Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and Director of Composition

The School of Humanities and English Program at The University of Southern Mississippi invite applications for a tenure-track position in composition and rhetoric to begin Fall 2024. The successful candidate will direct the first-year composition program and teach undergraduates and a graduate course in writing and pedagogy.

The first-year composition program at The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to fostering student engagement through reading and writing and to providing students with strategies and resources for communicating across academic, professional, and public settings. Our composition courses play an important role in equipping students for success and helping establish a culture of writing across the university. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to teaching first-year writing and diverse student populations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Teach two courses per semester, including a graduate course on writing and pedagogy
  2. Review, revise, and/or develop composition curriculum (both traditional and online) as needed
  3. Conduct program assessment
  4. Mentor graduate writing instructors and collaborate with other English faculty, including composition faculty, on mentoring graduate instructors and on various aspects of the composition program curriculum
  5. Schedule teaching assignments across the composition curriculum in light of program needs and in collaboration with leadership
  6. Work collaboratively across the English program, Student Success, and General Education Committees, and with other university stakeholders
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications 

A Ph.D. by the time of appointment in English with an emphasis in composition and rhetoric or related field.  Evidence of an active research agenda and a commitment to teaching and service.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience with writing program administration, curriculum, and assessment.

Experience with digital and online pedagogies, research, and technologies in composition and rhetoric.


Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV by December 1, 2023. Additional materials, such as letters of recommendation, writing sample, administrative philosophy, teaching philosophy, and official graduate transcripts may be requested later in the review process. Questions should be directed to Dr. Matthew Casey, Director, School of Humanities,


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About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.



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