Assistant Professor of Rhetoric/Director of the Rhetoric Studio

We seek a rhetorician to direct Hampden-Sydney College’s newly established Rhetoric Studio and to teach five courses per year (2-3 or 3-2). The ideal candidate for this tenure-track position will have both administrative and consulting experience in a Writing, Communication, or Multi-Literacy Center and the ability to train and mentor student consultants to work in our Studio. Our successful candidate will collaborate with faculty and academic staff to support writing and multi-modal communication across the College and will contribute to our basic course offerings at the 100 or 200 level, including first-year composition and/or public speaking. Finally, the position offers the opportunity to teach upper-level courses in the Rhetoric minor in rotation with other Rhetoric faculty. A strong background in the liberal arts and expertise in the use of instructional technology preferred. PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, Communication Studies, or the terminal degree in a related field is required.

Courses: The successful candidate’s teaching and administrative responsibilities will include ​two course equivalencies per academic year for work as the Director of the Rhetoric Studio and five Rhetoric courses (comprising a “full load”), including some combination of the following:

            •Rhetoric 100, 101, 102: Principles and Practice of Good Writing

            •Rhetoric 210: Public Speaking

            •Rhetoric 301, 310, 360, 370: Upper-level courses in the Rhetoric Minor

In addition, our new colleague may teach Rhetoric 481 (1-hour Capstone course) in rotation with other Rhetoric faculty.

Hampden-Sydney College is a selective liberal arts institution enrolling approximately 1000 students. Founded in 1775, it is the tenth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Our beautiful 1300-acre campus is fewer than 7 miles from downtown Farmville, home to Longwood University and the Moton Museum, which is listed on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The campus is located 65 miles west of Richmond, 50 miles east of Lynchburg, and 75 miles south of Charlottesville, providing abundant cultural, recreational, and artistic resources.

Hampden-Sydney is one of four liberal arts colleges in the United States dedicated to the education of men, and our mission is to educate “good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning.” As a community, we are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women and minoritized groups. Hampden-Sydney College values diversity, prohibits discrimination, and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

Please apply via Interfolio at and provide the following required materials: a cover letter that addresses both administrative experience and teaching, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on October 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct all questions about the position to Dr. Nicholas D. Nace, Director of the Rhetoric Program, at

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