Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center
Assistant Professor of English
The Department of English at Wofford College invites applications for a tenure-track position as both director of the Writing Center and assistant professor in rhetoric and composition. The Writing Center supports students in all of their writing endeavors, serves as a pedagogical resource for faculty, and promotes equity through an informed approach to language variation. English department faculty are committed to investing “general education and major curricula with increased course content related to race, ethnicity and legacies of colonialism” as recommended in the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s 2021 report.
Applicants will have:
- A Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, English or closely related field by the start of the appointment in the fall of 2022.
- Significant experience in writing center administration.
- Demonstrated interest in critical rhetoric that engages with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (such as, but not limited to, queer rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, decolonial rhetorics or ethnic rhetorics).
- A record of effective teaching at the college level.
- Experience working effectively with multicultural and otherwise diverse groups of people.
- Service engaged with one or more of the following areas: anti-racism, social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion or accessibility.
Where applicable, applicants should speak to such preferred qualifications as experience working with or mentoring undergraduates outside of the classroom and collaboration across departments or disciplines. The search committee also is interested in experience working with other offices and teaching English as a second language.
The Writing Center director is responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, budgeting and maintaining records. The director also may assist departments and offices in the promotion and development of writing pedagogy and writing assessment. The Writing Center is located in the recently renovated Sandor Teszler Library. In a semester, the Writing Center employs roughly 10 student staff who respond to 200 appointments in both face-to-face and online sessions.
In addition to directing the Writing Center, the successful applicant will teach two courses each semester in the English department for a 2-0-2 teaching load. English department faculty teach both general education courses and upper-level courses designed for majors and minors in English, creative writing, and film and digital media. Wofford faculty are teacher-scholars, with a focus on undergraduate teaching and advising and a commitment to the liberal arts. We welcome applicants who participate in relevant field work, activism and equity projects, collaborate with colleagues across disciplines, and strengthen campus and community ties through community-based learning.
Application materials should be emailed to WritingCenterSearch@wofford.edu. Application materials include: (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) graduate transcript (an unofficial transcript is fine for the initial application) and (4) a statement on diversity and equitable pedagogy that discusses experiences and practices that demonstrate attention to diverse populations and equitable teaching. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. John Ware at email@example.com.
Applications received by Jan. 31, 2022 will receive full consideration. The search committee will ask for recommendation letters and a writing sample as part of the second review. The committee will not review any material other than items requested. The first round of interviews will be conducted by Zoom, and on-campus visits will follow if public health guidelines and college policies allow.
ABOUT WOFFORD COLLEGE:
Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It offers 27 major fields of study to a student body of 1,775 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, experiential learning opportunities and successful graduates, Wofford is recognized consistently as a “best value” and for its commitment to student success and accessibility for low- and middle-income students. The college community has 12 sororities and fraternities as well as 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams.
Spartanburg County, the 5th-largest county in South Carolina, is home to nearly 328,000 people and 13 municipalities. The county is unmatched statewide in economic development for new investment and job creation. There are seven colleges or universities in Spartanburg as well as a comprehensive research and teaching hospital. The growing Spartanburg downtown area — with new shops and restaurants, public art and miles of walking and biking trails — is located a few blocks south of Wofford’s campus. To learn more about Spartanburg, visit onespartanburginc.org.
Wofford College values diversity within our students, faculty and staff and strives to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people. Wofford College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. For information about Wofford’s Title IX compliance, visit wofford.edu/administration/title-ix.
It is the policy of Wofford College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require any accommodations to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact HumanResources@Wofford.edu.
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