Assistant Teaching Professor, Technical & Professional Communication

The Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a non-tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor in Technical and Professional Communication to begin August 2023. Candidates should have a record of excellent teaching, scholarship, and professional experience in technical communication, broadly defined. We are looking for a candidate with expertise in two or more of the following areas: usability and user experience, content strategy, information design, web and interaction design, accessibility, data visualization, risk communication, and social justice approaches to technical communication. The department has a well-resourced digital media lab that includes a media studio, usability tools, and collaborative classrooms and workspaces.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

The department's faculty teach and engage in research that both shapes and benefits from a rich multi-disciplinary environment. The department offers doctoral and master’s degrees in the interdisciplinary Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and undergraduate major degrees in Scientific and Technical Communication; Communication, Culture, and Media; and English. Please see our website:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

● Teach sections of undergraduate technical and professional communication courses, as well as courses in areas of expertise
● Perform department and/or university-level service.
● Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

A master’s degree in technical communication or a related field is minimally required.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Candidates with master’s degrees should also possess at least three years of industry/professional experience in at least one of the areas specified in the job summary description.

Candidates with a Ph.D. should have a record of excellent teaching and scholarly work in technical communication.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

An earned Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree by August 1, 2023, is preferred.

Candidates with a Ph.D. should ideally possess some industry/professional experience in one of the areas specified in the job summary description.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Expertise in two or more of the following areas: usability and user experience, content strategy, information design, web and interaction design, accessibility, data visualization, risk communication, and social justice approaches to technical communication.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Proficiency with industry-standard software and tools, such as wireframing tools, interactive mockup tools, Adobe XD and Creative Suite, XML editors, usability and accessibility tools, and statistical/analytic tools.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.  This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)- 1

FLSA Status - Exempt

Appointment Term - 9 months

Title of Position Supervisor - Department Chair

Posting Type - Internal & External

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a diversity statement that describes how their past and/or potential actions support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging where all members of a campus community can excel.

Applicants will be asked for the names and contact information of three reference providers as part of the application. At least one letter must address the applicant's teaching abilities. Reference letters and additional materials will be requested at a later stage of the hiring process.

Review of applications for full consideration will begin on February 24, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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