Associate/Full Professor and Writing Program Administrator

The Department of English at Colorado State University seeks applicants for a tenured position as Writing Program Administrator (WPA) with experience commensurate to appointment at the rank of tenured associate or full professor. We especially encourage candidates committed to equity-driven administration and teaching who possess scholarly expertise in writing studies (broadly construed), including an active research program in cultural rhetorics, writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines (WAC/WID), professional and technical communication (PTC), digital and multimodal rhetorics, and/or community literacy. Preference will be given to candidates who are well versed in social, cultural, and linguistic diversity and possess previous experience in an executive leadership role as senior administrator of a university writing program.

This is a 9-month tenured position with initial appointment as WPA for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2024. Throughout the term, the WPA teaches two courses per year with two course releases for program administration. The WPA receives two months of summer salary for program administration. Following the initial term as WPA, the successful candidate will have an opportunity for re-appointment to a second term or will return to a tenured faculty load, teaching four courses a year in addition to research and service.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D./Ed.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or a closely related field at time of appointment.
  • An established record of teaching, scholarship, research, and administration in writing studies commensurate with the rank of tenured Associate or Full Professor. 
  • A minimum of three years of similar or previous experience in management and interpersonal relations at the senior director level.


Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of excellence in scholarly research in writing program administration, cultural rhetorics, professional writing, digital literacy, composition pedagogy, and/or WAC/WID.
  • Interest in developing campus partnerships to expand the University Composition Program and to support interdisciplinary efforts in WAC/WID, scientific writing, and/or professional writing. 
  • Four or more years of leadership experience in writing program administration. 
  • Experience developing and implementing professional development for graduate teaching assistants, instructors, and faculty teaching within a University Composition Program.
  • Experience leading assessment of a composition program.
  • Educational background, pedagogical experience, and/or scholarship that address cultural rhetorics, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, and/or socioeconomic status within composition.



  • Direct the University Composition Program.
  • Maintain a research program in Writing Studies.
  • Teach one course per semester in the University Composition Program (UCP), Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy (WRL) English B.A. concentration, or Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change (WRSC) Graduate M.A. program, while serving as WPA. 
  • Mentor and advise students and graduate teaching assistants within the UCP, WRL, and WRSC programs.
  • Collaborate with faculty, students, university stakeholders, and community partners on strategic initiatives associated with the UCP.
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, and community.


$88,000-$109,500 Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Application Procedures and Deadlines

Please submit a letter of interest that speaks directly to the position qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a scholarly writing sample, an administrative philosophy (uploaded into the Special Required Documentation placeholder), and contact information for three references. References will be contacted, as needed, later in the search process. Finalists will be invited to prepare a brief portfolio demonstrating evidence of teaching and administrative effectiveness.


Description of the Work Unit

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The English department at CSU is a vibrant and diverse community comprised of poets and linguists, literacy researchers and teacher educators, novelists and literary scholars, and rhetoricians and composition specialists. This department is home to 35 tenure stream faculty, 48 contract, continuing, or adjunct faculty, 6 administrative personnel, and approximately 325 undergraduate majors and 75 graduate students. We share a passion for exploring the multiple and dynamic ways that the English language is used to meet the demands of life in the twenty-first century. Students, staff, and faculty are committed to inclusive excellence, intellectual growth, and the creation of a more just and sustainable world. Moreover, the department houses the University Composition program that serves over 6,000 students across lower- and upper-division writing and rhetoric courses focused on preparing students to succeed in university and professional writing contexts. We offer ten lower-division and upper-division courses in writing and rhetoric, including College Composition (CO150), Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (CO301B), Writing in Digital Environments (CO302), and Principles of Digital Rhetoric and Design (CO402). To learn more about the Department, visit our web site at:


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