Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric
- California State University, Fullerton
- Location details
- Fullerton, California
- Position type
- Professor, Assistant
- Organization type
- 4-year college or university
- Composition and rhetoric
- Employment category
- Tenure Status
- Tenure or tenure track
The Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in Composition and Rhetoric with appointment to begin Fall 2022.
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.
The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric. Appointment to begin in Fall 2022. California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution, an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, and serves one of the largest student bodies in the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, with an enrollment of over 40,000 students. The CSU is currently engaged in a directed multi-year initiative to improve graduation rates for all students with a particular focus on first-generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, and Latinx, African American, and Native American students. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment in which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through equity-minded teaching, scholarship, and service are encouraged to identify their strengths in these areas. Individuals advancing the university’s strategic goal of “elevating and infusing equity-minded practices in all that we do” and those from groups with longstanding underrepresentation in the American professoriate are particularly encouraged to apply.
Tenure-track position in Composition and Rhetoric. Areas of preferred emphasis include composition studies, strategies and methods for teaching writing, critical pedagogy, rhetorical theory, and writing program administration. Areas of preferred secondary emphasis include digital/multimodal writing; social justice writing; writing across the curriculum; writing in the disciplines; professional and technical writing; histories of rhetoric; queer rhetorics; feminist or women’s rhetorics; decolonial rhetorics; ethnic rhetorics, which may include Native American and indigenous rhetorics, African American rhetorics, Asian and Pacific American rhetorics, and/or Chicanx and Latinx rhetorics; linguistics; literacy studies; comparative rhetorics; or civic rhetoric. The appointee will be expected to teach a range of courses on writing, language structure, and composition pedagogy at the upper division as well as the graduate (M.A.) levels, in addition to lower-division, introductory, and general education courses in the field of Composition and Rhetoric. The appointee will also develop courses in their specialties, particularly at the senior and graduate levels. Faculty generally teach 3 classes per semester. A reduced teaching load is provided for the first two years. The appointee should also be prepared to participate in the administration of department writing programs, such as writing center administration, TA training, and coordination of upper- and lower-level composition courses. Evidence of an active research program and high-quality teaching is required.
- Ph.D. in English, Composition and Rhetoric, or a related field is required by August 2022. ABDs must show evidence of degree completion prior to appointment.
- Ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service.
- Evidence of successful, high-quality teaching.
- Active research program with demonstrated evidence of, or clear potential for, high-quality peer-reviewed publication.
- Potential for collegial participation in departmental, campus, and disciplinary communities.
- Potential for collegial participation in administration of department writing programs.
- Demonstrated commitment to teaching a diverse student population, including first‐generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, and racially minoritized students.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity at the university and in the discipline
- Training and/or experience in composition pedagogy and teacher training, course coordination, writing center administration, and/or writing program administration.
- Expertise in one or more of the following subfields: digital/multimodal writing; social justice writing; writing across the curriculum; writing in the disciplines; professional and technical writing; histories of rhetoric; queer rhetorics; feminist or women’s rhetorics; decolonial rhetorics; ethnic rhetorics, which may include Native American and indigenous rhetorics, African American rhetorics, Asian and Pacific American rhetorics, and/or Chicanx and Latinx rhetorics; linguistics; literacy studies; comparative rhetorics; or civic rhetoric.
A complete application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit http://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/Faculty.php, choose full-time faculty, search for position #503116, and provide the following required materials:
- Letter of interest in which you respond to the required qualifications
- Curriculum vitae
- Writing sample of no more than 25 pages
- A brief statement addressing your past and/or potential commitment to diversity and equity through scholarship, teaching, and service
- A list of three references with relevant contact information
- Finalists will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal
Please direct all questions about the position to Dr. Stephen Mexal, Chair of the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 657-278-3163.
To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 15, 2021. Position is open until filled. The anticipated appointment date is August 2022.
The College and Department
The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics is one of nineteen departments housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate and increasingly complex and interconnected world. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at CSUF, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 38 minors, and 15 graduate degrees. The 20 departments and programs employ over 450 faculty and 50 staff members serving more than 7,500 students and annually awarding over 2,000 degrees. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions. Faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and individually mentored projects. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to the University’s strategic plan objective to “increase the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, with a concentrated attention to those from historically underrepresented groups.” For more information about the college, please go to http://hss.fullerton.edu/
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/.
The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.
Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (http://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/about/notice.php)
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