Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

The Department of English at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Rhetoric and Composition with an interest in public writing/writing for publication. Successful candidates must have a strong commitment to both teaching and research, and be able to establish an active research program. Teaching responsibilities may include introductory first-year critical thinking and writing courses and advanced (upper-division) courses in areas such as argumentation, writing and social justice, writing for teachers, practicum in tutoring composition, or business writing. The successful candidate will teach 6 courses spread over three quarters. A course release for research in place of the 7th course of the regular seven-course teaching load should be assumed.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph. D. in English, with a strong preference for an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition although a closely related field may be considered, and will, optimally, have at least 4 years of college or professional teaching; must have demonstrated excellence in teaching both theory or composition, including first-year composition; must have demonstrated abilities as an active scholar; and must be committed to working with undergraduates.

The following qualifications would be important in the ideal candidate:
• Several years experience teaching courses in both composition theory and first-year critical thinking and writing courses
• A record of productive research that either has included undergraduates or could plausibly be adapted to an undergraduate-focused institution.
• Experience in developing internships and in advising students on writing careers.
• Evidence of effective leadership and program administrative skills beyond teaching classes, for example experience with program administration or assessment
• Alignment with the Jesuit educational philosophy, the social justice mission of the university, and the goals of the Department of English at Santa Clara University

Applicants are invited to visit the university's web site at for a full job description and for descriptions of the university's mission, our department, the student population we serve, and the learning opportunities we offer. Santa Clara University is committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor, salary and benefits competitive, includes housing assistance program

Starting Date: September 1, 2013

Application Procedure: Applicants should send electronic copies of the following:
(1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) official graduate transcripts, (4) three letters of recommendation; (5) sample syllabi, (6) recent teaching evaluations, (7) personal statement(s) covering teaching philosophy, research plan that could be implemented at an institution that serves only undergraduate students in English, and experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities, (8) at least one example of representative scholarship: e.g., published article or book chapter, dissertation chapter, video or audio recording of an artistic performance, etc.(as long as one has the copyright privilege to use said recordings). These materials should be sent to The body of the email message should address the Department of English Search Committee, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. Inquiries can be sent by email to and Applications must be received by 5 pm PST on 10/31/12. While electronic submissions are strongly preferred, if some materials must be sent by postal service, please send these to Department of English Search Committee, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. These materials will not be returned.



I'm pleased to let this group know that we are in a growth phase of our writing program here at Santa Clara University in northern California, just 50 miles south of San Francisco and about 30-45 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. We've just hired our second tenure-track faculty member in Rhetoric and Composition in the past two years with plans to hire more in the future, and we're also growing our Lecturer ranks, in part to give more stability and better pay to the faculty rather than relying on adjunct lecturers. These positions would start in the 2014-15 academic year.

Please see for more information, such as the minimum qualifications and the application process (through Interfolio); the general job description follows to let you know who might be interested and would like to have this information.

The English Department is now searching for up to three full-time Lecturers to address persistent, programmatic needs in the teaching of core writing classes. These are nine-month, full-time, non-tenurable teaching appointments that may be renewed annually by mutual agreement, contingent upon the availability of funds, the need for services, and excellent teaching and service performance. The initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of additional terms of three years and then six years contingent on superior performance, persistent programmatic need, and availability of funds. Lecturers have responsibilities in service and instructional leadership, and the Department anticipates continuing employment in these positions, with the possibility of promotion to Senior Lecturer. The expected teaching load is 7 courses over three academic quarters (Fall, Winter, and Spring). The expected assignments are primarily in first-year writing courses (3 sequences of the two-course sequence of Critical Thinking and Writing) with a seventh course that may be a course in advanced rhetoric and composition, digital rhetorics, technical writing, business writing, or creative writing, with the Lecturer's expertise and departmental needs determining the seventh course taught.

Feel free to email me directly with any questions.

Simone J. Billings, Ph.D.
Associate Chair/Director of Writing
Department of English
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara CA 95053
(408) 554-4334