Assistant Professor of English (Writing and Rhetorical Theory)

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY, West Chester, PA. Assistant Professor of English; Writing and Rhetorical Theory specialization. Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with a specialization in writing studies and rhetorical theory, and experience with and interest in teaching First Year Writing. The candidates must also have proven expertise in one or more of the following specialization(s): Classical Rhetoric, History of Rhetoric, English Language Learners (ELL/Second Language/Second Discourse), or Translingual and Intercultural Rhetoric. In joining one of the largest communities of tenure track Composition and Rhetoric scholar teachers in the nation, the successful candidate will teach composition courses at the 100 and 200 level, and help to enrich offerings in rhetorical theories and histories for a thriving Writings Track within the English major and for a growing Writing, Teaching and Criticism M.A. program.

Applicants should be prepared to teach First Year Writing; mid- and upper-level courses in writing studies to English majors, including teacher candidates; and to develop and teach advanced and graduate courses in their specializations. A Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, or in a related discipline with a record of study and research in the specializations noted above, is required, as well as a record of successful teaching and a research agenda in university writing studies. Experience with and expertise with distance education, particularly hybrid instruction in writing courses, is a plus. The teaching load is four courses per semester, with very competitive salary and benefits.

West Chester, called “one of the world’s most perfect small towns” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, is located 25 miles west of Philadelphia; 15 miles north of Wilmington, DE; and within driving distance of New York City, Washington, DC., and major cultural institutions, commercial centers, and recreational activities. West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, continues to build a culturally diverse, broadly trained faculty dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic plan. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Submit materials to the online application system at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm. Look for the position called Writing and Rhetorical Theory. Please provide a letter of interest, CV, and official graduate transcripts. Additionally, please provide two sample syllabi: (1) a course in Basic Writing, First Year Writing, or in Research Writing with a focus on research processes and products; and (2) an advanced or graduate course in any of the specializations noted above, including a focus on theoretical aspects of the course topic. Also, please send three letters of recommendation to search@wcupa.edu, and include the code “English Search #14-97” in the subject line. In order to be considered a finalist, applicants must successfully complete an on-campus interview which includes a teaching demonstration and a scholarly presentation. Review of applications will begin December 19, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background and consumer reporting checks.