TT Assistant Professor of Technical Communication

TT Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, with emphasis in Engineering Communication

The Department of English at the University of Maine invites applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, effective August 29, 2016 to teach courses in our Engineering Communication Program (ECP) and in professional and technical writing (PTW) depending upon experience and departmental need.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The customary teaching load for this position is 3/2. Teaching responsibilities will include engineering communication courses, the business and technical writing service course, and undergraduate and graduate professional and technical courses within the candidate's area of specialization. The selected candidate is expected to maintain a productive scholarly agenda.

The successful candidate will contribute to an expanding writing studies program, support undergraduate and graduate work in professional and technical writing including mentoring student outreach work and establishing connections with local industry, and contribute service to the department, college, and university.

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:



--Ph.D. in Technical Communication or closely related field by date of hire.

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--Evidence of successful college level teaching of technical communication.

--Strong scholarly record and potential for a continued research agenda.

--Demonstrated successful experience with educational technologies.

--Experience in positions that balance individual and collaborative efforts or evidence of successful collaborative or teamwork experience.

--Excellent oral and written communication skills.



--Evidence of successful teaching in engineering communication courses.

--Professional experience as a technical communicator in engineering or research and development.

--Evidence of experience with writing assessment.

--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.

Information about the Engineering Communication and Professional & Technical Writing Programs

The ECP is in its tenth year. Participants include the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Each department has three one-credit writing courses embedded alongside subject-matter courses. Writing and engineering faculty co-construct curricula, and students conclude their ECP work with a senior capstone project. The program serves approximately 500 students per year.

The Professional & Technical Writing programs serve approximately 800 students across campus each year. We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in professional writing, a Concentration in Professional & Technical Writing for English majors, and a Minor in Professional Writing for students across campus. Graduate students also take courses in professional writing, and we hope to expand our offerings at the graduate level. In addition, we provide two foundational writing courses in business and technical writing and in writing in the disciplines.


Information about the University of Maine

Located on the northern border of beautiful Downeast Maine, the University of Maine 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 over 11,000 students. The Department of English offers BA and MA degrees. Further information about the Department and our activities can be found at 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 scenic Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland.

To apply, submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, a statement on teaching, a scholarly writing sample related to technical or engineering communication, and the names and contact information for three persons who can serve as professional references. Materials must be submitted via the HireTouch website at: You will need to create a profile and application. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin December 3, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

For questions about the position, you may contact Dr. Charlsye Smith Diaz, search committee chair, at (207) 581-3839 or

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.