Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition--Auburn University

Auburn University

English, 9030 Haley Center, Auburn University, AL 36849-5203

Assistant Professor


The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of rhetoric and composition to begin Fall 2016.  The teaching load is 2-2, with primary assignments in upper-division and graduate rhetoric and/or composition courses as well as teaching in the first-year composition component of Auburn’s core curriculum. Individuals joining our faculty will be working with us to focus and build our first-year writing program, develop our undergraduate major in Professional & Public Writing, and enrich our MA & PhD programs in rhetoric and composition. Candidates who can advance the Department’s commitment to diversity through scholarship, creative activity, and teaching are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications include a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, English, or a closely allied field by the August 16th, 2016, starting date; a strong research and teaching specialization and an academic background in rhetoric and composition studies; evidence of successful teaching experience at the college/university level; evidence of potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and composition; significant potential for successful research, publication, and other scholarly/professional activities; interest in teaching first-year composition; and strong potential as a colleague taking part in the life and work of a unified department of English Studies (including majors in creative writing, literature, and professional writing; graduate concentrations in creative writing, literature, and rhetoric and composition; and a master’s program in technical and professional communication). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.

Desired qualifications include research and pedagogical interests linking literacy, rhetoric, and public culture. Research focus and methodology is open, but we particularly seek candidates with demonstrated scholarly strengths in one or more of the following areas: literacy studies; rhetorical history and theory; cultural and/or ethnic rhetorics. In addition, we are searching for candidates with experience and/or interest in civic engagement, collaborative work across disciplinary and administrative units, and commitment to collaborative teaching, scholarship, and service.  

Auburn University is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In the 2015 edition of the U.S. News and World Report ratings of undergraduate programs, it was ranked 48th among public universities. Auburn is an institution that is both highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence, with degrees offered in more than 200 academic programs, and a fall 2014 enrollment of 25,912 students, including 20,629 undergraduates and 5,283 graduate students. It is located in an attractive college town in the east central part of the state, 90 minutes from Atlanta. The Department of English, the largest in the College of Liberal Arts, offers the BA, MA, MTPC, and PhD.

Applications will be accepted online at https://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com.  Please have the following documents ready to upload: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample; contact information for three recommenders; transcripts (official transcripts required only upon hire); a portfolio of relevant teaching materials, including a statement of teaching philosophy and course syllabi. Review of applications will begin October 15; application deadline is November 6.

Diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students is an Auburn University commitment.  Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Link to the university posting: https://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/1273.

Contact Chad Wickman (cwickman@auburn.edu) with questions related to the position.