Full-Time Instructor of Writing - AddRan College of Liberal Arts

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Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15 and continue until all positions are filled.

Position Details
The English Department of Texas Christian University invites applicants for five (5) full-time positions as Instructor of Writing, a non-tenure-track, renewable position beginning in August 2021.

Applicants should demonstrate extensive scholarly knowledge of and experience in the teaching of composition/writing that intersect with two or more of the following areas of expertise: Indigenous rhetoric, decolonized rhetoric, decolonized pedagogies, translingualism, African American rhetoric, Black language and literacy, Latinx Rhetoric, Asian American rhetoric, disability studies, race and rhetoric, anti-racist pedagogies, critical whiteness studies, digital writing, digital rhetoric, multimodal and/or multimedia pedagogies, performance rhetoric/ popular culture (TV, film, music), rhetoric of science, queer rhetoric, feminist pedagogy, intersectional rhetoric/intersectionality and rhetoric.

The position requires teaching: 1) 6 sections of introductory level and intermediate writing per year; 2) 2 sections of specialty writing courses for the writing minor and major per year. The teaching load is 4-4. In addition to teaching duties, successful candidates will contribute to the writing minor/major and English department and participate in service duties, including advising undergraduates, shaping the major, and serving on departmental, college, and university committees.

We invite applicants to demonstrate in their application materials how they might contribute to the writing program’s core mission of providing a socially just literacy education. While diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the current mission of Texas Christian University, the writing program aspires to be actively anti-racist as an ongoing collective commitment. We welcome applicants who are committed to the social and intellectual richness of college writing instruction and who are resolute in advancing justice and equity with it. As members of the English department, we assert that racism is something not just to be avoided but to be actively stamped out.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric or a closely related field with specialization in Composition and Rhetoric from a regionally accredited institution at the start of employment. Teaching experience in first year writing is required. Commitment to and excellence in undergraduate writing instruction is also required. All materials are to be submitted online at https://jobs.tcu.edu/en-us/listing/.

We will begin reviewing applications on April 15 and will continue until the position is filled. All questions regarding the application process may be directed to Human Resources at hrtalentacquisition@tcu.edu or 817-257-7790. Other questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Carmen Kynard at carmen.kynard@tcu.edu.

Department Details
Students and faculty in the Department of English at TCU are committed to a variety of intellectual and creative pursuits fostered by the exploration of literature, rhetoric and writing. The department includes a cohort of rhetoric and composition faculty, and both tenure-stream and non-tenure-stream faculty who work together to schedule courses, organize curriculum, and serve on various committees. Instructors are voting members of the department who enjoy competitive salaries and benefits, support for professional development, and opportunities for promotion and advancement within the Instructor rank.

School/College Description

The AddRan College of Liberal Arts is home to the core academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The College includes approximately 155 full-time faculty members, 11 departments (Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geography, History, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, and Spanish and Hispanic Studies), and two units of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (Army and Air Force). AddRan College departments confer 15 Bachelor of Arts and six Bachelor of Science degrees, a Bachelor of General Studies, an online master’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Liberal Arts degree, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in History, English, and Rhetoric and Composition.

University & Fort Worth Description

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth near downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.


Like TCU, Fort Worth offers amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number one tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, bizjournals.com ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

TCU is a private, secular, selective university that attracts students from across the United States and the world. TCU especially acknowledges and pays respect to the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, upon whose historical homeland our university is located. The land on which TCU is located was taken from the Wichita and others through the combined efforts of Spain, France, Mexico, Texas, and the United States. TCU eventually gained possession of it through a system instituted by Texas and the United States that depended on dispossessing and removing the Wichita and others.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions
A complete application will include the following:
1. Cover letter addressing the position’s desired areas of expertise and specific interest in working at Texas Christian University
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching statement documenting knowledge and experience in the teaching of college writing
4. Diversity statement documenting knowledge and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion as central classroom praxis
5. Two sample syllabi: 1) a syllabus for an introductory level or intermediate writing course; 2) a syllabus for a specialty and/or advanced course in writing or rhetoric;
6. List of three (3) people who can provide a professional reference
7. Unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate coursework

The finalists for the position will be asked either to submit a video of a teaching demonstration in front of students (approximately 45 minutes in length) or will be asked to give a teaching demonstration during a virtual interview.

AA/EEO Statement
As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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