Assistant / Associate Professor in Rhetoric and Composition, and Director of First-Year Writing

The Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor to join the faculty and serve as First-Year Composition (FYC) Director, beginning fall 2023. The successful candidate will collaborate with current faculty to enhance well-established curricular and institutional programs. 

Publications in the candidate’s field of expertise and university service are required for tenure. The teaching load is 4/3 but the FYC Director position comes with two-course releases each long semester resulting in a 2/1 teaching load.  Additional adjustments are made for graduate teaching. 

Please submit a CV and cover letter describing your experience with writing program administration, research agenda, commitment to equity and diversity, and teaching experience by January 31, 2023. 


Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Rhetoric & Composition by initial appointment
  • Administrative experience in a writing program or writing center
  • Teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • An active research agenda in writing pedagogy that engages key issues in the field such as social justice, antiracist pedagogy, linguistic justice, queer rhetorics, multilingual learners, disability studies, and/or accessibility
  • Commitment to pedagogical approaches that support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.

About University of Houston Downtown

The second-largest university in Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a comprehensive, four-year, urban university in the heart of downtown. Led by President Loren J. Blanchard, UHD is a community of diverse faculty, staff, students, and regional partners dedicated to nurturing talent, generating knowledge, and driving socioeconomic mobility for a just and sustainable future.  

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in size, scope, and service, now offering 46 bachelor’s and 11 master’s degree programs and 17 fully online programs within its four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology.

UHD educates approximately 15,000 students annually. With more than 77% of UHD’s students coming directly from Harris County, UHD is not just a university in Houston, but Houston’s University and an Anchor Institution for the region.

UHD is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military-Friendly School. While the student population is largely Hispanic at 53% and African-American at 20%, more than 64 countries are represented. Furthermore, UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston, and its graduates have the lowest student loan debt in the state. Importantly, 70% of UHD freshman students are the first in their families to attend college.

UHD is one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, which also includes the University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Victoria.

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