Instructor of Writing Enriched Curriculum at the University of Mississippi

Position Announcement

Instructor of Writing Enriched Curriculum

Center for Writing and Rhetoric

University of Mississippi

The Center for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi invites applications for an Instructor of Writing Enriched Curriculum. This is a non-tenure track, 12-month teaching position and begins July 1, 2012.

Pursuant to its 2009 QEP, the Center for Writing and Rhetoric seeks an instructor to lead its interaction with faculty across our campus who are interested in writing instruction. The WEC Instructor will lead the University community in exploring local writing values across campus, collaboratively designing effective academic plans for the teaching of writing in a variety of disciplines, and making that work visible to the community. Duties will include:

  •  Leading collaborative workshops with departments across the campus to explore and articulate local writing values;
  • Developing and directing ten Graduate Writing Fellows to support student learning of writing in a variety of disciplines;
  • Developing and directing a Faculty Writing Fellows program to assist faculty in a variety of disciplines revising their teaching practices to incorporate and enhance writing;
  • Creating a culture of professional development among writing instructional staff through multiple activities, including leading a Teaching Development Group; and
  • Directing a curriculum committee for an interdisciplinary freshman writing seminar.


A Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, English with a focus in Composition and Rhetoric, or a similarly-defined field is required; ABD's are encouraged to apply. Evidence of accomplished teaching of writing through at least three years as instructor of record beyond graduate school, as well as experience and research in the field of composition and rhetoric, writing across the curriculum, or writing in the disciplines, is especially valuable.

The University of Mississippi is a public, comprehensive, research institution. As the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state and as a Carnegie Research University (high research activity), the institution's primary functions are the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge through a variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and public service activities. The university's main campus at Oxford emphasizes a traditional, residential educational experience, with a central College of Liberal Arts and seven professional schools. In 2010, Forbes ranked UM 20th among public universities in the United States. The town of Oxford, located in northern Mississippi near Memphis, has 12,500 residents and boasts public schools ranked in the top 100 by Offspring magazine. Oxford was cited by the Washington Post as "cosmopolitan, sophisticated, even trendy," and by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation.

Interested candidates should apply online at to position 11209993-092911 by submitting a letter of interest addressing the candidate's apt education and experience and curriculum vitae, along with three letters of recommendation. These materials should be attached to the on-line application. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately, and the position will be open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Initial interviews will be held at the annual MLA conference in Seattle, WA, January 5-8, 2012. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ ADEA employer.