Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, University of Southern Mississippi

The English Department and the Office of Quality Enhancement at The University of Southern Mississippi invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Composition and Rhetoric beginning Fall 2009. Southern Miss is engaged in a quality enhancement plan (QEP), Finding a Voice: Improving Oral and Written Competences, and has embarked on an ambitious redevelopment of both its first year and upper-division writing courses, with a curricular focus on writing in academic, professional, and public contexts. The successful candidate will play a key role in further developing our upper-division course offerings, participate in the redesign of our graduate program, work with the directors of both our writing and speaking centers, and serve on the university’s QEP advisory board to promote writing and writing pedagogy to faculty university-wide. Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition by time of appointment; an active research agenda; and a commitment to teaching and service. Preference will be given to candidates who focus on one or more of the following areas: composition studies, professional communication, WAC/WID, and technical writing. Related expertise in one or more of the following areas is also desirable: genre theory, critical discourse studies, service learning, digital literacy, applied linguistics/pragmatics, and assessment. The typical teaching load is 3 courses per semester, including a combination of first-year composition, upper-division and graduate-level writing courses, and faculty development seminars through the QEP. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position is contingent upon funding. Candidates should upload letter of application, vita, and writing sample at Three letters of recommendation should be sent to Michael Mays, Chair, The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of English, 118 College Drive, Box 5037, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Priority will be given to applications received by December 1, 2008. Interviews at MLA. For questions or more information about the composition program at Southern Miss, please contact Sheldon Walcher, Director of Composition, at 601-266-4815, or e-mail For information about the quality enhancement plan, please contact Julie Howdeshell, Director of Quality Enhancement, at 601-266-4525, or e-mail