NEH Seminar


Below is information about an NEH seminar, Masters of Prose (Johnson, Lincoln, Churchill), that I will be directing this summer on the Boston University campus. Please feel free to circulate it to those you think might be interested in applying. Information about the design and goals of the seminar, as well as directions for applying, will be sent to those who e-mail me with their request.

Thanks for your help.

John Briggs
Professor of English
Director, Entry-Level Writing Program
Department of English
UC Riverside

Masters of English Prose:
Samuel Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Writing Studies

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Writing Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position in rhetoric and composition.

Primary responsibilities include teaching a full range of composition courses as well as courses in the interdisciplinary general education program. Other responsibilities include advising students and working with faculty colleagues on program development and assessment.


2 Lecturers UNC-Chapel Hill

2 Lecturers in Composition -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill invites applications for two full-time lecturers to teach composition in a Writing in the Disciplines curriculum. All UNC students own laptop computers, and all writing instructors can teach in wireless, multimedia classrooms. Extensive campus digital studios for undergraduates. We will hire one specialist to teach Scientific/Technical Communication and one to teach Business/Professional Communication. Demonstrated excellence and experience in teaching scientific or professional communication at the college level is primary and essential. PhD preferred.


Tenure Track Position in Rhetoric and Communications (University of Winnipeg)

The University of Winnipeg invites applications for a tenure-track position in its Centre for Academic Writing, which offers an exciting new Major in Rhetoric and Communications. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2007. The candidate should have or be close to completing a PhD in rhetoric, composition, or communication, or any combination of these areas. We will also consider candidates with a PhD (or one close to completion) in English or Education with a concentration in rhetoric or composition and expertise in an area such as communication theory, technical/professional communication, computer-mediated communication, or communication and culture. Experience teaching undergraduate writing courses is a definite asset. The successful candidate will teach upper-level rhetoric, writing, and/or communication courses as well as a range of discipline-specific first-year Academic Writing courses; will contribute to course and program development; and will be expected to carry out a research program. This position is subject to budgetary approval. The University of Winnipeg is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is initially directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2006. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, a writing sample, and a relevant course outline to: Dr. Judith Kearns, Director, Centre for Academic Writing, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3B 2E9. Phone: 204-786-9848. Fax: 204-774-4134. Email:


Writing Center Director Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago invites applications for the position of Writing Center Director, full-time, academic staff. Our established Writing Center, serving 600-700 students per week, provides a vibrant teaching and learning environment for a community of writers, readers, and thinkers. The Director of the Writing Center is responsible for leadership and administration of the Writing Center and for teaching one course per semester in the First-year Writing program.

Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of current theories that underpin tutoring and peer-tutor training and possess a sound pedagogical vision that integrates WAC and tutor development. Experience in tutoring and teaching writing to culturally and linguistically diverse populations of college students strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in composition/rhetoric and writing center administrative experience.


December 2006: 30th Anniversary of WPA at MLA

Dear WPA Members and Friends:

If you're going to MLA in Philadelphia this year, please note these WPA events on your convention schedules:
(more details available at

Panel: “Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,” Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott.


Stern College for Women, the undergraduate college of arts and sciences for women of Yeshiva University, seeks an experienced, enthusiastic teacher/administrator to direct its new Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative. The focus of this tenure-track position will be helping individual departments to articulate the criteria for writing in their disciplines, supporting their efforts to translate those criteria into effective pedagogical strategies, and facilitating the development of department-based writing courses designed to give majors the discipline-specific skills necessary to write, read, and research effectively in their chosen fields. Over the longer term, the WAC Director will work with the Director of the Writing Center and faculty involved in the Composition program in offering faculty and students the support and skills they need to foster a thriving culture of writing at Stern.


Assistant Professor, Rhetoric/Composition & Professional Writing

University of Northern Iowa; Cedar Falls, IA ( tenure-track, begin Fall 2007; nationally competitive salary, superior benefits, attractive teaching load. Teach courses in rhetorical theory and composition and also in professional writing; help build the Department's growing Writing Programs; contribute to the University's Liberal Arts Core.

Qualifications--Required: Ph.D. (ABD considered) in rhetoric/composition or professional/technical communication or related field; evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Preferred: supervision of teaching within a university writing program and/or internship coordination.


Two Assistant Professor Positions in Rhetoric and Writing (Oakland University)

7 November 2006

The Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Journalism at Oakland University (Rochester, MI) seeks applicants for two tenure-track positions at the rank of assistant professor beginning fall 2007 for the Rhetoric and Writing Studies program.

The successful candidates will teach first-year composition and upper-division courses for our proposed Rhetoric & Writing major, will develop new courses for the major, and will pursue active research agendas. Expected teaching assignment is 3/2.

Required: PhD in Rhetoric and Composition in hand by fall 2007 and demonstrated excellence in teaching writing on the post-secondary level. Preferred: experience teaching with new technologies. Areas of interest might include: literacy and new technologies, visual literacy, writing across the curriculum, history of rhetoric, pedagogy, or rhetorical theory.


Position Announcement at Philadelphia University

Dear colleagues,

Philadelphia University is seeking to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing for a one-year appointment. Start date will be in August 2007.

Here’s the link to the position announcement:

I would be happy to answer candidates’ specific questions about the position, the institution’s plan to advertise next year for a full-time tenure-track position in Writing, and the various programs at Philadelphia University. Thank you for spreading the word about this Visiting line for 2007-08.