate rhetoric and writing courses
  • Experience mentoring faculty and graduate students
  • Expertise in the use of technology in writing pedagogy
  • Expertise in teaching writing center pedagogy

Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the materials to the Workday system via SLU’s Human Resources website ( Applications must be submitted through the HR portal. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 1, 2020.

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A two-three page cover letter addressing qualifications for the position criteria outlined above, describing a compelling research agenda, and demonstrating a commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching

For additional information please contact:

Visit to learn more about Saint Louis University. To learn more about SLU’s University Core curriculum visit undergraduate-core. Additional information on the English Department can be found on our website at

Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847


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