Assistant Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric

Summary Information:

The Department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University invites applications for two full-time, 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professors in composition/writing studies, rhetoric, or technical communication position to begin fall 2024. 


Required Qualifications:

In line with TTU’s strategic priorities to engage and empower a diverse student body, enable innovative research and creative activities, and transform lives and communities through outreach and engaged scholarship, applicants must have experience working with diverse student populations at the undergraduate and graduate levels within or across the areas of teaching, research/creative activity, and service. Additional required qualifications are: 

  1. PhD in English, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Technical Communication, or a related field by time of hire;
  2. Demonstrated record of effectiveness as a teacher; and
  3. A record of peer-reviewed publication which has contributed to the discipline and/or a demonstrated promising research and publishing agenda in the field.


Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the required qualifications, individuals with the following preferred qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: 

  1. We are especially interested in applicants who specialize in composition/writing studies, rhetoric, or technical communication with research and teaching that focuses on feminist rhetorics, rhetoric of health and medicine, disability rhetorics, Latinx studies, cultural rhetorics, grant writing, and/or writing pedagogy and theory; and 
  2. Applicants with administrative experience, online teaching experience, and a record of scholarship supported by funding are strongly encouraged to apply.


About the University, College, and Department/School/Area

Established in 1923, Texas Tech University is a Carnegie R1 (very high research activity) Doctoral/Research-Extensive, Hispanic Serving, and state-assisted institution. Located on a beautiful 1,850-acre campus in Lubbock, a city in West Texas with a growing metropolitan-area population of over 300,000, the university enrolls over 40,000 students with 33,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. As the primary research institution in the western two-thirds of the state, Texas Tech University is home to 10 colleges, the Schools of Law and Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate School.  The flagship of the Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. It is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world.


Founded in 1925 as one of the university's four original colleges, the College of Arts & Sciences is comprised of 15 departments, offering a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and natural sciences. The College has more than 10,000 students enrolled representing more than a quarter of the overall Texas Tech University student population while maintaining a 22:1 student to faculty ratio.


The Department of English is a diverse, dynamic, and interdisciplinary department with 45 tenure-line faculty and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in English and in Technical Communication and Rhetoric. Tenure-line faculty in the department teach a 2/2 at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in onsite, hybrid, and online modalities. The Technical Communication and Rhetoric program offers a BA, MA, and PhD in onsite, hybrid, and online delivery modalities. We also offer graduate certificates in Grants & Proposals and in Teaching Technical Communication. With around 120 students in our robust graduate program, our 14 faculty have opportunities to teach graduate courses in our areas of interest. Our program affords excellent facilities, including communication-rich classrooms, and opportunities to conduct research through the User Experience Lab, the Media Lab, and the Letterpress Studio. Please visit for information about the Department of English and the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program.


About Lubbock

Referred to as the “Hub City” because it serves as the educational, cultural, economic, and health care hub of the South Plains region, Lubbock boasts a diverse population and a strong connection to community, history, and land. With a mild climate, highly rated public schools, and a low cost of living, Lubbock is a family-friendly community that is ranked as one of the best places to live in Texas. Lubbock is home to a celebrated and ever-evolving music scene, a vibrant arts community, and is within driving distance of Dallas, Austin, Santa Fe, and other major metropolitan cities. Lubbock’s Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a comprehensive overview of the Lubbock community and its resources, programs, events, and histories. 


Equal Opportunity Statement

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


To Apply for this Position

Please include the following documents in your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter


Dossiers solicited later from exceptionally qualified candidates. Questions about this position should bedirected to Dr. T J Geiger II, Search Committee Chair at If you need assistance with theapplication process, contact Human Resources, Talent Acquisition at or 806-742-3851.


Application Process

Candidates must apply by October 6, 2023. To ensure full consideration, please complete an online applicationat Requisition 34918BR.

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