Assistant Professor of English (Rhetoric & Composition, Writing Center Director)

Department of English, Tri-Cities Campus - #111599

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH (Rhetoric & Composition, Writing Center Director)

The Department of English at Washington State University invites applications for a full-time (9-month), permanent, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English with a Rhetoric & Composition specialization beginning August 16, 2012. The candidate will direct the Writing Center at the Tri-Cities campus located in Richland, Washington. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

The Writing Center Director works with and reports to the campus WPA as part of the University-wide, nationally-acclaimed Writing Program. Director responsibilities include overseeing the daily management of the Writing Center; maintaining the tutoring schedule; recruiting, training and mentoring undergraduate consultants and office staff; contributing to faculty and curriculum development; working individually with writers in all disciplines and at all levels across the colleges; and supporting campus-wide writing initiatives. The 2/2 teaching load typically includes specific group-tutorial courses designed as part of the integrative Writing Program as well as a range of First Year Composition, intermediate- and advanced-level writing and research courses, graduate seminars, and Technical and Professional Writing. Responsibilities also include contributing to the development and growth of the Rhetoric and Professional Writing option in English for Tri-Cities.

Publication is necessary for advancement. Primary or secondary specialization in writing center theory and practice, writing pedagogy, or writing program administration required. Candidates with research agendas that demonstrate synergies among scholarship, pedagogy, and professional development of/for writing consultants are strongly encouraged to apply. Such synergies might include, but are not limited to, mentoring Writing Center consultants on academic and professional projects or publishing research that grows out of writing initiatives completed with instructors and administrators on campus.

The Department of English combines a strong research orientation with a commitment to high-quality instruction. The graduate program offers M.A. and PhD degrees in English and American literature and Rhetoric and Composition. Faculty participate in graduate and undergraduate programs in American Studies and Digital Technology and Culture and offer cross-listed courses with Departments of Comparative Ethnic Studies and Women Studies, among other areas. A range of research and travel funding is available for Faculty at all levels. New Faculty members are eligible for reduced teaching loads prior to tenure review.

Requirements include a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, English, or related field. Successful candidates will have at least one year of experience teaching composition at the college level. Candidates must have their PhD in hand by date of hire. Knowledge of writing center theory and pedagogy, WAC, Composition, literacy studies, intercultural rhetoric, or service learning is expected.

Strong preference will be given to applicants with prior administrative background. The candidate should also have a background using a variety of digital media and evidence of capacity to work with a diverse student population across departments.

Washington State University is a land grant, comprehensive research institution with an enrollment of approximately 18,500 students on the Pullman campus and 7,500 at its urban campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. There are nine colleges and a graduate school offering 150 major fields of study. Baccalaureate degrees are available in all fields of study, with M.A. and Ph.D. degrees available in most. This position is located at the Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA, on the banks of the Columbia River. The campus serves about 1500 undergraduate and graduate students. Tri-Cities faculty are fully integrated into the English Department statewide, serving on departmental committees and teaching graduate courses.

Send letter of application, CV, three current letters of reference, a sample of course evaluations and a writing sample (maximum 20 pages) to Joanne Baker, Clerical Manager, English Search Committee, (Position #111599). Only electronic application materials will be processed.

Screening of application materials will begin October 21, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled. Curriculum Vitae and letters of application should be received no later than November 18, 2011 to be considered for meeting with our representatives at the MLA conference. We will be available at the MLA meeting in Seattle, WA, from January 5-8, 2012, to discuss details of this position with candidates who apply by November 18th, and whom we have contacted to arrange a meeting. EEO/AA/ADA