Faculty Position at Elon University

My colleagues, Tim Peeples, Paula Rosinski, and Michael Strickland, and I are excited to announce and invite applications for the following tenure-track faculty position in the Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) program at Elon University, in Elon, North Carolina. If you or someone you know is particularly enthusiastic about working closely with colleagues to make a rhetorically focused professional writing education come alive for an undergraduate population, please consider applying or encouraging interested colleagues to apply.

The ad below offers a description of the position, as well as some introductory information about the English major concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric.

Some additional information about the program, first:

·PWR is “major-like”: Though officially a “concentration” within an English department, the program requires four common PWR courses and three PWR electives, and it highly encourages at least one internship. PWR students get a rhetorical education that is quite “major-like,” and consequently, faculty have opportunities to teach a wide variety of courses.

·PWR is dynamic: At only six years old, the PWR program is still a dynamic, growing “idea.” Though the faculty, students, and courses share a strong mission and general vision, there are many new developments underfoot and much room for other new developments.

·PWR faculty are widely interested and active: Elon is a place where people can pursue a wide variety of interests and participate in a wide variety of ways. In addition to teaching PWR classes, PWR faculty teach and have taught study abroad courses, advanced interdisciplinary seminars, special topic courses in English outside of PWR, and courses in interdisciplinary programs like environmental studies, multi-media authoring, classical studies, and leadership studies. The PWR faculty are involved in an expansive array of campus and community service work. And PWR faculty pursue active and diverse research agendas.

·PWR students are widely interested and active, also: Though PWR students share a common commitment to rhetoric and professional writing, many have double majors or double concentrations within English, most have at least one minor/cognate, a great number study abroad, almost all have at least one internship experience, and our students go on to pursue an exciting variety of post-graduate experiences, from the more predictable, like professional writing, graduate and law school, and teaching, to some less predictable, like hospital fundraising, university student affairs, lobbying, and even forestry.

Please consider applying or encouraging others to apply. We look forward to hearing from some of you or your colleagues.

Best,
Jessie Kapper
Elon University

(Please continue on to read our formal ad below)

Elon University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Professional Writing and Rhetoric starting August 2007. Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition, or related field, and record of excellence in teaching required.

The Professional Writing and Rhetoric undergraduate concentration (http://org.elon.edu/pwr) in the Department of English conceives of “writing” broadly and approaches “professional writing and rhetoric” as an integrated disciplinary field of study and practice within the liberal arts and sciences. Concentration courses build on the understanding that professional writing and rhetoric is a critical social practice and a situated art, and they prepare undergraduate students to be more critically reflective, civically responsible writers in a wide variety of contexts.

An exceptionally wide variety of writing and rhetoric courses for an undergraduate program are available to teach, with a strong set of “core” courses. The successful candidate would also have opportunities to develop new courses, depending on one’s area of expertise.

We would be particularly interested in those candidates who bring experience and enthusiasm that could enhance the production and community outreach of the Center for Undergraduate Production and Information Design (CUPID), contribute project management experience relevant to student projects, promote and support internship opportunities, and supply expertise in the production of publications, both print and digital. Depending upon qualifications, candidates may also support the writing program administrative work that rotates among PWR faculty. The successful candidate also would teach sections of first-year writing, as do all English department faculty, with opportunities to teach other courses within English, General Studies, and Study Abroad, as qualified.

Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University website at www.elon.edu.

E-mail or mail letter of application and vita to Michael Strickland, 2349 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244 or mstrickl@elon.edu. Applications must be received by October 15, 2006 to be assured of full consideration. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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