Composition and Professional Writing Position

The Writing Program at Shenandoah University invites applications for a full-time, career contract, open-rank position in composition and professional writing to begin in August 2014. A Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric or English or a related discipline is required. The successful candidate will regularly teach ENG 101 (the required first-year composition course) and WR 302 (Writing in the Health Professions) and be responsible for developing and teaching other technical and professional writing courses. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge of and experience in writing across the curriculum.

Teaching is recognized as the most important faculty activity at Shenandoah University, and we seek faculty members who focus on individual student learning styles and motivations. Academic service, most notably student mentoring, and scholarship are also expected to fulfill position requirements. We encourage applicants to visit for more details about our university.

Complete applications (please submit electronically if possible) will include a cover letter outlining teaching philosophy and service and scholarship interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a c.v., official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of 8-12 pages appropriate for a search committee composed of English faculty, other faculty, and at least one student.

Send applications via email to with “Composition/ Professional Writing” in the subject line or to the Office of Human Resources-Composition and Professional Writing, Shenandoah University, 1460 University Dr., Winchester, VA 22601. Please address the cover letter to Dr. Mark Richardson.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until March 17 or the position is filled. Shenandoah University supports and encourages diversity in the workplace. EOE.