Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric (Digital/Multimodal Writing and Rhetoric) at UCF

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Department of Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to
invite applications for an assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric with expertise in
digital and multimodal rhetoric and writing. This position is a full-time, nine-month,
tenure-track academic appointment with a 3/2 teaching load. The position will begin in
August 2017.

Our department is committed to fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, and we
therefore seek candidates who can help us advance these goals through their teaching,
scholarly work, and/or outreach. We are especially interested in applicants whose work can
engage underserved cultures, communities, and students.

The successful applicant would teach upper-level courses such as Writing in Digital
Environments, Multimedia Composing, and/or Literacy and Technology, among others, as
well as graduate courses in the department’s M.A. in Writing and Rhetoric, such as Digital
Rhetorics and Digital Literacies. An applicant with relevant expertise will also be eligible
for affiliation with the UCF Text and Technology Ph.D. program housed in the College of
Arts and Humanities. There will also be opportunities to teach honors courses, first-year
composition, and fully online or hybrid courses based on the department’s need and the
candidate’s interests. Summer teaching opportunities are typically available. Our
department’s faculty are supported by a wide range of networking and development
opportunities, including those offered by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning,
Center for Success of Women Faculty, Center for Distributed Learning, research grant
programs, and department- and college-level mentoring programs.

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric is an award-winning, vibrant, and independent
department that includes 5 tenure-earning faculty members, 7 tenured faculty members, and
31 full-time instructors. Our vertical writing curriculum includes a Writing and Rhetoric
bachelor’s degree (the first of its kind in Florida), an undergraduate minor and certificate in
public and professional writing, an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, and a graduate
certificate in professional writing. We also house a thriving University Writing Center,
Writing Across the Curriculum program, and First-Year Composition program. Our
department is nationally known for its commitment to Writing about Writing pedagogy, and
our first-year composition program won the CCCC Certificate of Excellence in 2013. The
department is committed to supporting partnerships and learning opportunities through a
diverse range of university and outreach programs, including TRIO program mentoring,
LGBTQ+ alliance mentoring, undergraduate research, integrative learning, multilingual
tutoring, service-learning and community-based learning, and community/state college
outreach.

The nation’s second largest university, UCF is a metropolitan research institution and
America’s Partnership University, having achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest
classifications for research activity and community engagement. UCF is remarkably
diverse—of our 63,000 students, 43 percent are minorities, 22.5 percent are Hispanic, and a
sizable percentage are multilingual and first-generation students. Central Florida is similarly
one of the nation’s fastest-growing and diverse metropolitan areas, home of The City
Beautiful and a variety of cultural and natural attractions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field from an accredited institution by start date.
  • Graduate training and/or other demonstrable expertise in some area(s) of digital and multimodal rhetoric and writing.
  • Experience teaching college-level writing courses, with an interest in and ability to teach upper-division and/or graduate-level courses in the field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A developing scholarly agenda in Rhetoric and Composition and particularly digital and multimodal rhetoric and writing, with a possible intersecting specialization in accessibility or cultural rhetoric.
  • Interest in and concrete plans to develop born-digital or multimodal publications.
  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in teaching online and/or teaching with digital and multimodal composing technologies.
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching and mentoring a diverse student body and in teaching issues of difference and intersectionality, including those around race, ethnicity, disability, gender, and/or sexuality.

Applicants for this position will NOT automatically be considered for position number
33146 and must apply for that position separately if interested.

Application Materials Required

The university requires that all applicants apply online at www.jobswithucf.com.
addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the following:
1. Cover letter that outlines their qualifications for the position,
2. Curriculum Vitae,
3. Teaching philosophy,
4. Research agenda of no more than 2 pages,
5. Writing sample of no more than 30 pages or a URL for digital scholarship, and
6. A list of three professional references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).

The selected candidate will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official
transcripts. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype or telephone, not at MLA.
Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time.
Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to
submit additional documents at a later date.

Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2016. Candidates will not be
considered until all of the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for
ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly. Completed applications will be
accepted for consideration until December 1, 2016; but no materials can be accepted after
this date.

For more information about the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, visit
http://writingandrhetoric.cah.ucf.edu/. For questions regarding this search, contact Dr.
Laurie A. Pinkert, search committee chair, at laurie.pinkert@ucf.edu.

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are
encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with
disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and
selection procedures available to the public upon