Instructor / Assistant Professor of Writing - Fixed Term

Instructor / Assistant Professor of Writing - Fixed Term

Michigan State University

Job no: 789491

Position Summary

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures seeks applicants for several full-time, fixed-term instructor or assistant professor positions to join our dynamic, collaborative community of writing teachers. We hope to hire up to five new faculty. This is a nine-month, academic year position to begin August 16, 2023. Typically, non-tenure system faculty in the department teach three first-year writing courses each semester (fall and spring). Faculty are appointed at 90% teaching, 10% curriculum development (which can include departmental and college service, teaching-related professional development, teaching-related research, etc.). Non-tenure track faculty are hired on an initial one-year contract that is renewable depending on department need and may be renewed with a 3-year contract (please see our college's 3-Year Contract Program Policy ( Non-tenure track faculty may also pursue promotion in the fixed-term faculty system.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate-Rhetoric and Writing Studies or appropriate related terminal degree

Minimum Requirements

Successful candidates will have experience teaching first-year writing; will have a proven commitment to culturally engaged and culturally relevant teaching practices; and will have experience and success in teaching diverse student populations. For fixed-term Assistant Professor positions, a PhD in rhetoric and writing studies or closely related field is required. For fixed-term Instructor positions, an MA in rhetoric and writing studies or closely related field is required. All degrees must be confirmed by degree-granting institutions at the time of hire.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a current curriculum vitae (CV);
  3. a teaching philosophy statement that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications; and
  4. a 1-page summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.

Special Instructions

For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Julie Lindquist, Director of First-Year Writing ( Review of applications will begin May 15, and will continue until the positions are filled. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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College Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion. We invite candidates to apply even if they have not currently mastered all of the areas listed.

Applicants should apply on-line at

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Applications close: August 1, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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