Hiring Department

English and Technical Communication



Application Deadline

Open until filled with review of applications to begin September 29, 2023 and continue until the position is filled



Full Time/Part Time

Full Time, Benefit Eligible



Job Description

The Department of English and Technical Communication at Missouri University of Science & Technology seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor of Technical Communication beginning August 2024.

Successful candidates might diversify the existing strengths in our department through experience with:

  • Technical communication across linguistic and/or cultural divides
  • Innovative technologies, their uses, and their implications
  • Science and/or engineering communication
  • Social justice in technical communication

This list is not intended to be exhaustive; we recognize that innovative work in technical communication and related fields is happening in focal areas that may not be included here. As such, we invite applicants to envision the ways that the expertise you have cultivated might contribute to the new PhD program as well as other initiatives in our department. Please articulate these perspectives clearly in your application cover letter. 

Our proposed new PhD program aims to train professionals on the cutting edge of research and practice in technical communication for the global information economy. We seek applicants for this position who will bring valuable perspectives on the ethics, technological tools, methods/methodologies, and practical impacts of this endeavor. The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic about incorporating these perspectives into instruction in our undergraduate and M.S. curricula.

Experience outside the academy is desirable and might include paid or volunteer work in government, business, nonprofit organizations, industry, or the military, among other venues.

About the Position

This is a research-forward position, requiring an active, ongoing scholarly research program in technical communication, rhetoric, and/or related fields. To allow ample time for research, mentoring graduate students, and maintaining industry relationships, the position carries a 2/2 teaching load.

The successful candidate will have experience teaching courses related to our program offerings, and will be prepared to teach all levels of courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in technical communication. They will likewise be enthusiastic about developing new courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. All department faculty are expected to maintain a well-defined and productive research program, as well as to contribute in service to the department, college, and university.

The Department of English and Technical Communication is a multi-disciplinary department, boasting expertise in the fields of English, technical and professional communication, rhetoric, linguistics, creative writing, and English as an additional language. We offer an innovative B.S. in English and technical communication that allows students to select modular foci tailored to their post-graduation interests as well as an M.S. and graduate certificate in technical communication.

The department is committed to the values of inclusion, equity, and diversity, and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented or marginalized communities. Inclusivity is a priority during the application and hiring process as well as during employment in our program. Resources such as on-site childcare, access to a lactation room, regular breaks, inclusive meals, gender neutral restrooms, and other needs as indicated by the candidate will be available during the on-campus interview phase. In service of this commitment, the department will also bear all travel expenses for on-campus interviews up front, rather than relying on reimbursement of candidates.

Missouri S&T is a campus of approximately 9,000 students, and offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, arts, humanities and business, with master's and Ph.D. programs available in many of the science and engineering programs and master's degrees in biological sciences, business administration, and technical communication.

Ample opportunity to develop new courses and to be innovative exists on our campus through collaboration with colleagues across departments and disciplines. Some organizations that facilitate this kind of work include:

How to Apply

Interested candidates should electronically submit their application consisting of: 1) a cover letter not more than 2 pages, 2) a current curriculum vitae, to Missouri S&T’s Human Resources Office at: using reference number 47565. Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and MS Word. Review of applications will begin on September 29 and continue until the position is filled. For more information prior to submitting an application, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Carleigh Davis at

The committee hopes to follow up with second round candidates in mid-October and bring finalists to campus in early December. Additional materials including references may be solicited throughout the screening process.

Questions about the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Carleigh Davis at

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in technical communication, rhetoric, writing studies or related discipline in hand no later than August 15, 2024.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will contribute substantially to the development of a proposed  new Ph.D. program in Global Technical Communication, designed to produce highly-qualified industry professionals. We are seeking an individual with a growth mindset who is ready to build new opportunities for students, the department, and the university while helping shape the future of humanities education on STEM-focused campuses.


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In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

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