Open Rank Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

The Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Open Rank Professor of Rhetoric and Composition to begin Fall 2022. Candidates should have a successful record of teaching and scholarly work in rhetoric and composition. The department is particularly interested in approaches to writing studies that contribute to our understanding of technology and communication in the public interest. We seek candidates with research interests and expertise in some combination of the following areas: digital rhetoric and public discourse, rhetoric and human-computer interaction and/or human-centered design, comparative and cultural rhetorics, environmental communication, multimodal composition, and rhetoric and social justice. Desirable areas of research and experience include WPA administration, WAC/WID pedagogies related to STEM fields, and experience mentoring graduate students in the field of rhetoric and composition. 

The successful candidate will strengthen offerings in Rhetoric and Composition in our Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture PHD.  The department offers doctoral and master’s degrees in the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and undergraduate major degrees in Scientific and Technical Communication; Communication, Culture, and Media; and English. The usual tenure-track teaching load is 2 courses (6 hrs.) per semester. Michigan Tech has recently launched nine new and exciting initiatives that are closely associated with Humanities, including the Institute for Policy Ethics and Culture (IPEC); Diversity and Inclusion; Health and Quality of Life; Sustainability and Resilience; and Education for the 21st Century: 

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Reference letters, writing sample, and additional materials will be requested at a later stage of the hiring process. Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates should have or expect to receive their Ph.D. by August 1, 2022. 

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. 

Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; additional details on dual-career exploration in our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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