Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Technical Writing & Professional Design

Job Summary

The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Technical Writing & Professional Design, to start in the Fall 2023 semester.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be an active researcher who can contribute to our MA and PhD programs and to our emerging undergraduate program in TWPD, which includes a minor and a certificate and which offers face-to-face, online, and accelerated online courses. The teaching load is 2/2 the first year, with the expectation of remaining 2/2 thereafter based upon significant research productivity. The position also entails service, such as mentoring graduate students or participating on committees.

Required qualifications

PhD in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or a closely allied field is required.

Preferred qualifications

PhD in Technical Writing, Technical/Professional Communication, or a closely allied field is strongly preferred.

Special Conditions for Eligibility

Preference will be given to applicants with research interests, qualifications, and/or experience related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Social justice in technical and professional communication
  • Decolonial/cultural rhetorics
  • Chicana/o/x and/or Latina/o/x rhetorics
  • Indigenous and/or Native American rhetorics
  • Translation, multilingualism, and/or translingualism
  • Community-engaged projects in technical and professional communication
  • Usability, user experience, or user interface
  • Rhetoric of health and medicine

Strong preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching or mentoring diverse student populations.

University Information

Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. With an enrollment of approximately 48,000 students, UT Arlington is the largest institution in North Texas and the second-largest in the UT System. In 2021, UTA’s combination of outstanding academics and innovative research contributed to its reaffirmation as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution and its designation as a Texas Tier One institution, two significant milestones of excellence. Further, the University also received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. The University ranks No. 1 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, is designated as a Hispanic Serving-Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education and has the third-most ethnically diverse undergraduate population in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report (2022). UT Arlington’s approximately 250,000 alumni occupy leadership positions at many of the 23 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas and contribute to the University’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas. 

Department and College/School Information

The Department offers majors in English and English with Teacher Certification; minors in English, Creative Writing, Sound Studies, and Technical Writing & Professional Design; a certificate in Technical Writing & Professional Design; and an MA and PhD in English. By teaching students to read closely, analyze carefully, think imaginative, and communicate effectively, the Department of English prepares students to succeed in a global economy and to participate in a global democracy.

Diversity Statement

Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service as well as a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Special Instructions to Applicant

To apply applicants should go to and submit the following materials by November 4, 2022 in order to ensure consideration:

  1. A cover letter that explains the candidate’s interest in UTA, qualifications, research projects, teaching experience, and professional service and that addresses how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service have or would support the success of a diverse student population
  2. A CV that includes a list of proficiencies with various technologies used in research and/or teaching
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. Teaching portfolio
  5. Writing sample

Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Erin Murrah-Mandril, the chair of the TWPD Search Committee (

For more information about UTA, please visit:

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States.

The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UTA also encourages applications from veterans. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. UTA is a tobacco free campus.

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