Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Program Director

Announcement – Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences


Job Title:                                Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Program Director

Department/School:             Department of English

Location:                               Fayetteville, AR

Start date:                             July 1, 2022


Position Summary: The Department of English in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor in Rhetoric and Composition to direct its undergraduate writing program, and to join the department in fostering a campus culture of writing. The position starts July 1, 2022, and is a 12-month appointment.


This position involves coordinating and promoting a new minor in rhetoric and writing as well as a new concentration in rhetoric and writing within the English major. The appointment also requires teaching two courses per year, directing theses and dissertations, and participating in service to the department, college, and university.


In overseeing the writing program, the director will have the support of the faculty in rhetoric and composition and one full-time staff member (an assistant director), as well as a graduate assistant. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of publication as well as extensive experience with writing program administration and graduate-level teaching. The ability to collaborate with a diverse faculty and staff is essential.


Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate:


  • Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition or related field
  • Record of high-quality publication in any area of rhetoric and composition
  • Experience with writing program administration
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in rhetoric and composition
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse faculty and staff


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience developing undergraduate writing curricula beyond first-year composition
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching graduate courses in rhetoric and composition
  • Experience coordinating first-year composition
  • Experience training new teaching assistants
  • Expertise in writing program assessment
  • Experience teaching first-generation college students
  • Experience working with diverse student populations




Completed applications received by November 20, 2021, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, David Jolliffe, at


For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit


Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter/letter of application, a writing sample, a diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype or Zoom, with follow-up interviews scheduled as campus visits starting in January 2022.


Annual Salary/Benefits Package: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.




The University of Arkansas: Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Fulbright College: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The Fulbright promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.


The Community: Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, and is known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus. For more information, visit:


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The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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