University of Mississippi Full-time Instructor

Positions Announcement
Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric
Department of Writing and Rhetoric
University of Mississippi


The Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi invites applications for multiple Instructors of Composition and Rhetoric. These renewable, non-tenure track, 9-month teaching positions carry a 4/4 teaching load, service responsibilities, and are scheduled to begin August 24, 2015.

The University’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric consolidates efforts to improve writing instruction at all levels. The Instructor will work in a collaborative environment to lead the Department in its mission to define writing instruction, pedagogy, and research at the University of Mississippi. Duties will include the following:

• Developing, implementing, and sharing successful strategies for teaching composition for first-year college students;
• Participating in the ongoing evaluation and revision of curricula to emphasize multimodal composition, ePortfolios, and a culture of reflection;
• Creating a collaborative culture of professional development among writing instructional faculty;
• Coordinating pedagogy with active and growing writing centers;
• Contributing to distributed assignment, course, and program assessments.

An M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric, English with a focus in Composition and Rhetoric, or a similarly-defined field is required. Candidates who can advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

The University of Mississippi is a public, comprehensive, research institution. As the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state and as a Carnegie Research University (high research activity), the institution’s primary functions are the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge through a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and public service activities. The university’s main campus at Oxford emphasizes a traditional, residential educational experience, with a central College of Liberal Arts and seven professional schools. The town of Oxford, located in northern Mississippi near Memphis, has 19,000 residents and boasts public schools ranked in the top 100 by Offspring magazine. Oxford is featured by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “20 Best Small Towns in America” and by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation.

Interested candidates should apply online at by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references and contact information. These materials should be attached to the on-line application. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately, and the position will be open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Title VI/Title IX /504/ADA/ADEA employer.