Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Professional Writing

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Fairfield University, Department of English, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing beginning September, 2020. We seek a faculty member to lead the Professional Writing program within the English Department. The successful candidate will teach a 3-3 load, with courses in rhetoric, business writing, and other forms of professional writing, and participate in the University’s Core Writing program. The faculty member will contribute to the University’s nationally-ranked internship program.

We welcome candidates with secondary interests in areas such as Cultural Rhetorics, Digital & Visual Rhetorics, Translingual/Transnational Rhetorics, and Rhetorics of Health & Medicine. We encourage candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to social justice, equity, and inclusion efforts at Fairfield University and in the discipline of Rhetoric & Writing and/or Technical Communication more broadly.  

Fairfield University has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work; this position offers opportunities to collaborate with the Charles S. Dolan School of Business, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the School of Engineering, as well as programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. Salary and benefits are competitive.


  • Ph.D. with an emphasis in rhetoric, professional writing, or closely-related area. Ph.D. in hand required by position start date.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching at the college level. 
  • Strong commitment to pedagogical innovation and demonstrated excellence in using technology in the classroom. 
  • Evidence of an active research program in the candidate’s area of specialization.

About Fairfield University:

Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit institution that prepares students for leadership and service in a constantly changing world. Founded in 1942 on North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut, the University has grown from an initial class of 303 undergraduate male students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1947 into a coeducational university of more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Along the way, the University has awarded more than 45,000 degrees since 1951, and has developed a reputation for educational excellence both regionally and nationally.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin November 1. For full consideration, please click “https://ffd.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/EmploymentOpportunities/job/Fairfield-CT/Tenure-Track-Assistant-Professor--Rhetoric-and-Professional-Writing_JR0000598” and upload the following materials:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of application
  • contact information for three references
  • additional materials may be requested at a later date.


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