Assistant Professor of English - Specialization in Composition and Rhetoric

Assistant Professor of English - Specialization in Composition and Rhetoric
University of North Carolina Wilmington



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Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric, and secondary interest in Linguistics, ESL Composition, Journalism, and/or Writing Program Administration, to begin August 2024.
The preferred candidate will be prepared to teach, as part of their schedule, upper-level undergraduate classes in our Professional Writing major, as well as assist with the coordination of our university composition program. The typical teaching load for research-active faculty is 3 courses per semester. The Department of English at UNCW is committed to teaching courses in the university’s core curriculum, and to extending opportunities for faculty members to develop and teach courses within their specialties.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • PhD in Composition and Rhetoric or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and research

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Demonstrate successful college/university teaching and display clear evidence of scholarly potential.
  • Exhibit an interest in Writing Program Administration and a secondary interest in Linguistics, ESL Composition, or Journalism.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The English Department at UNCW is composed of three tracks: Literary and Cultural Studies, Professional Writing, and English Education. We house BA, BA/MA, and MA programs, as well as a Certificate in Professional Writing, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science and Medical Writing, and minors in English and Journalism.
Faculty members also have opportunities to teach as part of interdisciplinary programs across campus, including the Honors College. Our department features the Wentworth Travel Fellowship, a self-designed travel opportunity for students rooted in their scholarly or literary interests. For more information visit our department website at

College/School Information
The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts (CHSSA) is home to 14 academic departments and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Public Administration as well as combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in Spanish and English. The CHSSA also houses the Gender Studies and Research Center, an interdisciplinary and intersectional community of students, scholars, and advocates committed to social justice and equity.

In addition, the CHSSA offers a full complement of minors including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, American studies, Asian studies, classical studies, European studies, forensic science, journalism, Latin American studies, medical humanities, Middle East and Islamic studies, Native American studies, and women and gender studies. Undergraduate certificates for professional writing and publishing, as well as a number of post-baccalaureate certificates such as conflict management and resolution, emergency and disaster management, forensic science, science and medical writing, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and Hispanic studies are a part of the college’s offerings.

The CHSSA contributes significantly to the curriculum that comprises UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The CHSSA strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Graduate programs in the CHSSA are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts. Each of the CHSSA’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations.

Upon completion of their studies, all CHSSA students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives. The College of Humanities, Social Science, and the Arts offers limitless opportunities to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary research and service while also making a positive societal impact. Come and join our vibrant academic environment that values discovery, innovation, and creativity.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on December 4th, 2023, the posting closing date.
To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  • Cover letter/letter of application that addresses research, teaching, and service, to be addressed to search committee chair Dr. Sarah Hallenbeck at
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of 3 Professional references
  • If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Please note that a minimum of three references are required for all applications.
Letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.
For questions about the position or online application process, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Sarah Hallenbeck,

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