Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition

Wells College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition with experience in first-year writing program design and administration, to begin in the fall of 2023. We desire a colleague with current fluency in dynamic approaches to first-year writing pedagogy in the shifting landscape of higher education. A Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition or a related field is preferred by the time of appointment. The qualified candidate will teach a 3/3 load of both first-year writing courses and specialized courses in rhetorical studies, professional/technical writing, and/or other rhetoric-specific courses in service of our liberal arts curriculum–largely to be determined by the candidate’s area of expertise. Preference may be given to scholars and practitioners in the area of developmental writing.


Wells College is a private, four-year, Liberal Arts college located on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, on the unceded lands of the Cayuga Nation. We strive to embody a culture of belonging that empowers all to thrive. Our student body includes 35% of students identifying as a student of color and 32% who are first-generation college students. We are actively seeking to increase faculty and staff diversity. It is expected this professor will contribute to a culture of community and to reimagine our first-year writing program with this aim in mind.


The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.  


Successful candidates will provide evidence of innovative teaching, investigative learning, conscientious advising, and their own continuing body of intellectual work. Applications should be submitted online at and include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, the names and contact information of three references, a brief teaching philosophy statement, research statement, and a brief diversity statement including ways of engaging students outside of the classroom. Review of applications will begin June 1st and will continue until the position is filled.   


College is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all person regardless of (but not limited to) race, color, religions, ethic or national origin, sex, age, varying physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political beliefs.  The College is also committed to compliance with all applicable laws regarding non-discrimination.

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