Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

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The English Department of the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Rhetoric and Composition with a specialization in Digital Cultural Rhetorics, which includes the examination of how cultural identities—such as race, ethnicity, ability, or sexuality—shape digital texts, performances, and networks and/or how technology, software, social media, and geopolitical contexts influence representations and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities.

Diversity, inclusion, equity, and access drive the mission of the English Department, and we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to contribute to and advance this mission. Within their applications, candidates are asked to summarize their leadership efforts and past or potential contributions to diversity; contributions might include leadership in teaching, mentoring, research, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment and/or increasing access or participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field by July 1, 2020. Successful candidates will be expected to publish actively; teach two courses per semester, including courses that contribute to the Language, Writing, and Rhetoric and Media Studies tracks within the undergraduate English major as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. concentrations in Writing Studies and Rhetoric; direct dissertations, comprehensive exams, capstone projects, and honors theses; and offer service to the Department, the College, and the University. For advanced assistant professor applicants, WPA experience is welcomed. Upon earning tenure, the person hired for this position would join the rotation of Language, Writing, and Rhetoric faculty who serve in fixed terms as administrators of the Academic Writing Program, Professional Writing Program, and/or Writing Center, which collectively serve over 7,000 students in writing classes and over 4,000 students in tutoring sessions each semester and were honored by the Conference on College Composition and Communication with the 2017 Writing Program Certificate of Excellence.

The University of Maryland is located in College Park, eight miles from the heart of Washington, DC, offering its faculty access to world-class library and archival facilities, an array of cultural institutions, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Application Instructions

To assure consideration, please submit the following materials by October 21, 2019:

  • a letter of application
  • a curriculum vita
  • a 1-page research statement
  • a 1-page teaching philosophy statement, and
  • a 1-page statement summarizing your leadership efforts and past or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion.

Materials must be submitted via the following link:

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

This search is contingent upon the availability of funds.

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