Assistant Professor of Rhetoric/Composition

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Tenure-track position in Rhetoric/Composition, with expertise in Rhetorics of Health and Medicine, Rhetorics of Science, or Technical Communication, and some administrative experience, at the rank of assistant professor. Effective August, 2020. Ph.D. required.


The successful candidate will offer courses in scientific and technical writing, upper level composition, rhetorical theory and criticism, courses in their specialty, as well as courses that contribute to the College’s general education requirements. The standard annual teaching load is five courses. The College provides a generous sabbatical leave program and professional development support for both research and teaching.


Whitman College is committed to cultivating a diverse learning community and we are particularly interested in applicants from under-represented groups. Applicants should explain how their classroom and scholarly practices will serve to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment. This statement can be included in the cover letter or the teaching statement. In their cover letter, candidates should address their interest in working at a liberal arts college with undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction.


To apply, go to, click “faculty” and “Assistant Professor of Rhetoric/Composition”. The online application will prompt you to submit all of the required materials: a letter of application; separate statements addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly agenda; curriculum vitae; the contact information for three people who will be contacted for letters of reference; graduate transcripts; and complete sets of teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.


Review of applications begins September 23, 2019.


Whitman College is building a diverse academic community and especially encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.


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