Assistant or Associate Professor of Medical Rhetoric (Tenure Track)


The Department of English at Old Dominion University invites applications for an Assistant (advanced preferred) or Associate Professor position in Medical Rhetoric to begin July 2023. This is a 10-month appointment with a full course load and opportunities for summer teaching or administrative work. We are open to applicants from a wide array of approaches and backgrounds in medical rhetoric including but not limited to health justice; rhetoric of science; disability studies; racial justice; regulatory policy; feminist, queer, and trans health; and public understanding of science. Opportunities for original course offerings in each program will be given.

This position affords researchers the unique opportunity to engage at the intersection of a recent institutional partnership established between Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk State University. This partnership originated through a regional effort to focus on health equity for underserved residents of the area and affords the successful applicant with an exciting space for collaborative, interdisciplinary, and community-based research and grant opportunities. There are also potential collaborative opportunities with the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Technical Communication, or a related field, and they must be able to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. Successful applicants will teach in our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in online, hybrid, and onsite capacities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Grant-funded research
  • Experience with online teaching and learning
  • Experience with interdisciplinary and community-based research
  • A strong publication record
  • Experience teaching racially diverse and underrepresented populations
  • Experience creating undergraduate/graduate courses

Department of English

The Department of English is dedicated to offering rigorous academic programs that prepare our graduates for advanced study and a range of professions. Our department offers a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English. Our B.A. and M.A. degrees have concentrations in Technical and Professional Writing; our PhD program has concentrations in Rhetoric, Writing, and Discourse Studies; Literary and Cultural Studies; and Technology and Media Studies. We also offer a graduate certificate in Professional Writing. All programs offer onsite, hybrid, and online delivery modalities. ODU has a long history of providing distance education courses with a robust, innovative technology infrastructure and well-equipped computer labs for instruction.

About Old Dominion University:

Old Dominion University is an internationally-oriented, state-supported institution of more than 24,000 diverse students. The university has an R1 (Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Productivity) Carnegie Research Classification. The university is located in the greater Hampton Roads area with a population of about 1.8 million. The area is rich in recreational and cultural activities and has one of the best natural harbors on the East Coast. The resort city of Virginia Beach with miles of beaches is only half-an-hour drive towards the East, and Colonial Williamsburg is also within an hour’s drive from campus. We are located within three hours of Washington, DC and are a few hours away from the beauty and magnificence of the Shenandoah Mountains.

How to Apply:

Applicants must complete the online application ( and upload the following for a complete application: a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a diversity statement; unofficial graduate transcripts; and contact information for 3 references (the application site will solicit confidential letters of recommendation from these individuals once your application is submitted). The committee hopes to learn from the diversity statement how the applicant supports the needs of diverse students and community members as both a teacher and a researcher.

Interested applicants may also contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Daniel P. Richards ( for more information. Application review will begin December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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