Associate Professor/Advanced Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, UC Davis

Associate Professor/Advanced Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, UC Davis

The University Writing Program (UWP) of the University of California at Davis seeks a tenure-line associate professor or advanced assistant professor to direct the lower-division writing component of the UWP and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in academic writing, writing in disciplines and professions, and the theory and pedagogy of composition and rhetoric. Negotiated reduction in teaching for administrative duties. We are seeking a teacher/scholar with significant administrative experience in first-year writing programs, in preparation/mentoring of graduate students to teach writing, and with such issues as placement, curriculum design, and writing support services. Candidates for this position should have an active research agenda in one or more of the following fields: models of writing pedagogy, the first-year curriculum, technologies of writing, writing assessment, writing in disciplines/professions, teaching of college-level writing to English learners, writing in multicultural settings, and so forth.

PhD in rhet/comp, professional/technical communication, or closely-related field.

The successful candidate will join an independent writing program at a top-flight research university with an established emphasis on writing in the disciplines and professions, as well as a diverse student population. The University Writing Program publishes the award-winning journal Writing on the Edge and enjoys the support of Davis’s renowned programs in the sciences, environmental studies, agriculture, and engineering, plus close ties with the arts, the humanities, and the School of Education. Located in Northern California’s Central Valley, adjacent to Sacramento and within easy driving distance of the Bay Area and the Sierras, UC Davis offers a superb, diverse environment for teaching and research. Websites: and

Application letter, vita, scholarly writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to

Christopher Thaiss
Search Committee Chair
University Writing Program
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

We will begin reading applications on October 19, 2007. We will conduct a first round of phone interviews beginning November 13, and we plan to bring finalists to campus beginning just after January 1, 2008.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.