Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

Lafayette College
English Department
Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

The English Department of Lafayette College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in writing and rhetoric studies at the rank of assistant professor. Desirable areas of specialization include critical cultural rhetorics and/or community accountable literacies, such as African-American rhetoric, Asian-American rhetoric, or Latinx rhetoric. Secondary interests in technical/professional communication, gender studies, queer theory, or disability studies are welcomed and encouraged. The successful candidate will have prior teaching experience and be able to teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced writing and rhetoric courses within the major and in the Common Course of Study. The position will also include an administrative role in the College Writing Program in rotation and collaboration with other department members. The Ph.D. is required by the position start date: July 1, 2023. The teaching load is 2/2 in the first year, 3/2 thereafter with course releases offered for work in the writing program.

To apply, please upload an application letter, cv, and single-page teaching philosophy to Interfolio ( by November 1, 2022. As part of your letter, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring and/or community service support Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the college’s diversity statement ( Inquiries about the position can be directed to the head of the English department, Prof. Chris Phillips (

There are approximately 30 English majors per year in the department. Many of them are double majors. The English department values critical discussions of race, gender, sexuality, emotional labor, and the social and cultural impact of literary and writing studies in the twenty-first century. We believe that the history of our discipline requires interrogation and decolonization and we are excited to build with colleagues towards a more imaginative future. 

Located within 70 miles of New York and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and engineering institution with significant resources to support faculty members in their teaching and scholarship. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette operations reflect the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.


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