Assessment & Placement position Michigan State University


Assistant or Associate Professor in Rhetoric/Composition, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, beginning August 2006. Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, Education, or related field. Primary specialization in placement, assessment, and evaluation of writing (at the individual, course, and program levels). Experience in one or more of the following areas highly desired: electronic systems for placement/assessment (e.g., e-portfolios), writing program administration, research methodology (particularly quantitative), composition curriculum, teacher training, composing research, and/or digital technology. The successful applicant will provide leadership on issues of placement and assessment for a comprehensive writing program (including first-year composition, a professional writing undergraduate major, and a graduate program in rhetoric/writing) and will participate in a proposed University Writing Initiative to strengthen undergraduate writing instruction at Michigan State University. Other responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and rhetoric; taking the lead on revision and development of placement and assessment procedures for the required first-year writing curriculum (Tier I); and advising the University on assessment of student outcomes in upper-level disciplinary writing courses (Tier II).

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All applicants and nominees who wish to be considered must submit a c.v., letter highlighting their interest and qualifications pertinent to the position, and at least three letter of recommendation. Send materials to:

Chair, Writing Assessment and Placement Search Committee Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures
235 Bessey Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1033

The committee will begin reviewing applications on March 3, 2006 and continue until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities may request and receive reasonable accommodation. Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.