Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing (DRW) at The University of Texas at Austin seeks applicants for a tenure-track beginning to advanced assistant professor position starting in Fall 2020. We seek a colleague with specialization in one or more of the following research areas:

  • History of Rhetoric (pre-modern and/or non-western rhetorical histories/historiography)
  • Public Rhetorics (political, cultural, intercultural, contrastive, global)
  • Writing Studies (professional writing, composition theory, anti-racist/decolonial writing pedagogy and assessment, writing in digital environments)

In addition to specialization, candidates should also demonstrate a commitment to and facility with teaching 21st-century writing technologies.

Successful candidates will be expected to publish actively; teach two courses per semester; direct dissertations, 3-year exams, and honors theses; and offer service to the Department, the College, and the University. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to design and teach an array of courses that contribute to the undergraduate major in Rhetoric and Writing and the Ph.D. concentration in Rhetoric—all with the support of our nationally renowned Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL).

The DRW boasts a dynamic, diverse, collegial, nationally and internationally recognized faculty with interests in rhetorical history and theory; composition theory and pedagogy; digital writing and rhetoric; visual, sonic, and computational rhetorics; feminist and cultural rhetorics; media studies; empirical research; and rhetoric and poetics. Sub-units of the DRW include the University Writing Center and the Digital Writing and Research Lab.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing or related field by the time of appointment, an active research agenda, solid publications in the identified scholarly areas, and evidence of teaching excellence.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a sample of scholarly writing (either a dissertation precis or a writing sample of 20 pp. or fewer), 1-page diversity statement, and research statement, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio that includes syllabi for at least one undergraduate and one graduate class via Interfolio at

For full consideration, apply by Oct 1, 2019; review of applications will begin immediately.

Position funding is pending budgetary approval. A background check will be conducted on the successful candidate. The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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