Assistant Professor of English, Academic General Faculty

The Writing and Rhetoric Program at the University of Virginia invites applications for an Assistant Professor of English, general faculty, beginning August 2024. This is a three-year, tenure-ineligible appointment with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon available funding, satisfactory performance, and need for the positions. 

 Responsibilities will include teaching three courses per semester, typically two first-year writing courses and one intermediate or advanced writing or rhetoric course, and departmental service. Assistant professors on the general faculty, after serving for six years, become eligible for promotion to the rank of associate (tenure-ineligible) and afterward to full professor (tenure-ineligible).

 The Writing and Rhetoric Program is part of the English Department. It is a growing, energetic program whose faculty have a rich range of educational backgrounds and interests.

Questions about the position should be directed to Professor T. Kenny Fountain, chair of the search committee, at


A Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, English, Writing Studies, or a related field, or an MFA in Creative Writing is required for this position. Applicants must hold a terminal degree at the time of appointment.

We prefer applicants with experience teaching composition/first-year writing as well as experience or interest in teaching intermediate and advanced Writing or Rhetoric courses that may contribute to our new minor in Public Writing and Rhetoric. We are also interested in applicants with administrative experience in a Writing and Rhetoric-focused program. 

Ideal applicants will demonstrate a commitment to supporting and developing diverse communities. They will have experience or teaching expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • working with diverse student groups (e.g. first-generation students, low-income students, veterans, students of color, non-traditional, neurodiverse, and LGBTQ students).
  • developing student experiences in digital writing and media.
  • creating community engagement courses and partnerships.

In a continuing effort to enrich the academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Virginia actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Application Instructions

Visit to apply. Review of applications begins May 17, 2024. Complete an application online with the following documents in a single PDF:

  • Cover letter of interest that includes how you meet the stated qualifications, your teaching interest and experience, and how your skills and experiences could advance the University's ambition to cultivate the most vibrant community in higher education in order to prepare students to be leaders in a diverse and globally connected world.
  • CV with names and contact information for three recommenders.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (one-page single-spaced maximum).
  • Two sample syllabi with weekly schedules, one should be from a first-year writing course and the other could be from an intermediate or advanced course.
  • Two writing assignment sheets or writing prompts from at least one of the courses whose syllabi you share.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physicians Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, and family medical or genetic information.

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