Assistant Professor/Advanced Assistant Professor Composition

Pending budgetary approval, we invite applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor or advanced Assistant Professor in our program in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy and Rhetoric, to begin August 2020. 

We seek a colleague with a research focus in one or more of the following areas:

  • Ability, Disability, and Accessibility
  • Soundwriting and/or Sensory Rhetorics
  • Writing in Global Contexts
  • Community Literacies and Public Writing

We are particularly interested in candidates whose lived experiences would prove resourceful in mentoring students and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.    

As a colleague, you would join a program that cultivates interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to the field of composition. Our major in Public and Professional Writing extends our commitment to writing across the university and to workplaces and the public. Program faculty edit the Pittsburgh University Press Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture, collaborate with researchers in science and engineering, and engage in digital research and pedagogy. They have taken the lead in projects such as Pitt Education in Prisons (a pedagogical project bringing together Pitt undergrads with inmates), the Writing Studies Tree (an online, crowdsourced database of academic genealogies within writing studies), a new major in Digital Narrative and Interactive Design (a collaboration with the School of Computing and Information), and DBLAC (a digital network and learning community of Black graduate students in composition, literature, and literacies). Research interests include cultural and material rhetorics, the history of literacy and instruction, queer rhetoric and public address, digital composing and pedagogy, rhetorics of science and technology, and Black rhetoric and public writing. 

We seek a future colleague who would find these commitments, interests, and affiliations congenial, and who will bring to the department strong research projects and pedagogical practices that will enrich and transform them.

Successful candidates should be prepared to publish actively; teach four courses per year in the graduate and undergraduate curriculum; attract and supervise both graduate and undergraduate independent work; and contribute to programmatic development and service in the English Department and University.

Salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. University positions are subject to final budgetary approval by the Dean. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

PhD required.

To apply, please visit Interfolio, and supply the following materials by October 16 via Interfolio,

1)  Cover letter

2)  CV

3) Three letters of recommendation

4) Essay- or chapter-length sample of scholarly work

5) Statement of diversity (1-2 pp.) that demonstrates your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service.

6) Teaching portfolio, including a teaching statement

We plan to interview selected candidates via videoconference in November and invite candidates to campus in December.

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