Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of Freshman Writing - Tenure-Track



The Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites applications for a Director of Freshman English and tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year (August 15, 2022).


The Freshman English program forms a critical part of UAB’s core curriculum and helps drive the university’s deep commitments to diversity, teaching innovation, and student engagement. Over 50 instructors, including both full- and part-time, teach over 2,000 students per semester and offer more than 200 course sections per year. Freshman English collaborates closely with undergraduate academic units from across the university, including the Honors College, INTO UAB, and the University Writing Center, to support all students, offer innovative learning experiences, and maximize the opportunities available on an urban campus. Freshman English also offers a transformative two-semester developmental writing sequence that provides students extra support and small class sizes and keeps them on track to graduate by awarding the same credit as mainstream introductory composition courses. UAB has received multiple acknowledgements for supporting diverse faculty and students, including the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. In 2021, Forbes named UAB America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer and No. 4 Best Employer for Diversity.


Candidates should have administrative experience, particularly in the areas of staffing and scheduling, faculty supervision and mentoring, and assessment and placement. Candidates should also have experience with and interest in designing curricula that incorporate digital literacies and engage students in multimodal discourse. Finally, candidates must have demonstrated interest in and experience teaching diverse student populations. Priority will be given to candidates with a research agenda in writing program administration. In addition to directing the Freshman English program, the successful candidate will teach 2-3 courses per year, perform departmental service, and maintain an active research agenda appropriate to an R1 university.


By November 15, please click on the link below to submit a letter of interest, CV, research agenda, administrative statement, and teaching statement. The administrative and teaching statements should include the candidate’s philosophy on diversity as it relates to administration and teaching. Please limit the research agenda, administrative statement, and teaching statement to two pages apiece. Candidates who proceed beyond the preliminary review will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a sample syllabus.


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Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition required. Degree must be completed by August 15, 2022.


The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body, and we are committed to their success. Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our value for inclusive excellence in both our work and learning environment as well as in our efforts to serve and engage the community.


UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.


A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

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