Regular Faculty - Rhetoric and Composition

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University of Idaho

Regular Faculty - Rhetoric and Composition


Location: Moscow

Division/College: College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: $63,572 - $65,104, commensurate with experience

FTE: 1.0

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
The Department of English at the University of Idaho seeks to hire an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition with a secondary specialty in technical writing. This tenure-track position has a 1/2 teaching load at lower- and upper-division levels, including graduate seminars (the standard teaching load is 2/3, but the Director of First-Year Writing will receive 1 course release per semester for this administrative work). The successful candidate will also serve as Director of First-Year Writing, a three-year term, with the possibility for renewal. We seek applicants with a secondary specialty in technical writing to complement a new BS and academic certificate in technical writing. Areas of primary specialization may include composition studies, critical pedagogy, rhetorical theory, digital/multimodal writing, and cultural rhetorics (such as queer rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, decolonial rhetorics, Native American and Indigenous rhetorics, African-American rhetorics, Asian and Pacific American rhetorics, or Chicanx and Latinx rhetorics). Applicants should address how they bring diversity and inclusion to the university, college, and department. We encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The University of Idaho’s English department offers an undergraduate degree with concentrations in creative writing, linguistics, literature, and professional writing, as well as MA and MFA degrees. Starting in Fall 2023, we plan to launch a new BS focused on technical writing and a new certificate in technical writing, both of which will be offered in-person and online. The first-year writing program includes ENGL 101P (101 + a credit corequisite writing studio), ENGL 101, and ENGL 102. All faculty serve on committees at the department, college, and university levels. Continuing scholarly activity and publication are expected for tenure and promotion. The Director of First-Year Writing will work closely with the Associate Director of First-Year Writing, the Writing Center, and other department leaders. Specific responsibilities include:· Overseeing the writing placement process.· Developing and updating the first-year writing curriculum.· Coordinating assessments of the first-year writing program.· Teaching composition pedagogy to graduate teaching assistants.· Supervising the first-year writing staff (including teaching assistants)

Minimum Qualifications:
· PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or related field (ABDs must show evidence of degree completion prior to start of appointment).· Active research program with demonstrated evidence of high-quality peer-reviewed publication.· At least two years demonstrated success teaching university-level composition.· Experience teaching courses in technical writing.· Experience teaching a diverse student population, including first-generation college students.· Training and/or experience in composition pedagogy.

Preferred Qualifications:
· Prior university service and/or administration.· Experience developing and teaching online courses.· Training and/or experience in teacher training.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Required Licensures, Certifications or other

Posting Number: F001068P

Posting Date: 10/26/2022

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
To be considered for first review, please have your application submitted by November 27, 2022.




  • Please submit a CV and letter of application that directly addresses your qualifications for the position, including all required and preferred qualifications.
  • For “Other Document 1” please submit a 20 page writing sample.
  • In addition to a list of 3 references, please arrange for 3 confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed directly to Recommenders must include applicant name in the subject line.


Questions about the search may be directed to:
Zachary Turpin, Search Committee Chair:
In your subject line, please write “Rhet/Comp TT Question”

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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