Assistant Professor: Professional Writing

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member specializing in Rhetoric and Professional Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall Semester, 2021. Qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing Studies, or a closely related field such as Literacy Studies or Communication. 


The successful candidate will teach, research, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in Rhetoric and Professional Writing; thus, we seek candidates with a demonstrated capacity for scholarly research and publication and a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching in the field. To complement and build on current faculty strengths, we are especially interested in candidates who have teaching experience and scholarly research in one or more of the following areas:  technical writing and editing, business writing, grant writing, health and medical communication, workplace studies, media or technology studies, user experience/usability, community engagement, scientific rhetoric/writing, and digital/visual rhetoric.  Workplace experience in related areas is highly valued, as is experience with and commitment to anti-racist pedagogy.


We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Candidates should indicate in their cover letters how they meet at least two of these criteria.


The Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies is a freestanding academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters comprised of collegial, nationally and internationally recognized faculty with interests in literacy and the teaching of writing, rhetorical theory and the history of rhetoric, and professional and public discourse. (Please see the department website at:


Dedicated to access and excellence, San Diego State University (SDSU) is a national research university located within 25 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.


Applicants must apply via  Please submit 1) a letter indicating research and teaching interests, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, 3) relevant course syllabi, 4) a relevant writing sample, 5) letters from three references, and s6) Specific evidence of experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.  Review of applications will begin January 31, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.  


The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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