Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Rhetoric and Composition

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Job Summary

The Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing, and Languages at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, welcomes applications for a tenure-track position in Rhetoric and Composition to serve as the Director of the Writing Center and Director of College Composition, with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy, beginning August 2022. Position is open due to the creation of a multi-campus Writing Center—with two in-person sites and online tutoring—which the hire will help to build. The Writing Center will be staffed by undergraduate tutors and eventually by graduate students in a Master’s in Writing program that’s being established.

Job Status

Full Time


Create and direct a new multi-campus Writing Center and facilitate its growth.

Direct the College Composition program and oversee faculty teaching in this program.

Teach a 2/2 load, which will likely include graduate courses in Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy, in addition to undergraduate Composition, and Composition Theory and Pedagogy courses.

Conduct scholarly research, with the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Advise undergraduate students.

Participate in departmental activities and perform normal faculty duties.

Note: the position includes a 2/2 course release for directing both the Writing Center and College Composition, as well as likely instruction and oversight of graduate instructors.


PhD in Rhetoric and Composition with experience directing a Writing Center; strong record of publication and scholarly achievement preferred; will consider applicants with an MFA and significant experience/publications/awards. Preference given to those with experience in teaching Graduate Composition Pedagogy courses and directing a Writing Center. Additional specialization in Digital Rhetoric welcome.


Competitive salary with excellent benefits commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions

The application initially requires a cover letter, CV, Statement of Personal Faith, and a Philosophy of Teaching in Christian Higher Education, which can be submitted using the university recruitment website. Following review of these initial materials, a full application may be requested by the department faculty search committee co-chairs. For final consideration, please complete all of the application materials listed by December 15, 2021.

Additional information may be requested by the committee co-chairs:

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (for confidential references, have letters sent to  kmanning@pointloma.edu and rmaakest@pointloma.edu)
  • Unofficial Transcripts for highest degree completed
  • 3 Teaching Evaluations (if available)


***Please upload your cover letter and CV in PDF format. In the event that a full application is requested, additional documents can be sent to humanresources@pointloma.edu.



PLNU is a vibrant Christian liberal arts university in the evangelical, Wesleyan tradition with an undergraduate and graduate student body of around 4000 including over 40% students of color. PLNU seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the practice of teaching and scholarship. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide quality educational and employment opportunities, PLNU actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.


Point Loma Nazarene University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures.

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