Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Writing Studies and WAC

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Oregon State University seeks to hire a PhD in English or rhetoric and composition, or a related field, to act as director of the Writing Intensive Curriculum, a position that will comprise 50% of the position description. The other 50% will constitute a typical tenured or tenure-track professorial appointment in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. This is an “open-rank” hire, and advanced assistant professors and tenured faculty are encouraged to apply.

This individual will teach two or three courses/year in the School of Writing, Literature and Film (which operates on three ten-week terms) and be responsible for maintaining the WIC curriculum, reviewing course proposals, organizing assessment with other faculty, and working with graduate student interns. The successful candidate will have a primary emphasis in writing studies with an interest and/or specialization in WAC/WID. Experience in administration and institutional expertise is expected. Successful candidates will have secondary specializations in areas that meet extant curricular needs, e.g.:

  • STEM Writing,
  • Technical and professional writing,
  • Scientific and/or environmental communication, 
  • English Language Learners (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL), or transnational literacies
  • Digital literacies/rhetorics

The WIC program is a key component of OSU’s general education program in that every bachelor’s seeking student at OSU must complete one WIC course in their major. The WIC Director is responsible for faculty development in the area of WIC instruction, for curricular assessment including serving on the Faculty Senate’s Baccalaureate Core Committee, and for outreach about the WIC program. The Director oversees the WIC budget and typically supervises a Graduate Assistant and an intern. The WIC Advisory Board is available for consultation and assistance with strategy and gaining a broad campus perspective. The WIC Director is also a member of the Office of Undergraduate Education’s leadership team.

Minimum/Required Qualifications: 

Ph.D. in English or Rhetoric and Composition or a related field.

Demonstrated effectiveness of high-quality undergraduate teaching.

Evidence of administrative success in institutional or organizational capacities.

Demonstrated potential for establishing a research agenda that results in publication in refereed journals.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Evidence of commitment to interdisciplinary writing success and support.


Preferred (Special) Qualifications:

Experience teaching second language learners in English composition.

Administrative experience training GTAs, instructors, or conducting pedagogical workshops.

Demonstrated interest in curricular development in undergraduate and graduate rhetoric and writing courses.

Experience mentoring faculty and graduate students.


Oregon State University is a Carnegie R1 institution. Research expectations include publication of original scholarship in the areas described above. Teaching expectations include assignments in undergraduate baccalaureate core writing courses, undergraduate upper-division writing courses, and graduate courses within the MA program.

Initial applications should include: (1) a CV that includes the names and contact information for three people who can offer letters of recommendation (recommenders will only be contacted with approval of the candidate); (2) an introductory cover letter that addresses qualifications for the position criteria outlined above; and (3) a one-page statement describing the applicant’s administrative philosophy and experience.

Dates for this hire:

Priority Application Deadline for full consideration: November 15th

Expected Dates for Video Interviews: December 12-17th

Expected Month for Campus Visits: January


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