Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Tenure Track

Department of Writing Studies – Rhetoric and Composition (ref. #FAC09-015/016)
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Roger Williams University
Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

Description and Responsibilities:
Beginning for Fall 2009. Two positions available. The Department of Writing Studies invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professorships in a department actively engaged in developing a strategic plan that accords with the University’s mission and core values. Primary responsibilities include (1) teaching a range of undergraduate composition courses, (2) teaching courses in the University’s general education program, and (3) participating in the development and assessment of the Writing Program, the Writing Studies Core Concentration, and the interdisciplinary General Education Program.

In general, all tenure-track RWU faculty must demonstrate effectiveness in the following four categories: 1) teaching; 2) academic advising and program development; 3) scholarly, professional and/or creative activities; and 4) institutional and/or community service.

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, or in English with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. Demonstration of effectiveness in teaching undergraduate writing and interdisciplinary general education courses. Experience required in teaching a rhetorically based first-year Writing curriculum, and in one or more of the following: Advanced Writing; Writing across the Curriculum; business, professional, or science writing; visual rhetoric and/or new media; and grant writing. Proven commitment to excellence in teaching and student advising. Ongoing scholarly activity in fields relating to rhetoric and composition and interdisciplinary pedagogies.

Contact Person:
Please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Mel Topf, at for further information.

To Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit materials electronically, including: 1) a letter of intent along with statements of teaching philosophy and research interests; 2) a current vita; 3) names and contact information of at least three references. Electronic applications should be submitted via email to:
Prof. Mel A. Topf, Chair (indicate position reference number FAC09-015/016)
Writing Studies Department
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809-2921

About Roger Williams University:
Roger Williams University offers an outstanding benefits package and salary commensurate with qualifications, as well as a superb quality of life in a scenic setting. Please visit for more information.

Roger Williams University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, American with Disabilities Act Employer with a strong commitment to inclusive excellence. Roger Williams University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, national origin, veterans status, or religion.

We encourage applications from underrepresented populations.