Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

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Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University is currently establishing a pool of fixed-term non-tenure track assistant professors and instructors in our Professional & Public Writing (P2W) and Experience Architecture (XA) majors. Specialization is open. These positions will be filled per course/per semester, on an as-needed basis. Reappointment possible based on department needs and satisfactory job performance.


Duties: Depending on need, responsibilities can include teaching web development, information architecture, computational thinking, technical writing, and/or other similar courses in the P2W and/or XA programs, as well as engaging in curriculum-development activities. These positions will be filled on an as-needed basis. Applicants in this pool will be reviewed initially in October/November in order to fill known vacancies for the 2020-2021 school year. Subsequent applicants in this pool will be reviewed when the department has an immediate need to fill a vacancy.


Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu. Posting #613295


Required Degree

Doctorate - Rhetoric & Writing, Technical and/or Professional Communication, or appropriate related terminal degree (for assistant professor, non-tenure track)


Minimum Requirements

Position requirements: For fixed-term assistant professor positions, a PhD in rhetoric and writing studies or closely related field is required. For fixed-term instructor positions, an MA in rhetoric and writing studies or closely related field is required.


Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your alignment with some of our desired qualifications.
  4. A summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.
  5. The names and email addresses of 3 references.


For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Casey McArdle, in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, at 517-355-2400 or cmcardle@msu.edu


Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.


The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.


Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 

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