Assistant or Associate Professor of Composition and Writing

Howard University

Department of English

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor, with research interests in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. We seek outstanding applicants whose areas of study emphasize one or more of these areas: digital rhetorics, technical and professional writing, eco-composition, rhetorics of race and new technologies, rhetorics of health and medicine, or cultural rhetorics: Latinx, Black, African diasporic, decolonial, indigenous, feminist. Successful candidates are expected to develop extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented students is highly desired. 

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is currently classified as an R2 research university with aspirations and actions underway to achieve R1 status. It is a residential campus of over 13,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of English currently consists of 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, conducting research with specializations in African American, American, British and Caribbean and comparative literatures and critical theory. It offers BA and PhD degrees in these areas with focus in Literature, Language, and Writing studies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate in Rhetoric, Writing Studies, or other related field from an accredited institution;
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor.
  •  Effective communication and organizational skills; and
  •  Evidence of successful teaching experience.

Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing

1) Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above;

 2) Current curriculum vita;

3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans;

 4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and

 5) Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Dr. David F. Greene and submitted electronically  Screening will begin on December 1st, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2024. Additional details and information can be found at 

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.


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