Writing Specialist


 Faculty-Tenure Track, Writing Specialist in Department of Languages and Literatures


A  Ph.D.  degree in Literary Studies OR Rhetoric/Composition. Demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Teaching experience and expertise is required in three out of the following four categories: Developmental English, First Year English (a two-semester sequence that combines both literature and writing instruction), Advanced Composition, or English as a Second Language. We are particularly interested in candidates with an expertise in composition pedagogy, intentional programmatic assessment, and Writing Across the Curriculum.                                                            


Assistant Professor




Primary responsibility will be to teach in the sequence of First-Year English with additional opportunities for teaching Advanced Composition and English for International Students. Teaching load will consist of 4 courses in fall and 4 courses in spring.  Successful candidates must have experience with and be able to effectively teach a diverse population.  Faculty at UWW maintain a research agenda and engage in university, public, and professional service.


Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is a premier public regional university with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students in 50 undergraduate majors, 13 master's degree programs, and one specialist degree program.  It offers high-quality, career oriented programs with a model general education curriculum. UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System.


Whitewater, a city with a population of over 14,000, is located in southeastern Wisconsin near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest.  The immediate area offers a wide variety of summer and winter recreational activities, including facilities of the nearby Whitewater Lake recreational area.  Whitewater is 50 miles from Milwaukee, 45 miles from Madison and 110 miles from Chicago. 


A complete application package must include:

  • a letter of application
  • vita including all relevant professional experience
  • 1 page philosophy of teaching that specifically addresses the candidate’s approach to teaching literature and writing
  • all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (photocopies are acceptable for initial application)
  • three (3) letters of recommendation


Online applications are preferred and may be sent to Mary Orval, Academic Department Associate, Department of Languages and Literatures at: orvalm@uww.edu.

Other applications may be sent to Dr. Trudi Witonsky, Search Committee Chair, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Department of Languages and Literatures, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.

Only complete applications will be considered.  Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, lists of applicants must be released upon request.  Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.



Applications received by December 15, 2014 are ensured consideration; the position is considered open until otherwise noted.


UW-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and all veterans Names of applicants may be disclosed unless requested otherwise. Names of finalists will be released. UW-Whitewater conducts criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.


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