Assistant Professor in Writing and Rhetoric studies

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The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in writing and rhetoric studies to begin July 1, 2020. The desired areas of specialization include digital rhetoric, multi modal composition, and public theory.  The successful candidate will teach a 2-2 course load that includes both first-year writing courses and graduate courses. In addition, the candidate will actively contribute to an evolving undergraduate curriculum in public and professional writing as well as a graduate emphasis in public engagement.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must hold a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related discipline by July 1, 2020, demonstrate a record of effective teaching, and exhibit potential for substantial peer-reviewed publications commensurate with the expectations of a Research 1 university.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working on specific projects with and between diverse communities and/or professional and public-facing organizations is preferred.  Preference will be given to candidates whose research intersects with two or more of these areas and to candidates whose research articulates a relationship between identity markers—race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.—and digital platforms of various sorts.

Required Attachment(s)

Please attach the following documents to your application.  Please contact, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:

1)  Resume/Vita

2)  A cover letter explaining your qualifications, research area, and teaching experience

3)  Reference contact information for three professional references

4)  A writing sample

5)  A one-page teaching philosophy

6)  Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying

Posting Close Time

This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

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Contact Information

Catherine Chaput,, Search Chair

Brenda Kishpaugh,, Search Coordinator


The Department of English has well over 400 majors and minors, with an increasingly diverse population of students studying writing, literature and linguistics. Our faculty teach a wide range of courses which draw on a multitude of critical, rhetorical and linguistic perspectives. We have an MA and PhD emphases in rhetoric and writing studies as well as an interdisciplinary MA emphasis in public engagement. Many of our students take a certificate in the Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) program. Faculty are encouraged to collaborate with GRI, Core Humanities, and the Ozman Global Studies Institute. In addition, the Rhetoric and Composition faculty work closely with the Core Writing Program and other areas of the President’s initiative in Writing and Speaking.

The College of Liberal Arts is central to the intellectual and artistic life of the University of Nevada, Reno and is committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusivity. The college emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts. The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been classified as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity. Nearly half of incoming students identify as being from an underrepresented group. In accordance with the university's land grant, tier one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene along the Truckee River. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and for outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico. The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, thirty (30) days of sick leave provided upon start date and two (2) days of sick leave accrued per full month after the first year of service, two (2) days of annual leave accrued each full month, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.  Dual Career Assistance Program

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