Assistant Professor of Professional Writing

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 to fill a 9-month, tenure-track position in the area Technical and Professional Writing.


The successful candidate will teach a 4/4 load of undergraduate courses in professional writing, business communication, as well as other writing and humanities courses that fit the department’s needs and the candidate’s interests. The candidate will have a 3/3 teaching load in the first year and can receive additional course reassignments for research. 

The successful candidate will 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 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.

The successful candidate 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 on October 15th and will continue until the position is 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 education and experience:

  • Ph.D. or ABD in Rhetoric and Composition, Technical and Professional Writing, or related field at the time of the appointment. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by 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.

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

  • Experience teaching technical writing and/or business communication courses that provide practical rhetorical knowledge to students in various majors
  • Professional experience as a technical communicator/technical writer
  • Course design that allows students to engage in service learning or experiential learning
  • Collaborative teaching, team-teaching, or writing across the curriculum
  • Professional experience writing in the disciplines (e.g., in intelligence-gathering communities, the gaming industry, engineering / simulations industries)
  • Experience cultivating industry relationships to develop a professional writing internship course at the undergraduate level

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