Assistant or Associate Professor of English – Tenure Track

Assistant or Associate Professor of English – Tenure Track

The Department of English at Bridgewater College invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor of English with expertise in rhetoric and composition or writing studies starting August 2022.

Responsibilities for the position include teaching and developing composition and upper-level writing courses, including courses in editing, publishing, and writing for various professions, such as writing for business or writing for the sciences.  Successful candidates will also have a secondary focus in American Studies or cultural rhetorics such as a specialization or research interest in the cultural rhetorics of African American, Latinx, Native American, or other traditionally underrepresented communities in the United States. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Qualified applicants will hold a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree (ABD considered) in Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Studies, or a related field. We seek applicants with strong evidence of successful teaching (particularly of diverse student populations), demonstrated commitment to collegiality and service, and a promising research agenda.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION: The Department of English offers two majors (English and Professional Writing) and three minors (English, Professional Writing, and American Studies). Departmental faculty emphasize creativity and innovation in pedagogy and research, and are committed to advising and mentoring students, contributing to campus-wide initiatives, and maintaining an active research agenda.

MISSION: Bridgewater College is a residential liberal arts college of about 1600 students with a vibrant core curriculum and a growing focus on undergraduate research. The College emphasizes creativity and innovation in pedagogy and research. Successful faculty members are dedicated to advising and mentoring students, contributing to campus-wide faculty initiatives, and maintaining an active research agenda. Bridgewater seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our commitment to the breadth and depth of learning as well as diversity and inclusion. Therefore, application materials should address how you might contribute to the College’s liberal arts mission or ways that this mission informs your vocation as teacher and scholar.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. Bridgewater offers bachelor’s degrees in approximately 60 majors and minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state's lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.


APPLICATION:  Please complete the online application at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Please upload three letters of recommendations or forward letters to

DEADLINE: We will begin reviewing applications on January 3, 2022.

Bridgewater College is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse faculty, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.  Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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