Assistant Professor of Composition Studies

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Position Title:

Assistant Professor of English/Associate Director of College Composition



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The University of Maine Department of English invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, academic-year Assistant Professor of Composition or Writing Studies or related field to teach courses in academic writing and serve as Associate Director of College Composition to assist in the administration of College Composition, effective August 31, 2015.   

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in composition theory and practice and helping coordinate the first-year writing program.  This work includes providing research-supported vision for program changes, preparing new Graduate Teaching Assistants, contributing to our well-established outcomes-based portfolio assessment, advising undergraduate and MA students, and serving on thesis committees.  The selected candidate is also expected to expand his/her existing scholarly agenda through presentations and publications.  The Associate Director of Composition will transition into full program responsibilities under a timeline negotiated at the time of hire.  The customary 3-2 course load will be adjusted as coordination and service duties expand; service responsibilities increase with tenure.

 Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in writing studies or related field by date of hire.
  • Evidence of successful teaching of college writing.
  • Strong existing scholarly record and potential for a continued research agenda.
  • Successful experience with writing program administration.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills to effectively represent the program to its multiple constituents.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • A research record in one or more of the following:  cross-language relations in writing; underrepresented and/or global rhetorics; assessment; WID; community literacy; critical approaches to language and literacy; digital writing.

Located on the northern border of beautiful Downeast Maine, the University of Maine, Orono, is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System and is the principal graduate institution in the state.  It is the state's land grant and sea grant university, enrolling nearly 12,000 students.  The Department offers BA and MA degrees with several concentrations.  Further information about the Department and our activities can be found at http://english.umaine,edu.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools in neighborhoods where children can walk to school, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.  The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the beautiful Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland, offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities and a thriving restaurant scene. 

Appropriate background checks are required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.

 To apply, submit a letter of application describing your teaching interests and experience, writing program administration experience, and research interests; a curriculum vitae; and three letters of reference.  All application materials with the exception of letters of reference must be submitted via HireTouch (, "Apply For Position".  You will need to create a profile and application.  The three letters of reference should be submitted directly by their authors or a dossier service to References_Assistant Professor Composition Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

 You may email inquiries to Professor Pat Burnes at pat.burnes@umit.maine,edu.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume/CV