Assistant/Associate Professor of English

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The Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track position in Composition and Rhetoric at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The position begins August 15, 2022. Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric or a closely related field required by August 1, 2022. This position will remain open until it is filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to December 17, 2021.
 

We seek applicants with an active research agenda in any area of composition and rhetoric or writing studies; an established record of excellence in teaching; a strong interest in teaching writing at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum; education or experience relative to administering a writing program; and a commitment to working thoughtfully with instructors who have widely varying levels of experience and formal training in the teaching of first-year writing, including TAs, dual enrollment high-school teachers, part-time instructors, full-time lecturers, and tenured faculty.

The faculty member in this position will:

  • Teach three courses (9 credit hours) each semester in a variety of delivery modes (in-seat, asynchronous online, or hyflex [i.e. with simultaneous in-seat and online delivery]) and at a variety of levels, most commonly first-year writing and courses in the professional writing track of the English major and minor, and intermittently graduate courses in writing pedagogy;
  • Sustain a consistent record of publication in the field of composition and rhetoric or writing studies;
  • Participate in the shared governance of the department and university through engaged, conscientious, and collaborative departmental, university, and professionally-related service;
  • Actively mentor assigned graduate student TAs and, with additional compensation, assigned dual enrollment high school instructors in the teaching of first-year writing;
  • Direct or serve on graduate student project, thesis, and dissertation committees as needed.

Also, commensurate with training and experience, the appointee should expect to rotate into the role of Director of Composition, a position that carries a reduced teaching load.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, or a closely related field, in hand, by August 1, 2022 

Preferred Qualifications

  • An active research agenda in any area of composition and rhetoric or writing studies
  • An established record of excellence in teaching
  • A strong interest in teaching writing at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum 
  • A commitment to working thoughtfully with instructors who have widely varying levels of experience and formal training in the teaching of first-year writing, including TAs, dual enrollment high-school teachers, part-time instructors, full-time lecturers, and tenured faculty
  • Educational or job experience relative to administering a Writing Program
  • Teaching, research, or service background or interests involving working with students from rural, underserved, migrant, Spanish-speaking, and/or indigenous populations.

To apply, please submit the following by December 17, 2021:

  • Cover Letter 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Article-length writing sample
  • One-to-two-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample syllabi for two courses the applicant has taught or hopes to teach, including one for a first-year writing course plus one additional course
  • One-to-two-page description of research area, experience and record, and plans
  • List of 3-5 professional references, including professional titles and current contact information

Idaho State University is initiating a cluster hire in “Rurality: Disparity and Difference.” Related to this initiative, we especially encourage candidates whose teaching, research, or service interests involve working with students from rural, underserved, migrant, Spanish-speaking, and/or indigenous populations.

Company Description

Idaho State University, established in 1901, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution, with a culture built on trust, compassion, stability, and hope. ISU serves over 12,000 students in Pocatello, Meridian, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. Students and faculty at ISU are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions. We are proud to offer exceptional academics nestled in the grand, natural beauty of the West. We invite you to apply to be a part of our University community!


The Department of English and Philosophy is housed within the ISU College of Arts and Letters, and faculty members across the college work supportively with each other and with College and University leaders to advance teaching, research, and service, and to promote educational excellence, access, and opportunity. The main campus of ISU is located in the city of Pocatello, an urban center of 70,000 people in the foothills of Southeast Idaho, with close access to the national forest, alpine and Nordic skiing, and year-round outdoor recreation. The area around Pocatello is an important agricultural region with numerous, small farming and ranching communities. The land on which Idaho State University’s Pocatello campus sits lies within the traditional and ancestral home of the Shoshone and Bannock peoples, and the Fort Hall Reservation is just fifteen miles from the Pocatello campus. ISU draws students from around the U.S. and across the globe, but a significant percentage of the student body comes from the surrounding communities. Many students are first-generation and non-traditional, and an increasing number are heritage speakers of Spanish.

Additional Information

Projected search timeline: Preliminary online interviews in late February or early March; Campus visits for finalists in late March and early April.

Rank and salary depending on experience and qualifications. 

Benefits include comprehensive health, dental, and vision; life insurance; disability plan; employee assistance program (EAP); excellent retirement options and company contribution; and generous paid time off/sick leave accrual. All offers of employment are conditional pending the successful completion of a background investigation, provided by HireRight.


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