Assistant Professor, Director of Composition, University of Montana

Job Description

The University of Montana, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Department of English embrace diversity as a core value.  Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds are especially welcome.

The University of Montana and the Department of English seek applicants for a tenure-track appointment as Director of Composition, at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position, to begin in August of 2015, carries the primary responsibility of directing the first-year writing program. Assisted by a Composition Coordinator (appointed at the lecturer level), the Director will mentor forty graduate teaching assistants from a variety of disciplines in the humanities. A majority of these teaching assistants are graduate students in the English Department's Creative Writing Program. The Director will also oversee program development and, in collaboration with the Writing Center, the University Writing Committee, and various administrative and faculty constituencies, nurture the university’s broader writing initiatives. The English Department itself has a history of excellence in writing and scholarship, including a nationally ranked Creative Writing program and a strong English Teaching program, and thus offers many possibilities for collaboration and support for an integrative and affiliative Director.

The teaching load is two classes per academic year. This includes a one-week orientation for teaching assistants just prior to the start of fall semester and continues with a writing pedagogy and theory course throughout the year. There are opportunities to teach advanced composition courses and upper-division and/or graduate courses in the appointee’s area of research. We welcome any secondary interests that would undergird the prospective Director’s success as a scholar, a program administrator, and a teacher. Because the Composition Program features two laptop writing classrooms, a background in multimodal composition, visual rhetorics, digital literacy, and information literacy pedagogy would be especially desirable. Mindful of other strong departmental and campus programs, we’d also welcome scholarly intersections with such fields as Environmental Studies, Media Arts, Irish Studies, Native American Studies, Film Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

For more information about the Composition Program’s current curriculum, course offerings, and expected outcomes, see; for more information about the University’s writing requirements for graduation, see

The University of Montana enrolls some 15,000 students, and boasts a beautiful fifty-six acre campus in a dramatic mountain setting; its strong humanities orientation is complemented by highly regarded schools of business, law, forestry, and pharmacy. The city of Missoula features award-winning schools, a thriving downtown, a seasonal farmers market, and a diverse culture of the arts, while western Montana offers unmatched recreational opportunities.

  Required Experience:

  •  Doctorate in composition/rhetoric or related field.
    • Candidates expecting to receive their doctorate by August 2015 will also be considered.
  • Writing Program Administration expertise
  • Excellence in college teaching
  • Scholarly record or agenda proportionate to the applicant’s years of service and rank
  • Background in writing pedagogy and teacher preparation
  • Ability to develop, articulate, and administer a curriculum for first-year composition
  • Ability to work collaboratively both within the English Department and with administrators and faculty across campus
  • Ability to play an important role in campus discussions about writing


Review of completed applications will begin on December 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants are required to submit the following application materials online via the "New Resume/CV" button below.  Incomplete applications or those not submitted via the website will not be reviewed. Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.   

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and selected teaching materials (e.g., sample syllabi)
  • 20+ page writing sample (or link to a published article)
  • Contact information for three references

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment

In accordance with University policy; finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.

Employment Eligibility.  All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).