WPA: Assistant/Associate Professor, Illinois State

Illinois State is a perfect home for a WPA, one that supports pedagogical and technological innovation not only on paper, but with an intellectual community. It houses five journals/editors, including Cheryl Ball from Kairos and Lynn Worsham of JAC ; we have 70 graduate students and we have this wonderful English Studies major with the fingerprints of Doug Hesse, Ron Fortune, Jan Neuleib and so many other good folk all over it.

The Department of English at Illinois State University (http://www.english.ilstu.edu/) seeks a tenure-track advanced assistant or tenured associate in rhetoric and composition (or related field) to serve as Writing Program Administrator. The WPA provides intellectual, pedagogical, curricular, and administrative planning, assessment and leadership for all first-year and lower-division writing courses; he or she also provides professional development for graduate teaching assistants, teaches a reduced load, and supervises a full-time assistant writing director. The person serves as WPA for a renewable three-year term. We encourage applicants who can contribute to our 20-year-plus history of rhetorical pedagogy in technology-rich environments. The tenure-track/tenured person would find a well-maintained computing infrastructure, excellent technical personnel, and a supportive faculty vision.

Required: Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, or related discipline; college-level teaching experience appropriate to rank; WPA experience; and a record of quality scholarship in any area of rhetoric and composition. Preferred Start Date: August 1, 2009

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vita, teaching and administrative philosophy statements, and names of three references with contact information to Joan Mullin, Chair, Department of English, Illinois State University, Campus Mail 4240, Normal, IL 61790-4240, or email attachments to Angela Scott at arscott@ilstu.edu, subject line: Rhet/Comp (WPA) Search. Interviews will be conducted at MLA. Application deadline is November 3, 2008.