Assistant Professor

The University of Utah’s Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies is seeking a tenure-track, beginning assistant professor with a specialization in culturally diverse rhetorics and/or literacies such as: African American, Arabic, Asian, Asian American, Chicanx/Latinx, Indigenous, Jewish, or Pacific Islander rhetorics. Secondary expertise in digital rhetorics/composition, environmental humanities, medical humanities, professional/technical communication, and queer and disability studies is particularly welcome. Regular teaching responsibility is two courses per semester. This faculty position starts 1 July 2020.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related field and the degree must be awarded before the start date. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to conduct and publish high-quality scholarship in rhetoric, composition and/or literacy studies, to be successful in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to work with and mentor students of all backgrounds and identities.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic and rapidly growing department, one that has a long-standing first-year writing program, a vibrant undergraduate major, masters and PhD programs in Rhetoric and Composition, and the University Writing Center ( As a department, we embrace transdisciplinary approaches to writing and rhetoric studies, and we are deeply committed to supporting diverse scholarly interests and methodologies, valuing global rhetorical traditions and language practices, structuring opportunities for students of all backgrounds and identities to learn and grow, and promoting reciprocal relationships with two- and four-year institutions throughout our region and with both local and global communities. Located in Salt Lake City, the U of U is an integral part of a diverse and growing urban region.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a letter of application; CV; a one-page diversity statement; and a list of references. Review of applications begins 4 October 2019. Candidates who advance beyond the initial screening will be asked to provide a relevant writing sample of no more than 25 pages, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of teaching philosophy. 
Skype/Zoom interviews will be conducted in November and early December, and campus interviews will be scheduled for January and February 2020. Position will remain open until filled.

Inquiries can be directed to LuMing Mao, Chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies (

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