Assistant Associate Professor and WPA, North Dakota State University

Department of English
Writing Program Administrator Position
North Dakota State University

Position Announcement

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Writing Studies or related field to serve in the role of First-Year Writing Director, effective August 1, 2015. Writing program roles in the department are rotating, 3-year, renewable terms. This candidate will join a vibrant writing program team in a department offering B.A., B.S., M.A., and PhD degrees in a supportive, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere for faculty and students at all levels.

Position description and responsibilities: Teaching duties include a 2/2 load with 1 course release while WPA. Courses include a graduate teaching seminar, undergraduate- and graduate-level rhetoric and writing classes. Opportunities exist to develop courses in candidate’s area of expertise. Administrative duties include leading a First-Year Writing Program as part of a vertical writing curriculum, collaborate with Upper-Division Writing and Writing Center Directors; providing research-supported vision for program changes; preparing new GTAs; planning and conducting professional development workshops; leading and reporting on program portfolio assessment; chairing the First-year Writing Committee; and overseeing day-to-day operations of a writing program. The successful candidate will advise undergraduate, MA, and PhD students and serve on thesis and dissertation committees. The WPA must expand an existing scholarly agenda through presentations and publications and the department expects a consistent record of scholarly production and publication at the time of tenure.

Minimum qualifications:

  • PhD in Writing Studies or a related field
  • college teaching experience
  • existing scholarly record
  • ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to those candidates with experience or specialties in one or more of the following area(s):

  • experience rdirecting a writing program or similar leadership
  • research record in one or more of the following: underrepresented and/or global rhetorics, English Education, linguistics, assessment, WAC/WID, history of rhetoric, cultural studies, and digital rhetorics/humanities

Salary: Salary is competitive, in an economically vibrant community and a state with budget surpluses. North Dakota State University provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.

The University: North Dakota State University is enjoying a remarkable period of growth and success. Located on the state’s eastern border in North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo, NDSU is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution. NDSU has over 14,000 students enrolled in a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, and a faculty involved in a range of scholarly activity and service. The university strives to be leader in equity, diversity, and global outreach activities in our state and region. NDSU has a dual-career policy and we attempt to accommodate dual career couples when made aware of need. NDSU is a NSF ADVANCE institution, and is one of the top 108 research universities nationwide, with a Carnegie very high research classification.

The Community: Named one of the most desirable places in the country to live by Money magazine, and its downtown one of the country’s top 10 neighborhoods by the American Planning Association, Fargo is quickly earning a reputation as a great place to live. The Fargo-Moorhead community has many qualities that contribute to this reputation, including excellent educational opportunities K-12 through college, advanced medical technology, a progressive business community, numerous cultural and arts opportunities, a clean environment, good-hearted, friendly people, and a more diverse community than people often expect.

Fargo’s revitalized downtown has gained recent national publicity through such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, The Today Show, ESPN’s Game Day, and National Public Radio. The reports describe an energetic, contemporary feel to many of the downtown’s trendy restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment opportunities. With more than 250,000 people in the metro community and about 500,000 people in the service area, Fargo-Moorhead is among the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. To learn more about what national publications are saying about the community’s quality of life, visit

Application: Screening begins October 15, 2014 and continues until the position is filled.  For initial screening, please apply on-line with:

  1. a curriculum vitae;
  2. a letter of application

Questions? Contact search chair Betsy Birmingham at (701) 231-6587 OR

North Dakota State University’s English Department is committed to equity and diversity and actively seeks those scholars whose teaching, research, and/or diverse life experiences will help us extend these core values. NDSU in is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we especially welcome applications from ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. NDSU is a NSF ADVANCE institution, and is one of the top 108 research universities nationwide, with a Carnegie very high research classification.