Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

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Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University is currently establishing a pool of fixed-term non-tenure track assistant professors and instructors in our first-year writing program. Specialization is open, but experience in contemporary approaches to teaching writing is preferred. These positions will be filled per course/per semester, on an as-needed basis and may be for a semester or two semesters. Reappointment possible based on department needs and satisfactory job performance.


Duties: Responsibilities include teaching in the first-year writing program and engaging in curriculum-development activities. These positions will be filled on an as needed basis. Applicants in this pool will be reviewed initially in October/November in order to fill known vacancies for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters. Subsequent applicants in this pool will be reviewed when the department has an immediate need to fill a vacancy.


Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu. Posting #610634


Required Degree

Doctorate - Rhetoric & Writing or appropriate terminal degree (for Assistant Professor, non-tenure track)


Minimum Requirements

Position requirements: For fixed-term Assistant Professor positions, a PhD in rhetoric and writing studies or closely related field is required. For fixed-term Instructor positions, an MA in rhetoric and writing studies or closely related field is required.


Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications.
  • A summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.
  • The names and email addresses of 3 references.


For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Bump Halbritter, in the Department of Writing Rhetoric And American Cultures, at 517-355-2400 or drbump@msu.edu


Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.


The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.


Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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