Academic Professional Track (Non-Tenure): Instructional Assistant Professor

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The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University invites applications for an academic professional track (non-tenure) Instructional Assistant Professor in English (Rhetoric) for the 2021-2022 academic year, with possibility of renewal. The start date for this position is August 1, 2021; classes are expected to begin in mid-August. The position requires a PhD in English or a related field, with a specialization in rhetoric, writing, or technical/professional communication.

Instructional faculty hold non-tenured appointments with responsibility for teaching and academic service, renewable annually upon satisfactory performance, with the possibility of promotion after five years. The teaching load is 3-3 and will consist primarily of undergraduate courses in professional/technical communication, rhetoric, and composition. This hire will collaborate with another new hire at the assistant professor rank (currently being sought) to develop specialized technical and professional communication curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels and, with the support of the department’s technical writing committee, oversee the implementation of the new courses, including training and mentoring graduate student teachers. The ideal candidate will help develop the department’s professional/technical communication program, with the immediate opportunity to develop specialized sections of technical/professional writing focused on contemporary issues such as global health advocacy, social justice, digital ethics, global Englishes, civic engagement, and the environment.  Additional job responsibilities include undertaking appropriate academic service on departmental, college, and university committees, and mentoring students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Texas A&M’s English department is home to an undergraduate major and minor, a certificate in professional writing, a minor in health humanities, and MA and PhD programs. Texas A&M University is an emerging Hispanic-serving institution committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission (https://www.tamu.edu/statements/mission.html) and living our core values (https://www.tamu.edu/about/coreValues.html).  In 2019 and again in 2020, Texas A&M received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The English Department is especially interested in candidates who can implement and contribute curricula and programs responsive to the diversity of the university community.  More information about our department is available at https://liberalarts.tamu.edu/english/.

About Texas A&M: A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and one of only seventeen universities designated as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, Texas A&M combines academic excellence and cutting-edge research with affordability and a commitment to producing academic, business, and civic leaders. The work of humanities faculty at Texas A&M is supported by the Melbern G. Glasscock Humanities Research Center, the Center of Digital Humanities Research (CoDHR), and by the Texas A&M University Library, which houses special collections in Science Fiction & Fantasy, Texas & Borderlands, Book & Printing History, and Gender & Ethnic Studies (including the Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture). Writing and rhetoric faculty have access to a university-wide writing-in-the-disciplines program housed in our University Writing Center.

Texas A&M is located in College Station, a thriving community known for the quality of its public schools, a strong local economy, and a low cost of living (https://www.cstx.gov/our_community/recognitions__rankings). College Station is a two-hour drive from Houston and Austin, and three hours away from San Antonio and Dallas.

Qualifications

The position requires a PhD in English or a related field, with a specialization in rhetoric, writing, or technical/professional communication and relevant teaching experience.

Application Instructions

Applications are only accepted online in PDF or Word format at http://apply.interfolio.com/81111.  Applicants must include a letter of interest, CV, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page diversity statement, a sample course syllabus in technical/professional writing, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their experience or qualifications for supporting first-generation students and/or students from underrepresented groups through their teaching, service, mentoring or advising. Letters of recommendation should specifically address the applicant’s teaching. The position will remain open until filled, but to ensure full consideration, applications should be uploaded by January 22, 2021.

Inquiries about the position may be sent to Dr. Valerie Balester, Search Committee Chair, at v-balester@tamu.edu. Interviews will take place through the Zoom platform. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

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