Associate Professor of Rhetoric / Professional & Technical Writing

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The Department of English at Virginia Tech invites applications for an open specialization tenured Associate Professor position in Rhetoric and Professional & Technical Writing to begin August 2020.  Responsibilities for the position include research and publication in Rhetoric and Professional & Technical Writing; teaching in our undergraduate Professional & Technical Writing (PTW) Program and our Ph.D. program in Rhetoric & Writing (RW); serving on departmental, college, and university committees; and mentoring and advising students from diverse cultural backgrounds.  We encourage candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to meaningfully contribute to social justice, equity, and inclusion efforts at Virginia Tech and in the discipline of Rhetoric & Writing and/or Technical Communication more broadly.  The standard teaching load is 2/2. 


Required:  Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing or a related field; significant research and publication in the field; evidence of successful teaching; experience and/or interest in program administration; and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, including experience working with diverse populations.  Preferred:  graduate student mentoring, interdisciplinary research, and experience securing and managing grants. 

Applications must be submitted electronically at, position no. 510928.  Attach to the electronic application a letter of interest that addresses the qualifications and responsibilities stated above, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three referees with contact information.  We anticipate conducting preliminary interviews via Skype in late October and conducting campus visits for finalists in November and early December.  Address queries to Katrina Powell at  Applications will be acknowledged via e-mail.  Review of applications will begin 1 October 2019.  We seek a diverse pool of applicants.  Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who enquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or any other basis protected by law.  Individuals with disabilities who desire accommodation in the application process should contact Patty Morse at; 540.231.8466.  Virginia Tech is a research-extensive university that provides opportunities for research excellence.


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