Assistant Professor of English (rhetoric and composition)

Washington State University – Pullman, WA  Assistant Professor of English in Rhetoric and Composition Department of English/ College of Arts and Sciences


Position Summary: The Department of English at Washington State University invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Pullman, WA, who, broadly defined, works at the intersections of anti-racism and rhetoric and specializes in a related area(s) such as Latinx rhetorics, Black rhetorics, Indigenous rhetorics, the political economy of racism, environmental rhetorics (as they relate to social justice), and/or other rhetorics concerned with historically and currently marginalized people or places. The ideal candidate is a scholar-teacher, committed to anti-racist pedagogies and social justice approaches to transforming curriculum and instruction. Our new colleague will teach a 2-2 load in both the graduate and undergraduate programs and will be expected to serve on MA and Ph.D. committees. Allocation of time is 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2023.

Job duties:

  • Teach 2 courses per semester (2/2 load) at both the graduate and undergraduate level
  • Create and offer courses in specialty area(s)
  • Advise and mentor MA and Ph.D. students
  • Maintain an active research agenda
  • Publish scholarly work
  • Participate in service activities

Required Qualifications:

  • Completed Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition (or related field) by August 16, 2023 
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarly research and publication
  • Evidence of at least two years of successful college teaching as the instructor of record
  • Demonstrated commitment to campus diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of scholarly publications
  • Record of teaching related to anti-racism and rhetoric

Salary/Benefits: Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by excellent fringe benefits. Please see

To Apply: Visit, select your appropriate employment status, and search for R-7387. Please upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter addressing qualifications for this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement (no more than 500 words)
  • Research/Scholarship statement (no more than 500 words)
  • Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement (no more than 500 words)
  • Names, addresses, and contact information of at least three references who can address your history of and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service (letters will be requested at a later time)

Inquiries should be directed to the search chair, Melissa Nicolas (

Screening begin date

Formal screening of applications will begin October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants who advance past initial screening will be asked for a 20-page writing sample, a teaching portfolio, and recommendation letters. Please do not send these materials with your initial application.

About WSU, Pullman, CAS, and the Department of English: Washington State University, a land grant, multiple-campus Research 1 institution. This position will serve on the Pullman campus, which has an enrollment of around 20,000 students and is located in Southeastern Washington on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. For more information about the region, please see

Encompassing more than 30 departments, schools, and research institutes on five campuses statewide, the College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of WSU. Together our 730+ faculty and staff deliver more than 50% of WSU’s total undergraduate and graduate instruction, including the vast majority of WSU’s core curriculum. We also drive annual research expenditures of more than $26 million, with wide interdisciplinary strengths in public and community health, environmental change, equity and social justice, and data and technology at the boundaries. As Arts & Sciences begins its 10th anniversary as a unified college, we seek to lead a reimagining of WSU’s land-grant mission for the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of creativity and discovery while simultaneously recognizing more completely our obligations to Native and Indigenous peoples. For more about the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU, please see

The successful candidate will join the Department of English, which has roughly 200 undergraduate majors in English combined with about 40 M.A. and Ph.D. students to help make English the third-largest teaching unit in the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 8000 undergraduates take classes in English each year, with courses ranging from first-year writing to advanced seminars. Interested candidates can learn more at:

WSU acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native American peoples, who have lived in this region and have been caretakers of the land from time immemorial. The Morrill Act of 1862 established our land-grant institution by providing public and federal lands that are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands, often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation. And as a land-grant institution, WSU is deeply committed to the land-grant mission, its Memorandums of Understanding with Native tribes in the region, and a tradition of service to society. To read the full WSU land acknowledgement, please see

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs ( WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833- 6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, new employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation at time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified prior to first day of employment. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious information is available at Please contact HRS at or 509- 335-4521 if you have questions.


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