Late Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of English and WAC Coordinator

Late Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of English

Rhetoric and Composition and Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator

College of Arts and Humanities

The faculty of the Department of English at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications from individuals for a tenure-track late Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor position in Rhetoric and Composition and Coordinator of the campus’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program.

The Position

We seek a dynamic and visionary leader to coordinate CSUDH’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program and help faculty develop other writing-infused courses. The campus’s WAC / WID program currently comprises a two-course lower division composition sequence and one upper-division composition course as well as two required upper-division writing-intensive (WI) courses taken in the major. The WAC / WID program will house our existing writing center, which offers a range of support services for students and faculty. The successful candidate will work closely with the Composition Program Coordinator and supervise a full-time assistant coordinator in writing support as well as writing tutors and administrative staff.

The position carries assigned time as Coordinator of the WAC / WID program and related writing support activities with the expectation of teaching one (1) course a year in the Department of English.  The WAC / WID Coordinator will hold a twelve (12) month tenure-track appointment in the Department of English and report to the Vice Provost for Student Academic Success. Appointment will be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor and salary dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.  The appointment will be effective Summer 2015.

The WAC Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate the university's Writing Across the Curriculum program
  • Oversee the Writing Intensive graduation requirement (students must complete two upper-division WI courses in the major)
  • Collaborate with the Composition Program Coordinator to improve instruction and assessment in composition courses
  • Work with faculty to build the university's WAC / WID program, including, but not limited to: developing courses and assessment tools and providing faculty development support for WAC / WID courses;
  • Work with staff and faculty to enhance the university’s writing support services, including, but not limited to: tutor training; learning communities; workshop design; program and course assessment; instructional technologies
  • Oversee the university's Writing Competency Committee
  • Teach one course annually in the area of expertise, including the WAC / WID Program or Composition program

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will provide seasoned leadership and vision for the WAC / WID program; have experience training and supervising a writing support services staff; have strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration; have knowledge and experience implementing and assessing writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and writing support services; have a distinguished record of teaching and scholarship and demonstrated administrative experience, particularly in working effectively with faculty and administrators from various disciplinary backgrounds; and have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.


  1. Minimum: Applicants must hold a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or allied field with expertise in Writing Across the Curriculum and / or Writing in the Disciplines and experience with writing support services, tutor training and faculty development.  Applicants must have teaching experience in multiple levels of university writing courses; a strong record of peer-reviewed scholarship; evidence of commitment to WAC / WID scholarship and pedagogies; and experience performing committee and other service at the department, college, and university level and within the surrounding community.

       2.   Applicants must currently hold the rank of Assistant Professor or higher.

  1. Preferred: Applicants should have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration; knowledge and experience implementing and assessing writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and writing support services; and demonstrated experience working with faculty and administrators from various disciplinary backgrounds; and knowledge of instructional technologies (such as the e-portfolio).  Applicants should have experience working with a diverse student population; familiarity with the educational needs of students who are multi-lingual, first-generation, and/ or from historically underrepresented groups.

Employee Benefits

CSU Dominguez Hills offers a comprehensive and attractive benefits program to its employees.  Further information on benefits offered can be found at

How to Apply

While the position will remain open until filled, review of applications, consisting of a current CV, cover letter and a list of 3 references will begin on January 15, 2015.  Applications should be submitted online in a single uploaded document at the following link:

Applicants should request references to submit original, signed reference letters directly to the following address:

Dr. Helen Oesterheld

Associate Professor and Academic Affairs Administrative Fellow in Writing Support

Department of English

California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street

Carson, California 90747

 California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. 

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the CSU Dominguez Hills Human Resources Office (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766. 

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Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

CSU Dominquez Hills

On April 29, 1960, Gov. Pat Brown signed a bill into law authorizing the formation of a state college to serve the growing southwestern region of Los Angles County.  From its humble beginnings in a bank building in Rolling Hills Estates, CSU Dominguez Hills has evolved into a thriving and nationally recognized comprehensive university, providing an innovative liberal arts education to a diverse student body. 

Mission Statement

CSU Dominguez Hills provides education, scholarship and service that are, by design, accessible and transformative. We welcome students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow.


