Associate or Full Professor and Chair, Writing and Rhetoric

Job Description

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida invites applications for the position of department chair. The chair reports to the dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to manage programs, personnel, and budget, as well as to pursue opportunities for collaboration and innovation and to be actively involved with fundraising. This is a 12-month appointment with an anticipated start date of August 2017.

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric is an award-winning department that includes 12 tenured or tenure-earning 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, an innovative Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and a First-Year Composition Program that 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 University of Central Florida, the nation’s second largest university, is a metropolitan research institution that has achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest classifications for research activity and community engagement. Of its 63,000 students, 43 percent are minorities, 22.5 percent are Hispanic, and many are multilingual and first-generation.

Position Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field from an accredited institution; prior academic administrative experience with evidence of successful budget and personnel management; and a distinguished record of teaching and scholarly activity. The applicant must currently hold an academic rank of associate or full professor.


Evidence of successful academic program planning, development, and assessment; experience cultivating strategic partnerships, and acquiring grant funding; significant fund-raising experience; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, collaboration and interdisciplinarity, including community and global outreach; and a record of scholarship equivalent to the rank of full professor at UCF.

Additional Application Materials Required

The university requires that candidates complete an online application at the UCF HR website. The job posting is available at In addition to the online application, candidates must submit a letter of application summarizing relevant background, experience, and administrative philosophy; a current CV; and the names and contact information of three professional references (including at least one reference who has supervised the candidate in a current or recent position). The selected candidate will need to provide official transcripts at the time of hire.

Please have all documents ready when applying so that they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit documents at a later date.

The deadline to receive applications is December 8, 2016. Review of applications will begin immediately. Please direct questions to Dr. Trey Philpotts, Search Committee Chair, at

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 request.