First-Year and ELL Writing – Assistant Professor

First-Year and ELL Writing – Instructor or Assistant Professor

Contingent on program need, we will appoint fixed-term instructors on a full or part-time basis; initial appointment for fall semester 2012, with subsequent appointment contingent on positive teaching review, funding, and staffing needs. Starts August 16, 2012. Appointment as an instructor requires an MA in an area of composition, literacy education, or writing studies, and experience teaching first-year writing. Appointment as an assistant professor requires a PhD in the same areas of concentration. We particularly seek candidates with prior teaching experience or background in developmental writing and in college composition for multilingual language learners, including TESOL.

The First-Year Writing Program includes a developmental writing course and a set of thematically-focused 4-credit courses each of which satisfies the first-year general education writing requirement. Three emphases inform the program: cultural literacy practices, multimodal literacies, and writing as rhetorically and culturally situated. The department has shared learning outcomes for writing, reading, and research (

Full-time appointees teach three courses per semester. Ongoing professional development and contribution to program initiatives expected; participation in professional conferences relevant to the appointment encouraged.
Interested persons should apply to Dr. Kathleen Geissler, Chairperson; Department of Rhetoric and Writing; Michigan State University; 434 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48823. Applications may be submitted electronically to and should include a statement of interest describing qualifications and experience and current curriculum vitae. Dr. Geissler may be contacted at or at 517-355-2400. Review of applications will begin immediately.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.