A vital educational and economic resource for the South Bay, CSU Dominguez Hills will be recognized as a top-performing Comprehensive Model Urban University in America.  We will be known as a campus community and gathering place where:

  • Diversity in all its forms is explored, understood, and transformed into knowledge and practice that benefits the world.
  • Technology is embraced and leveraged to transcend educational boundaries as we reach out to students, both locally and globally.
  • Sustainable environmental, social and economic practices are a way of life.
  • Students from our community who aspire to complete a college degree are provided the pathway and guidance to succeed.
  • Faculty and staff across the University are engaged in serving the dynamic needs of the surrounding communities.
  • Student life is meaningful and vibrant.
  • Our accomplishments and those of our alumni are recognized nationally and internationally.
  • Ultimately, our students graduate with an exemplary academic education, a highly respected degree, and a genuine commitment to justice and social responsibility.

About the University

CSU Dominguez Hills holds the Carnegie classification of Master’s L and is a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution.  Class sizes are small as compared with large research universities and classes are taught by the faculty, not by teaching assistants.  Many of the university’s students are the first in their families to earn a university degree.  While the university enrolls traditional full-time students, many students enroll part-time and attend late afternoon, evening and weekend classes because of work and family responsibilities. 

CSU Dominguez Hills offers 45 baccalaureate degrees, 24 master’s degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs.  Enrollment exceeds 14,000 students and the student population is among the most ethnically and culturally rich in the nation:  45% Hispanic, 23% African American, 17% white and 12% Asian/Pacific Islanders. 

The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting body for institutions of higher learning in the West.  Eleven programs hold accreditations from national professional associations:  business administration, clinical sciences, computer science, education, health science, music, nursing, occupational therapy, public administration, special education, and theatre arts.

The academic programs of the university are organized under the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Public Policy, Extended and International Education, Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Education, and Health and Human Services, and Nursing.  While continuing to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate level, developed to serve the region’s workforce needs, are of great interest to students and prepare them for professions in a variety of industries.

Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders.  CSU Dominguez Hills is a national leader in distance learning with 10 academic degrees and seven certificate programs offered.


A tradition of teaching excellence lies at the heart of the university experience for Dominguez Hills’ students.  Most of the faculty have earned doctoral degrees from prestigious universities across the nation.  The faculty strives to sustain a dynamic teaching and learning environment in a multicultural setting.  The Academic Senate provides a forum for faculty, administration, students and others to be represented and consulted regarding such vital issues as budget priorities, academic standards, curriculum and instruction, and student affairs. 

Student Life

At CSU Dominguez Hills, there’s more to student life than the classroom.  The university offers a dynamic, interactive and enriching community of learners, teachers and peers sharing diverse points of view.  There are multitudes of ways for students to pursue interests, get involved, and get the most from their academic experience.

An office of student life enhances student development by coordinating a variety of co-curricular activities, including 60 student organizations.  Students are encouraged to perform community service and participate in leadership development.  The Multicultural Center on campus promotes the exploration of diverse heritages, values and cultural experiences by offering a wide range of activities and programs throughout the academic year.

CSU Dominguez Hills is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution that competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).  CSU Dominguez Hills is one of the most athletically competitive and honored schools in the CCAA, with 23 conference titles and four national championships to date, including the 2008 NCAA D-II Men’s Soccer National Championship.  CSU Dominguez Hills sponsors 11 intercollegiate athletic teams.

The Location

The university is located in Carson, California, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.  Its 346-acre park-like campus is situated in the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles area.  The site remained in the continuous possession of the Dominguez family for seven generations - from its inception in 1794 to its acquisition by the state of California. 

The Region

The South Bay is one of the most culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse areas in the United States, with a largely even distribution of the population with African, Asian/Pacific Islander, European, and Latino ancestry.  The university is located in the city of Carson, a city of 93,000 residents and one of the many municipalities that border the city of Los Angeles.  Cultural, performance and sports venues in downtown Los Angeles are about 15 minutes away and the South Bay beach communities are a few minutes away to the west and south.  The StubHub, a 125-acre sports center developed by AEG and home to Major League Soccer’s L.A. Galaxy and Chivas USA, is located on the CSUDH campus.

The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial and transportation complex in Southern California.  This area includes the massive Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles – Southern California’s gateway to international commerce.  The South Bay region is also home to aerospace, oil refinery, healthcare and automotive industries.