Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus is respected worldwide for cutting-edge instruction and training for tomorrow’s aviation, aerospace, security and intelligence leaders. Prescott is a mile-high city and its climate reflects seasonable weather excellent for flying. Daytime averages are 80°F in the summer and 45°F in the winter. At 5,000 ft. above sea level, it boasts a mild climate, clean air, pristine wilderness areas, and nearby national forests. The university is a small, private, residential university in the mountains of Arizona with approximately 3,500 students. Staff/faculty/student interaction is highly valued and is a central theme of our campus. It is located 100 miles north of Phoenix and 120 miles south of the Grand Canyon.



The Department of Humanities and Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, is seeking applicants for multiple 9-month, tenure-track positions for Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition.



The successful candidate will teach a 4/4 load of undergraduate courses, including first-year writing, rhetoric, and humanities courses with the potential to develop new courses. Candidates will have a 3/3 teaching load in the first year and can receive additional course reassignments for research.  

The successful candidate will be expected to support the department, college, and campus through service as well as cultivate and maintain a research agenda in the candidate’s area of expertise. The candidate should be willing to participate in the department’s development of certificates and programs, as well as on-going programmatic assessment efforts.

 ERAU benefits include:

  • Relocation support provided

  • Retirement Plan - ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 3.5% of employee contributions

  • Two BC/BS health plans – PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account

  • Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children will cover one undergraduate and graduate degree per person

  • Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mail room and enjoy observation flights




An earned Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field at the time of the appointment, August 15, 2023. The candidate must have experience teaching writing courses at the college level as well as evidence of scholarship and an interest in professional development.


Preferred Qualifications

We are interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Research agenda that is reflected in conference presentations and publications in the field of Rhetoric and Composition or Writing Studies

• Evidence of teaching effectiveness that takes advantage of diverse learning strategies and technologies to enhance student learning

• Experience teaching introductory writing courses that emphasize public engagement or experiential learning

• Experience in participating in programmatic assessment and curriculum design for first-year writing and humanities courses; implementation of assessment-based programmatic improvements.

The Department of Humanities and Communication offers a range of general education courses and a Humanities minor. We collaborate closely with other departments and programs to support the University’s core curriculum and STEM-related missions.

Successful candidates will join a diverse department with colleagues whose scholarship reaches across a wide range of specializations, including technical writing, writing program administration, rhetorical theory, media literacies, environmental literacy, social justice, cultural rhetorics, health communication, and experiential learning.



To ensure full consideration, please apply online at by uploading 1) a letter of application, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information of three professional references.  Review of applications will begin on November 15th and will continue until the positions are filled. Only electronic applications will be considered.

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Ashley Rea,

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