Assistant Professor of English in Composition Studies

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Assistant Professor of English in Composition Studies


Requisition ID: 2024-7499
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Tooele
Category: Faculty
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Faculty
College: College of Humanities & Social Sci
Department: English
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits

The Department of English at Utah State University Tooele seeks applications for an academic-year, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English in Composition Studies, with a specialization in first-year composition. Experience teaching professional communication at the lower-division level is strongly preferred. Additional areas of specialization within first-year composition can include multimodal and/or digital writing, translingualism, transformative pedagogies, or other areas of expertise related to the position. USU Tooele is part of USU's Statewide community of campuses, and candidates should be experts in pedagogies that support the learning, recruitment, and retention of a wide variety of students, including non-traditional students, first-generation students, students of color, students with disabilities, and students from rural backgrounds. We also welcome applications from candidates who have teaching and research interests in fields with direct demographic and geographic connections to USU Tooele and other Statewide locations, including interests in Latinx studies, Indigenous studies, Southwest border studies, environmental humanities, Land/Water/Air initiatives, and rural-urban studies. The candidate will join a department committed to transformative pedagogies and equal opportunities for all students.

The applicant is required to have a PhD in Rhetoric & Composition or a related field, a strong teaching record, and potential for publication. This is a teaching-centered position with a teaching load of three courses per semester (3/3); the candidate will be expected to teach courses to Statewide students primarily via the Connect synchronous course delivery format, which provides simultaneous in-person instruction for Tooele students and synchronous virtual instruction for all other Statewide and Logan students. The candidate will also engage in research as their secondary area. Candidates publishing in a variety of genres, from academic research to public humanities to creative nonfiction, will be encouraged to apply. Teaching will be based on the Tooele campus, approximately 30 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. The position begins in August 2024.

The successful applicant will contribute to the department in the following ways:



  • Teach at least four CL1 and CL2 (general education) composition courses a year to Tooele and Statewide students, meeting strong continuing demand in this area of the department’s undergraduate curriculum. These courses include ENGL 2020: Professional Communication, ENGL 2010: Research and Argument Across Perspectives, and ENGL 1010: Writing as Inquiry.
  • Provide students with mentoring and educational opportunities to develop transferable workforce skills for a variety of careers and professions.
  • Strengthen the structure and support the development of the composition program.
  • Teach courses in additional areas of the department’s undergraduate curriculum, based upon department need and the successful candidate’s interests and expertise.


Minimum Qualifications:




  • Applicants must have earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field and must have fulfilled their degree requirements by August 1, 2024.
  • Must have a proven record of effective and innovative teaching of first-year composition.

Preferred Qualifications:



  • Demonstrated interest in teaching professional communication courses at the general education level.
  • Demonstrate potential for research in the discipline.


Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:




  1. CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV".
  2. Name and contact information for 3 professional references to be entered into Candidate Profile.
  3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.

Candidates advancing to the next round will be asked to provide a philosophy of teaching, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

University Highlights
Utah State University actively pursues equal opportunities for all students through education, research, creative activity, and collaboration. Women, minority, and veteran candidates, as well as candidates with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, creative work, and transformative pedagogy within both historic and contemporary timeframes. Beyond Composition, Department of English programs include Literature, Creative Writing, English Education, Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Folklore, and American Studies.

For further information about the Department of English, refer to For further information about USU’s Statewide Campuses, including Tooele, refer to

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.

As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.

Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU.

The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or

About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation.

*updated 7/2023

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