Assistant Professor: Professional Writing and/or Journalism

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Assistant Professor, Professional Writing and/or Journalism

We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Professional Writing and/or Journalism, beginning August 2006. Required: a PhD with a concentration in professional writing, rhetoric, and/or journalism and a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching. Responsibilities will include teaching such undergraduate and graduate courses as magazine writing, editing, journalism, professional writing, and rhetorical theory. Preference will be given to candidates experienced in teaching with technology. All tenure-line faculty participate in teaching basic studies courses in composition or literature. Candidates should expect to engage in an active and productive research agenda as well as contribute to departmental and college service. To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at A letter of application, vita, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Keith Newlin, Search Committee Chair, and attached to the online application—not emailed, mailed, or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are preferred. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Jane Bullock at (910) 962-3764. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release. The search committee will conduct interviews at the MLA Convention in Washington. UNCW, ranked among the top ten regional public universities in the South, is located in an historic coastal resort city and is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, San Diego State University

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall Semester, 2006.

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition or comparable area. Degree must be completed by August 24, 2006.

Candidates should combine background in Rhetoric and Composition studies with strong expertise and experience in writing and community practices. The person chosen for this position will coordinate the department’s initiatives related to community writing. Demonstrated ability to work with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and a commitment to teaching and scholarship are essential. Responsibilities include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric, writing, and related areas. Desirable areas of specialization include ethnic rhetorics, assessment of writing, and program design and development.


WPA at MLA 2005: The Panels

WPA Panels at 2005 MLA in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 29 December
599. Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media
7:15-8:30 p.m., Hoover, Marriott Wardman Park

Presiding: Shirley K Rose, Purdue University

1. "The More Things Change"
Deborah H. Holdstein, Northern Illinois University
2. "Breaking (the) News: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers in Mainstream Media through the WPA Network for Media Action"
Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan University
3. "Coming Soon to a Writing Program Near You"

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Program Administrator

Job Announcement: Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Program Administrator

The University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor to serve as Writing Program Administrator (WPA), starting in the Fall semester of AY 2006-07; the WPA has a 2/1 teaching load per academic year, including undergraduate and graduate teaching, and thesis and dissertation supervision. The WPA will work with and supervise Associate and Assistant Directors of the First-Year English Program (FYEP), the Director and Associate Director of the Writing Center, and the Coordinator of Developmental English. The WPA will also be responsible for supervising graduate teaching assistant training and coordinating outcomes assessments for the individual programs listed above as well as for the English Department as a whole. Additional duties will include serving as a liaison between the English Department and other University departments and programs, providing leadership and assistance in the development of cross-disciplinary writing programs and initiatives. The WPA must be an active researcher—preferably in two or more of the following areas: writing program administration, assessment, pedagogy of writing, and writing across the curriculum (WAC), and writing in the disciplines (WID). Additional research or experience in technical writing, educational technology, distance learning, learning communities, or service learning is desirable. Minimal qualifications are a PhD in English, Rhetoric, Composition, or a related field as well as experience as a writing program administrator or a similar administrative position. Salary is commensurate with credentials/experience, and is based on a nine-month contract. Summer teaching is a possibility. Located in the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area, UTA is rated a Doctoral/Research Extensive University by the Carnegie Foundation and offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. Applications must be postmarked no later than November 15 if applicants wish to be considered for an MLA interview. Position open until filled. Send letter of application and CV to Professor Kevin Porter, Chair, WPA Search Committee, English Department, P.O. Box 19035, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019-0035. UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Muir College Writing Program Director, University of California, San Diego


John Muir College at the University of California, San Diego, seeks a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) to serve as Director of its Writing Program. Details about the program, a required two-quarter sequence, may be found at

The LPSOE is a Faculty Senate position comparable to a tenure-track assistant professor whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education. The Muir Writing Director is expected to be an academic leader who, in addition to teaching in the program, contributes to its design and implementation the insights of current research in composition and rhetoric; recruits, trains, and supervises lecturers and teaching assistants; monitors the program’s effectiveness; supervises a three-person staff; develops support services such as tutoring; and works collaboratively with senior staff to coordinate the activities of and set goals for the college as a whole. Supervision of the program in summer session as well as during the academic year is normally required. He/she reports to the Muir College Provost.


Assistant Professor, Composition

Creighton University seeks a full-time, tenure track, assistant professor in Rhetoric and Composition. Applicants should be proven, excellent teachers and have strong continuing familiarity with developments in technology, digital media, and writing, and be able to share this expertise. The successful candidate will teach upper- and lower-division composition courses. Three -course load per semester. Ph.D. preferred, ABD considered. Position begins August 2006. Candidates are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with Creighton’s English Department (, programs, and University mission ( Applications must be postmarked by November 1. Send three recommendation letters, vita, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate/undergraduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable initially), and supporting materials to Bob Whipple, Chair, Search Committee, Department of English, Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68178. Include email address. All applications will be acknowledged. MLA interviews preferred. A Jesuit, Catholic institution, Creighton University encourages applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds who believe they can contribute to the university’s distinctive educational traditions. Creighton is an EEO/AA employer and seeks a wide range of applicants for the position so that one of our core values – ethnic and cultural diversity – may be realized.

Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program, Univ. of Calif., Davis

Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program -- Associate or Full Professor

The University of California, Davis, seeks to hire an associate or full professor to direct the University Writing Program, an independent academic program. The appointee will carry the title of Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program for the duration of his or her tenure as director. We are seeking a candidate with successful administrative experience in a composition or writing program, preferably in a large public university, and with an emerging or national reputation in Composition and Rhetoric Studies. Ability to work with faculty in a large range of science, social science, and humanities disciplines desirable, as well as experience with assessment projects. Proven grant-writing ability is also desirable. Information about the program can be located at


(Unofficial) Call for Proposals: 2006 WPA Conference

We'll soon be posting the official call for proposals for the 2006 conference in Chattanooga. Until then, here's an Advance Copy
Call for Proposals
2006 WPA Conference
"Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities"
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN
July 13-16, 2006
Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2006

The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16. In addition to plenary speakers and concurrent panel sessions addressing the conference theme, "Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities," the program will include development mini-workshops and a several new ones on such topics as Documenting a Writing Program, Preparing an Administrative Portfolio/WPA Promotion Case, and Planning for Publishing Program Research. Ask your department chair or dean for funding to attend these mini-workshops! We also invite attendees to prepare poster presentations or other exhibits of their programs' special initiatives, research projects, or signature areas.

WPA at MLA: the party

Going to MLA? Come to the WPA Party!

All WPAs attending the MLA in Washington D.C. are invited to the Council of Writing Program Administrators' party.

When: Thursday, December 29th, 2005, 8:30- 11:00 PM--immediately following our Thursday evening panel on "Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media," from 7:15-8:30 in the Hoover Room at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Where: Ireland's Four Provinces (where we've celebrated before)

Address: 3412 Connecticut Avenue NW (202) 244-0860. That's one block south of the Cleveland Park Metro station on the Red line.

True and Candid Compositions Site Launched

For immediate use Sept. 14, 2005
Photo: To download a photo, see end of story.
Library debuts Web site of history as written by Carolina students

UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has written a new chapter of history – digitally. “True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina” will go live on the Internet today (Sept. 14).
There are tales about student discipline, as in this 1810 letter from John Ramsey to the university trustees:
“The reason upon which was founded my suspension appeared to have been the act of firing one pistol and if it is any palliation of the crime, it did not take place within the hours prescribed by law for study, nor at night when the cracking of a pistol might have caused greater tumult.”