Assistant Professor of English (Technical Communication and Rhetoric)

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Assistant Professor of English (Technical Communication and Rhetoric)


Requisition ID: 2021-4281
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Faculty
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Faculty
College: College of Humanities & Social Sci
Department: English
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

The English Department at Utah State University invites applicants for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR). Within the field of TCR, preferred areas of research specialization include social justice, environmental justice, rhetorics of health and medicine, or intercultural communication. The position is available August 2022.

The successful applicant will join a cohort of incoming faculty across departments as part of a university-wide effort to foster scholarship invested in diversity, equity, and inclusion and to provide community and support for scholars engaging in research and pedagogy focusing on social justice.




  • The successful applicant will maintain an active research agenda and publication record in technical communication and rhetoric or related fields;
  • be professionally active in the field;
  • participate in university and scholarly service;
  • and contribute to the English BA/BS emphasis in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, the online Master of Technical Communication, and the PhD program in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.
  • The teaching load is research supportive: 2/2 load.
  • Candidates should be prepared to teach both traditional and online graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as user experience (UX), editing, ethics and social justice, project management, and communication technologies.






  • Applicants must have earned a PhD in technical communication, rhetoric, or a related field by August 2022.
  • The successful candidate will have a proven record of excellence in research and teaching.
  • Applicants whose work includes a critical perspective that comes from the lived experiences of members of historically underrepresented groups in the United States and scholars from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Required Documents
Review of applications begins November 5, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. Along with the online application, please attach:




  • CV (to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”).
  • A cover letter (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application).
  • The names and email addresses of three references (collected as part of the online application). If your candidacy advances to the next level, your references will be automatically sent a system email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation.
  • Candidates advancing to the next round of review will be asked to provide a philosophy of teaching, a writing sample, and a statement describing how their work would contribute to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights
USU actively pursues diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially for historically marginalized groups and individuals, through education, research, creative activity, and co-collaboration. The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is committed to supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, creative work, and pedagogy on social justice issues in local to global contexts within historic to contemporary timeframes. This position is part of department, college, and university wide clusters of searches designed to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity, and to increase curricular and research coverage, of areas that intersect with principles of diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

To apply, visit

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