Assistant Professor, English

Job Summary

Assistant Professor of English, specialization in Rhetoric and Composition - Department of English


The Department of English at Purdue University Northwest with campus locations in Westville and Hammond, Indiana, invites applications for a tenure-track position in English, with a specialization in rhetoric and composition at the rank of assistant professor to start August 10, 2020.

Job Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates will continue a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and administration. The successful candidate will direct the PNW Writing Center, supervising two full-time non-tenure-track coordinators. The successful candidate will have opportunities to develop the Center according to his or her interests and strengths and according to department and university needs. Candidates should have scholarly publications in hand or in progress in such areas as writing centers, multimodal teaching, writing assessment, curriculum development, experiential education, digital humanities, or social justice, multicultural, and global rhetorics. Candidates are expected to demonstrate and continue commitment to service.

PNW's English Department has 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty teaching in three undergraduate concentrations: professional writing, English teaching, and literature. The department also houses a master's program, several minors, and an undergraduate online certificate in writing for interactive media, along with theatre and creative writing.  Additional clinical, continuing, and visiting full-time faculty, along with graduate teaching assistants and adjuncts, support the First-Year Writing Program and Writing Center. The department supports a vital culture of faculty development through workshops, conferences, and guest speakers, and seeks continually to improve its effectiveness in serving a diverse, largely first-generation student population. A particular area of interest is in campus-wide first-year experience and students in transition, including recent work with the College Transition Collaborative. For more information see

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Only electronic applications will be considered. To ensure full consideration, please include letter of application, CV, letters from three recommenders, unofficial transcripts, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages as PDF files. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by phone and videoconference. 

Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check. 

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information, please see:

University Overview

Purdue University Northwest (PNW), part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, offers world-class educational opportunities at an excellent value on two culturally diverse, student-centered campuses located in Northwest Indiana within easy driving distance of Chicago, Illinois.  PNW serves approximately 10,000 students, offering nearly 70 programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. The institution has distinguished itself with opportunities for experiential learning, undergraduate research and one-to-one relationships between students and faculty.  


A Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition or related field must be in hand by August 10, 2020


At least two years of experience teaching composition (graduate school experience acceptable)

At least a year of administrative experience in a writing program (graduate school experience acceptable)

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