Assistant Professor of English - Technical and Professional Communication

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The English Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, to begin September 12, 2022.  Specialization in Technical and Professional Communication.  Ph.D. in English or related field required.  The successful candidate will not only teach upper- and lower-division technical and professional communication courses but also coordinate a thriving undergraduate Technical Communication Certificate Program, which will include establishing and overseeing student internships, along with curriculum and program development in General Education and in the English major.  For this position, we seek leadership, creativity, and an eagerness to engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations across multiple STEM-focused colleges with academic programs and/or funded research in aerospace, civic design, information systems, big data, usability study, and STEM education.  Specific research areas within technical and professional communication are open.  We particularly welcome applicants who demonstrate research interests in designing for social good, interactive and immersive technologies, or digital/public rhetorics, and applicants who take a culturally situated approach based on ethnographic, community-driven research.

Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study.  This Technical Communication search will occur at the same time as a college‐wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to DEI, as well as to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies across the university.  If the successful Technical Communication candidate’s research overlaps with DEI-related topics, there will be an opportunity to join and support these university efforts.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Specialization in Technical and Professional Communication.  Ph.D. in English or related field required. experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

For this position, we seek leadership, creativity, and an eagerness to engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations across multiple STEM-focused colleges with academic programs and/or funded research in aerospace, civic design, information systems, big data, usability study, and STEM education.  We particularly welcome applicants who demonstrate research interests in designing for social good, interactive and immersive technologies, or digital/public rhetorics, and applicants who take a culturally situated approach based on ethnographic, community-driven research.

Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The English Department, in the College of Liberal Arts, is one of the largest academic units within the University. The department offers BA and MA degrees in English, an English minor, a Linguistics minor, and certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language and Technical Communication. The department has approximately 300 English majors and offers many courses to satisfy the General Education and Breadth requirements for all Cal Poly students. The department is comprised of a department chair, 20 tenure-line faculty, and 45 lecturer faculty and teaching associates. 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please visit http://jobs.calpoly.edu/, complete a required online faculty application and apply to Job Number #505089. Please attach to your electronic application a cover letter, vita, transcript copy, statement of teaching philosophy, and writing sample indicative of area of scholarship. In the cover letter, the applicant should also address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program.

Applicants must include a statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly. 

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment. This position is open until filled.

REVIEW BEGIN DATE: October 27, 2021. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration. If you have questions, please email Dr. Doug Keesey (English Dept. Chair) at dkeesey@calpoly.edu.


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