Assistant Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University

The Department of English at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Pennsylvania, USA, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of English, with a specialization in the field of rhetoric and writing, to begin Fall 2024.

Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D. in English, writing, rhetoric, communication, or a related field at time of appointment. We are looking for someone with a promising research record in the field of rhetoric who is ready to participate in the life of a large English department. Experience or interest in administering a writing program would be advantageous but not required.

In addition, successful candidates should either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

The typical teaching assignment for faculty in rhetoric is two courses per semester, with regular opportunities to teach senior seminars and graduate seminars. Graduate students in our program can pursue dual title Ph.D.s in Visual Studies; African American Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Applications must be submitted to the Penn State’s Job Posting Board and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references.

System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5 MB per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5-document limit.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to 75% tuition discounts (including for a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 26) and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.


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