Montana State University - Bozeman tenure-track (asst prof) position, rhet/comp

Rhetoric & Composition -- Assistant Professor, tenure-track

Starting date: August 16, 2013

The Department of English at Montana State University seeks an imaginative, innovative scholar/teacher to collaborate with faculty colleagues in further developing Writing Studies at MSU. The University has recently invested significant resources in the study and teaching of writing on campus, and the Department is poised to develop a national profile in this area.

Departmental Information
MSU is a land grant research university enrolling more than 14,000 students. It is in the top Carnegie tier for research universities, with Very High Research and Community Engagement. Bozeman, MSU’s home, is a community of 40,000, a city that often receives national attention for its livability and its wealth of four-season recreational opportunities, ensconced in the Rocky Mountains 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

The English Department offers undergraduate degrees in Writing, Literature, and English Education, and an MA degree that integrates literary studies, rhetoric and composition, and pedagogy. The Department also houses the Yellowstone Writing Project (a National Writing Project site) and a newly renovated Writing Center that is a developing hub of writing on campus. Rhet/Comp and related faculty are currently researching histories of literacy and racism in the U.S., writing-about-writing composition pedagogy, undergraduate research in the humanities, and rhetoric of law.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and/or maintain a significant research program related to rhetorical theory, composition pedagogy, writing studies, or new media studies.
  • Teach upper- and lower-division undergraduate courses in the Writing option and other undergraduate and graduate English courses.
  • Advise undergraduate students and collaborate with other faculty on departmental, college, and university initiatives and committees.
  • Collaboratively develop writing and rhetoric curricula in graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and other writing-related initiatives in the university and community.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. by time of hire with demonstrated specialization in Rhetoric & Composition.
  2. Demonstrated promise of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Preferred candidates will offer a secondary specialization in creative writing, within rhet/comp, or in a related field.

Screening will begin October 22, 2012. Submit letter of application, CV, writing sample, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy as PDF files attached to an e-mail to with “Comp Search” in the subject line, and have three letters of recommendation sent as PDFs directly by recommenders (or dossier service) to the same address.