Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Florida

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The University of Central Florida (UCF) Department of Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to invite applications for an assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric. This position is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track academic appointment with a 3/2 teaching load. The position will begin in August 2018. 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.

In searching for our new colleague, we are looking for a candidate with a developing scholarly agenda in one or a combination of the following subfields: multilingual literacies or translingualism; or cultural rhetorics (including, but not limited to, African American, Asian American, Indigenous, Queer, Latinx/Chicanx rhetorics). A successful candidate may have overlap in both broad areas of specialization or may specialize in only one scholarly area; both are acceptable.

The successful applicant may teach first-year composition; upper-level courses such as Rhetorical Grammar, Writing for Social Change, or Writing across Difference, among others; and graduate courses in the department’s M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition. There are also opportunities to teach honors courses, fully online or hybrid courses, and summer courses based on the department’s need and the candidate’s interests. The candidate may also contribute to our department by strengthening our undergraduate research efforts and/or securing external grant funding.

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric is an award-winning, vibrant, and independent department that includes 7 tenure-earning faculty members, 6 tenured faculty members, and 29 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.

UCF is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando with more than 66,000 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.

Position Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. or ABD in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field from an accredited institution. Ph.D. required by start date.
• Graduate training and/or other demonstrable expertise in literacy studies (with a specialization in multilingual literacy, translingualism, linguistics, TESOL, and/or language policy); or cultural rhetorics (including African American, Asian American, Indigenous, Queer, or Latinx/Chicanx rhetorics).
• Experience teaching college-level writing courses, with an interest in and ability to teach upper-division and/or graduate-level courses in the field.


• A developing scholarly agenda in Rhetoric and Composition and particularly in literacy studies or cultural rhetorics.
• 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.
• Demonstrated interest in and potential expertise related to undergraduate research and/or securing external grant funding.


Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

Additional Application Materials Required

The university requires that all applicants apply online at In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the following additional documents:
1. Cover letter that outlines their qualifications for the position;
2. Curriculum vitae;
3. Writing sample of no more than 30 pages or a URL for digital scholarship;
4. List of three professional references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).

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.

Selected candidates will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype or telephone, not at MLA.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017. Candidates will not be considered until all of the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly. Applications can be accepted until November 16, 2017; no materials will be accepted after this date.

For more information about the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, visit For questions regarding this search, contact Emily Proulx, Search Committee Chair, at