Associate/Full Professor - Culbertson Chair of Writing

Indiana University’s Department of English invites applications for the Culbertson Chair of Writing. The appointment will be made at the rank of advanced Associate or Full Professor. The ideal candidate will bring a capacious conception of writing into a department dedicated to the teaching, production, and study of writing in its many forms. As an intellectual leader in the department, the ideal candidate will spearhead innovative, collaborative research initiatives across the department’s three programs in rhetoric, literature, and creative writing.

The Culbertson Chair provides leadership in undergraduate writing and writing instruction across the English curriculum and the Bloomington campus, supports our award-winning programs in composition, trains doctoral students, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in their area(s) of interest. We seek a candidate who could contribute to any of our existing departmental strengths in gender and sexuality, in ethnic, cultural, or postcolonial studies, and in environmental humanities, or who would help us to develop additional strengths in disability studies, performance studies, indigenous studies, or African American studies. Regardless of specialty, the successful candidate will demonstrate strong commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and demonstrate—pedagogically and in print—the ways in which writing is a socially and culturally inclusive practice that promotes a more just, humane, and equitable future world.

A doctoral degree in English, including Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Studies, or a related field, is required. The appointment is effective starting in Fall 2022. The teaching load in the department is typically 2–2 on a semester system.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit (1) a letter of interest that includes the candidate’s vision for the Culbertson Chair as it overlaps with their distinguished record of scholarship, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-2 page statement that illustrates, with specific examples, the candidate’s past and current contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers, and (4) the names of three references from outside their home institutions to Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Scot Barnett, Culbertson Search Committee Chair, at or Indiana University Department of English, Ballantine Hall 440, 1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN, 47405-7103. 

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