WPA Position at NMSU for a Tenured Associate Professor

I am delighted to announce an opening for a tenured associate professor/WPA at New Mexico State University, a great place to work!  New Mexico —> great place to live!     Teaching load, if taking on responsibility for chairing graduate student committees, would be 1-1.  In addition to a course for new TAs, there is a course on the books called “Writing Program/Writing Center Administration,” along with a course on assessment and other relevant courses. We  invite candidates to build new courses based on their scholarly interests as well.    Please consider applying or sharing this ad with others who might be interested!     -Patti Wojahn  

New Mexico State University



New Mexico State University invites applications for a tenured, associate professor to serve as Writing Program Administrator and Associate Department Head (full-time, tenured, 12-mo contract).  Required qualifications: Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric, Composition, Writing Studies, or related field; administrative experience with writing programs; demonstrated excellence in teaching composition-related courses.


Preferred qualifications:

·      Sustained record of scholarship relevant to writing program administration, writing in the disciplines, rhetoric/composition, or related fields.

·      Experience training graduate instructors and adjuncts in teaching composition.

·      Ability to carry out writing program assessment.

·      Ability to work with faculty outside English to improve writing across the university.

·      Capacity to develop writing curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse population of students, including English language and bilingual learners.


Responsibilities: The Writing Program Administrator oversees all general education writing at New Mexico State University. This includes implementing research-informed curriculum; assessing the writing program, instructors, and courses; and hiring, training, developing and evaluating Gen-Ed instructors (graduate assistants and adjunct faculty). The Associate Department Head serves as Acting Department Head in absence of Department Head; creates Gen-ed teaching schedules; handles instructional issues with GAs and adjuncts; and during the summer, helps with departmental administration, advising, and registration. Regular faculty teaching load is 3/3, but the WPA/ADH has a 2/1 course reassignment for administrative work.


Teaching opportunities include undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, pedagogy, rhetoric, and writing program administration and assessment. This faculty member will be a tenured member of the rhetoric and professional communication programs in the English Department, which includes a BA, MA, and PhD in rhetoric and professional communication. 


Application: Please submit letter of application; vita; one page administrative philosophy (which specifies approach to Writing Program curriculum); one page teaching philosophy; and writing sample to http://jobs.nmsu.edu (position #198997). Second round candidates will be asked to submit 3 confidential letters of recommendation via email. Questions may be addressed to Carmen Giménez-Smith, Chair of Personnel (carmens@nmsu.edu). Priority review will be given to applications received by Dec 1. Position remains open until filled. 

 Our department website: http://english.nmsu.edu

NMSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We encourage applications from women and minorities. All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal law, state law, and NMSU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a criminal history check.



Oops  - the search is extended to Jan 18 '16.  Hope to see some of you apply!  :-) -Patti