Assistant Professor, English (Rhetoric and Composition)

Valdosta State University's Department of English in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position beginning August 1, 2021. The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the candidate’s area of expertise and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.  Valdosta State University is proud to have a highly diverse student body, and we are seeking to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of our faculty and staff. 

With thirty-four full-time faculty members, the Department of English offers a B.A. with emphases in both Literature and Language and in Journalism as well a dual degree that leads to both a B.A. in English and a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education. The department also supports an on-campus M.A. (with literature and rhetoric/ composition tracks) and an online M.A. designed for in-service language arts teachers. The department houses a myriad of impressive student publications including the Spectator (student newspaper), Omnino (undergraduate research journal), On Tap (general-interest magazine), and Odradek (literary magazine). 

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a standard load of 4/4 per academic year. Classes may include varieties of professional writing as well as first-year writing at the undergraduate level and varied rhetoric and composition classes at the graduate level. The successful candidate will have a background or interest in developing and growing experiential learning opportunities in the department.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in English at the time of appointment with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, Technical Writing or a closely related field;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship;
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in areas such as digital rhetoric, professional writing, grant writing, digital publishing and editing;
  • Teaching experience in first-year composition;
  • Experience with online teaching;
  • A record of effective teaching appropriate to the applicant’s career stage;
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting;
  • A record of mentoring students of diverse backgrounds.

Online application is required and should be submitted by January 6, 2021, at administration/finance-admin/human-resources/employment-opportunities.php. For more information contact Dr. Sewell, Department Head, via email or phone 229-333-5946.  

Valdosta State University is a regional comprehensive university located on a gorgeous 168-acre campus of palm trees, vast green lawns, Spanish mission style architecture and an award-winning design. The university serves a student enrollment of approximately 12,300 from all states within the US and hosts over 300 international students from more than 76 countries. It is located in the city of Valdosta, a very family-friendly area with new housing developments, modest living costs, excellent public and private schools, and a 170-acre theme park, Wild Adventures. The city is served by the Valdosta Regional Airport and is home to Moody Air Force Base. It is located just north of the Florida state line on Interstate 75 and is within a two-hour drive of Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida and a three-hour drive of Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit or for about the community visit

VSU is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including (but not limited to) minorities and individuals with disabilities.. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

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