Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, culturally diverse institution providing quality education and research in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and other related fields with residential campuses located in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona. The University's Worldwide campus provides educational opportunities online and at approximately 130 locations throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Central/South America.

As the largest and most comprehensive aviation and aerospace-focused university in the world, Embry-Riddle is a unique institution. Over the past 90 years, the University has evolved with industry to break new ground and produce top-level graduates who serve the ever-changing needs of aviation and aerospace and other STEM-related disciplines. Embry-Riddle offers programs in seven primary fields of study including: Applied Science; Aviation; Business; Computers and Technology; Engineering; Safety, Security, and Intelligence; and Space.

For Academic Year 2022-23, there were over 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students that attended the University's residential campuses and approximately 20,195 students in total enrolled with the University around the world.

The Opportunity:

The Department of Humanities and Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, is seeking applicants to fill a 9-month tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition.


The successful candidate will teach a 4/4 load of undergraduate courses, including first-year writing, rhetoric, and humanities courses with the potential to develop new courses. Candidates will have a 3/3 teaching load in the first year and can receive additional course reassignments for research.  

The successful candidate will be expected to support the department, college, and campus through service as well as cultivate and maintain a research agenda in the candidate’s area of expertise. The candidate should be willing to participate in the department’s development of certificates and programs, as well as on-going programmatic assessment efforts.

The Department of Humanities and Communication offers a range of general education courses and a Humanities minor. We collaborate closely with other departments and programs to support the University’s core curriculum and STEM-related missions.

Successful candidates will join a diverse department with colleagues whose scholarship reaches across a wide range of specializations, including technical writing, writing program administration, rhetorical theory, media literacies, environmental literacy, social justice, cultural rhetorics, health communication, and experiential learning.


To ensure full consideration, please apply online at by uploading 1) a letter of application, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information of three professional references.  Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. Only electronic applications will be considered.

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Rick Mangum,

ERAU benefits include:

  • Retirement Plan - ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 4% of employee contributions
  • Two BCBS health plans – PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account
  • Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children
  • Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mailroom and enjoy observation flights

Required Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field at the time of the appointment, August 15, 2024. The candidate must have experience teaching writing courses at the college level as well as evidence of scholarship and an interest in professional development.

Preferred Qualifications

We are interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Research agenda that is reflected in conference presentations and publications in the field of Rhetoric and Composition or Writing Studies

• Evidence of teaching effectiveness that takes advantage of diverse learning strategies and technologies to enhance student learning

• Experience teaching introductory writing courses that emphasize public engagement or experiential learning

• Experience in participating in programmatic assessment and curriculum design for first-year writing and humanities courses; implementation of assessment-based programmatic improvements.

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