Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies--Professional Writing

The English Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, beginning in Fall 2010. We seek applicants with expertise in professional writing, particularly writing in business and organizational contexts. Primary upper level teaching responsibilities will be in the professional writing curriculum and the Rhetoric and Writing major emphasis. Regular General Education teaching assignments are in freshman composition. We seek someone who will help with the expansion and revision of our professional writing minor. Because UWL is an undergraduate teaching institution (4/4 load), we seek a new colleague who is an engaging teacher and scholar with a strong commitment to undergraduate education.

Founded in 1909, UW-L is one of 13, four-year institutions in the University of Wisconsin System with approximately 9,000 students. UW-L offers a wide array of undergraduate programs and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies (including the Schools of Education and Arts & Communication); Science and Health; and Business Administration. The university is consistently rated first among the UW System comprehensives in terms of first year student ACT scores, class rankings and retention rates.

We are an inclusive learning community that values the varying perspectives that come with diverse faculty, staff and student populations. We strongly encourage our students to broaden their perspectives through international experiences and diversity-related courses and programming, and support faculty and staff in international teaching, research, and service.

We are proud of our diversity and believe students, faculty, and staff all are enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions and cultures. We strive to be a leader in Wisconsin's movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness. For example, we routinely assess the campus climate and have conducted an equity study to explore how diverse students, faculty, and staff experience UW-L. We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving excellence as a nationally recognized institution of higher education. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The city of La Crosse combines the scenic beauty of the Mississippi River and towering bluffs with a diversified economy and educated populace. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and four season recreation. 

A Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition or Professional Writing or equivalent degree in hand by August 31, 2010 is required.

Multicultural, international, disability, and diversity perspectives in teaching, scholarship, and curriculum development especially welcome; our department has a strong commitment to multicultural and international education, and opportunities exist for curriculum development and reform in these and other areas. 

If necessary to submit paper reference letters, please indicate this in your online application in the appropriate boxes for each reference. These reference letters should be mailed to Diana Johnson, English Department, UW-La Crosse, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 and should indicate recruitment #0600086 in the cover sheet accompanying each letter.

For questions about this position, you may contact:

Susan Crutchfeild at 608-785-6943 or Bryan Kopp at 608-785-6936