Director of Composition; Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

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The Department of English and Philosophy at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) invites applications for a tenured, full-time associate professor to serve as the Director of Composition. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related field and are expected to have previous experience in a leadership role in writing program administration. Candidates should have scholarly expertise in writing studies (broadly construed) as well as significant experience teaching both first-year and advanced writing courses. Candidates will have opportunities to contribute to areas of future growth in the department through work in digital rhetorics and new media, digital humanities, and professional and technical writing. The Director of Composition role is a full-time, 12-month appointment with a course load of four courses per academic year. 

We seek an individual with demonstrated evidence of:

 

  • academic administrative experience;
  • strengths in undergraduate and graduate teaching, including online teaching;
  • excellence in scholarship and research;
  • a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion; and
  • excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences.

 

The Director of Composition serves as the senior writing program administrator in the Department of English and Philosophy at Auburn University at Montgomery. They work with the Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy and the Associate Director of Composition to create, maintain, and enhance the quality of first-year writing programs at the university.

The primary responsibilities of the Director of Composition include:

  • regularly teaching courses within the first-year writing sequence;
  • overseeing curriculum implementation and development within the composition program;
  • assisting with ongoing assessment of first-year writing courses and the composition program;
  • organizing professional development for the composition program and mentoring faculty, especially graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), adjunct instructors, and lecturers;
  • consulting with the Chair of the Department concerning scheduling and staffing assignments; and
  • working with the Chair of the Department to promote the composition program at the university.

To Apply:

Please complete an online application at https://www.jobs.aum.edu/postings/6612 and upload

  • curriculum vitae,
  • cover letter,
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • statement of research agenda
  • statement on academic leadership philosophy
  • transcripts (official transcripts will be required at time of hire), and
  • professional references sheet


Review of applications will begin as received with priority given to applications received by February 23, 2024. While the position will remain open until filled, AUM reserves the right to stop accepting applications once interviewing has begun.

Auburn University at Montgomery is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity; therefore, we encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates are expected to have experience commensurate to appointment at the rank of associate professor with tenure. Additionally, they should possess previous experience in a leadership role in writing program administration. Candidates should have scholarly expertise in writing studies (broadly construed) as well as significant experience teaching both first-year and advanced writing courses. Candidates will have opportunities to contribute to areas of future growth in the department through work in digital rhetorics and new media, digital humanities, and professional and technical writing.

 

 


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