Associate Professor, Director of Composition, Washington State University

Associate Professor and Director of Composition

The Department of English at Washington State University in Pullman—the flagship campus of a Carnegie RU/VH university—invites applications for an experienced and visionary Associate Professor in Rhetoric and Composition to serve as the Director of Composition (DOC), starting August 2019. This is a permanent, nine-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and benefits are competitive.

Job duties

As an associate professor, the successful applicant will be expected to conduct scholarly research leading to publication in areas of expertise; to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, pedagogy, and rhetoric; and to advise graduate and undergraduate students. In the DOC role the successful applicant will be responsible for all areas of the Composition Program at WSU Pullman. The DOC works closely with the Assistant Director of Composition to supervise and mentor graduate teaching assistants and instructors, design and facilitate professional development sessions, review curriculum, and conduct program assessment. The DOC also chairs the multi-campus Composition Committee and coordinates with the Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and other writing program administrators across the university’s multiple campuses. The DOC maintains a leadership role in coordinating and developing the Composition Program and outreach throughout the campus community.

Campus and Program Description

WSU is a land grant, multi-campus, state university. The DOC will serve on the Pullman campus, located in rural Eastern Washington on the traditional homelands of the Palus Band of Indians and the ceded lands of the Nez Perce Tribe. The DOC will join a large, interdisciplinary department consisting of scholars and teachers of literature, rhetoric and composition, English education, creative writing, linguistics, Women’s Studies, and Digital Technologies and Cultures. The department offers the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., as well as multiple undergraduate and graduate certificates in fields such as professional writing, scientific writing, teaching English as a second language, and digital humanities. The current Composition Program values sustained engagement with critical composition pedagogies to demonstrate our commitments to equity and access for historically underrepresented groups.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related area by the hire date;

  2. Evidence of productive research program in rhetoric and/or composition appropriate to projected rank and responsibilities;

  3. Evidence of successful classroom and individual teaching in rhetoric and/or composition;

  4. Evidence of ability to mentor students and teachers, including those from diverse backgrounds;

  5. Evidence of experience leading writing-related programs and initiatives

  6. Candidates for Associate Professor must have served at least 6 years as Assistant Professor or equivalent by the hire date.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Evidence of developing interdisciplinary relationships and programs;

  2. Evidence of commitment to retention and student-success initiatives;

  3. Evidence of successful graduate teaching and mentoring;

  4. Specialization in sub-fields including, but not limited to: critical pedagogies, assessment, anti-racist pedagogies, digital or multimodal composition, L2 writing/TESOL/Applied Linguistics, and/or cultural rhetorics;

  5. Experience as a Director of Composition or Writing Program Administrator.

Submission Requirements

Applicants should apply online through WSU Human Resources ( and be prepared to upload:

  1. A cover letter addressing research, teaching, and administrative qualifications and interests;

  2. Curriculum Vitae;

  3. Names and contact information of three (3) professional references able to provide a letter addressing qualifications relative to this position (submit under References during the application process). References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.

Direct Position Link:

Review of applications will begin December 7, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries via email to Dr. Julie Staggers (, Search Committee Chair.


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