Open Rank Faculty Position in Writing Studies

Open Rank Faculty Position in Writing Studies

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The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor, or an Associate Professor or Professor with the possibility of tenure transfer, in the area of Writing Studies. The department seeks candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through teaching; other forms of engagement with students outside of the classroom; scholarly, creative, and/or professional work; and service activities. The appointment begins August 24, 2023 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 24 & 25, 2023.

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing is a vibrant community of scholars, writers, publishers, and designers with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 550 undergraduate majors, and 250 graduate students in its two Creative Writing MFA programs and Publishing and Writing MA program.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Program Description:

Emerson's nationally recognized Writing Studies Program was awarded the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence in 2013. The program provides a required two-course sequence of first-year writing classes designed to enable undergraduate students to write competently and effectively in a range of modes, as well as training and mentoring graduate student instructors and writing center consultants through the pedagogy seminar WR600: Teaching College Composition, a weekly practicum, and regular professional development workshops. The Writing Studies Program at Emerson is an intellectually lively and socially engaged environment with longstanding commitments to community writing and publishing projects including free creative writing workshops for high school students through EmersonWRITES and composition courses for incarcerated students through the Emerson Prison Initiative. Writing Studies is housed within Emerson's Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, creating unique opportunities for courses and community projects connecting rhetoric and composition to creative writing and publishing.


Duties for this position include teaching first year writing courses for undergraduate students and a pedagogy seminar for graduate students, teaching and developing courses for undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on community writing and publishing, mentoring graduate student instructors who are MFA students in creative writing and MA students in publishing and writing, supporting and developing community writing and publishing partnerships, and participating in the collaborative leadership of the program. Courses offerings will be primarily in person but may include online courses. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, assisting in the graduate admission process, and serving on other department and college committees.


A PhD in rhetoric and composition or in a related area with significant experience in rhetoric and composition is strongly preferred. Candidates with an equivalent professional background to a PhD (such as directing a writing program at a college or university or directing a community writing or publishing program) may also be considered. Significant experience in community writing and publishing is also required, particularly work engaged with organizations of historically marginalized voices that edit, design, produce and publish texts. Candidates should have a record of successful college-level teaching and of ongoing scholarship, publication, and/or practice. Strengths in comparative and inclusive rhetorics, anti-racist pedagogy, translingualism with a readiness to teach international student-focused course sections, and multimodality and digital literacy are also especially suited to the intellectual/curricular work of the program.

The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds, as well as their ability to collaborate effectively with community partners. Candidates should be able to address issues of race and representation in all of their courses. Our ideal candidates will also possess a keen and developed awareness of the issues around inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility within the field of Writing Studies, community writing and publishing, the teaching profession, and the classroom. The candidate should be able to demonstrate culturally responsive writing pedagogies and approaches, and possess a fluid overall pedagogy that is able to adapt and expand as the cultural conversation around representation, privilege-based difference, and inclusive excellence continues to evolve.

To Apply:

Interested applicants must complete an online application form and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's approval). The cover letter should address the candidate's area of scholarship, the candidate's teaching philosophy; and the candidate's approach to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Preference will be given to applications received by September 30, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

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About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email:

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