Tenure Track Assistant Professor- Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse at DePaul University seeks a colleague to join the department at the rank of Assistant Professor, specializing in the area of culturally diverse rhetorics (particularly Latinx, African-American, or Indigenous rhetorics), with a focus on political, activist, or social movement rhetorics. Secondary expertise in composition theory and pedagogy, second language writing, feminist or LGBTQ studies, or multicultural literacies will also be of particular interest. The position will start in September 2020.

Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is an independent writing department that offers a minor in Professional Writing, a major in Writing and Rhetoric, and an MA degree. Our faculty have a wide range of interests and expertise in areas such as community-engaged research, feminist rhetorics, multilingual writing, composition theory and pedagogy, professional and technical writing, multimodal and digital rhetorics, and the history and theory of rhetoric. The colleague we seek for this position will enhance our department’s undergraduate and graduate course offerings on culturally diverse rhetorical practices, particularly in political activist and/or social movement contexts. The successful candidate will also contribute to the university’s Liberal Studies program. Applicants should demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching, as well as a promising research agenda in their areas of expertise.

Candidates will find an enriching and innovative climate at DePaul, with institutional support for cross-disciplinary, inter-departmental, and community-engaged collaboration. Faculty also draw on resources and cultivate partnerships through DePaul’s centers and institutes, such as the Center for Latino Research, the Center for Black Diaspora, and the Women’s Center.

The department and the university sustain a strong commitment to undergraduate education and sensitivity to the educational goals of a culturally diverse student population. We seek candidates who will reflect and engage the diversity of the university and its urban community. We specifically solicit applications from people of color, women, and individuals from other historically underrepresented groups. DePaul University is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Applicants must have the PhD in rhetoric and composition or an appropriately related field in hand by July 1, 2020. Please submit a cover letter, a CV, an article or chapter-length writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy (no more than two pages) that includes discussion of your approaches to diversity and inclusivity in your teaching, and referrer’s contact information for three letters of recommendation to the Interfolio application site. Review of applications will begin October 14; the application period will end November 1.


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