Asst Professor of English: Composition & Rhetoric -- UMass Boston

Assistant Professor of English: Composition & Rhetoric

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Job Description:

The English Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2015. Teaching load is 2/2 with reductions for program administration.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in English, Composition & Rhetoric, or related field by August 31, 2015. In addition, we seek applicants with a promising and active research agenda, experience in writing program administration, a theorized pedagogy, and evidence of success as a teacher. Research focus is open, but desirable specializations include composition pedagogy, writing assessment, and multi- or translingual approaches to composition.

Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in first year composition and advanced writing, and opportunities to develop special topics courses that may lead to innovations in the program. Graduate courses may include composition theory & pedagogy, a seminar for composition tutors, and opportunities to design new courses. Responsibilities also include directing the teaching of a small cohort of MA students on the composition track.  Within a few years, the successful applicant will assume the directorship of the Composition program, a role that includes staff development as well as collaboration with academic units across the university.

Additional Information:
UMass Boston is a lively urban research university with a large and dynamic undergraduate English major, over 100 English master’s students, and an MFA program for fiction and poetry.  The only public university in Boston, UMass Boston’s undergraduate population is comprised of 50% minority students and 56% first generation college students (fall 2013).  The first-year writing program serves most of the entering students across the university and reflects the multicultural nature of the institution

Application Instructions:
Applications must be received by December 1, 2015.  Please apply online with your cover letter, CV, and writing sample of no more than 20 pages. Dossiers of letters of recommendation must be emailed directly to

UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment.