Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition with specialization in Histories of Rhetoric

Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition with specialization in Histories of Rhetoric

The Department of English at Illinois State University, located in Normal, Illinois, seeks an Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition for a nine-month, tenure-track position, specializing in histories of rhetoric with an emphasis on rhetorics from and of underrepresented or non-Western cultures. The selected candidate will join an internationally recognized English Studies faculty; participate in delivering well-established undergraduate and graduate concentrations in rhetoric and composition; and help to further our commitments to diverse and global perspectives on rhetoric. This appointment will carry a 2/3 teaching load. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Candidates are required to have:

  • An earned doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition, or a closely related field by appointment start date
  • Evidence of promising scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition
  • A record of successful college teaching in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Oral proficiency in the English language, as mandated by state law

We additionally welcome candidates with expertise in any of the following: Latinx rhetorics; African American rhetorics; environmental justice rhetorics; other areas of cultural rhetorics.

Illinois State University is committed to developing a diverse pool of applicants and recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply.

To ensure full consideration, please complete and submit electronically the standard Illinois State University job application to posting number 0712501 at   

Additionally, please send electronically via Interfolio ( a letter of application, C.V., and writing sample to Chair of Rhetoric and Composition Search Committee, Department of English, Illinois State University. Also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to Interfolio by recommenders.

All application materials are due by October 15, 2019; the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted via Skype or phone. The successful applicant must be legally authorized to work in the United States by August 16, 2020. The appointment begins August 16, 2020.

The ISU English Department emphasizes an English Studies model in its undergraduate, MA, and PhD programs, and includes scholars in the fields of Children’s Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, English Education, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Publishing Studies, Rhetoric, TESOL, and Technical Communication. Our Department faculty and graduate students are a community of diverse scholars who value collaborative and interdisciplinary work. For additional information about ISU and our Department, please consult

Illinois State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer encouraging applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, females, and veterans.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law, you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 309-438-3383 or visit

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