Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, UTK

The University of Tennessee seeks an Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition, tenure track. For consideration, candidates must have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition (or related fields) by August 1, 2008, a record (or promise) of distinguished scholarship, and a history of excellent teaching. Salaries and teaching loads are competitive, and our endowment provides ample support for research and travel. UT, a "Doctoral/Research Extensive" institution, is the flagship university in the state system. Applications are due by November 1, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Send letter of application, vita, and 1-2 page abstract of dissertation or current project to David Goslee, Associate Head, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

The Institutional Setting

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is Tennessee’s flagship state university. We have over 27,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students, 1,300 faculty, and we offer graduate degrees in 234 areas. The central administration has announced plans to increase the enrollment to 32-34,000 over the next several years. Knoxville is just west of the Great Smoky Mountains at the intersection of I-75, I-40, and I-81, offering a rich cultural life as well as abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The Department of English has 42 professorial faculty, over 50 Lecturers, over 100 graduate students, and more than 300 undergraduate majors. Our undergraduate curriculum features emphases in literature, creative writing, technical communication, and rhetoric. We offer both an MA in literature and an MA in writing, and our graduate committee has divided the PhD program into three concentrations (literature, creative writing, and RWL). The person we hire will certainly be expected to make a major contribution in RWL, but also to participate in the intellectual and collegial life of the larger department.

The Department of English is fortunate to have its own multimillion dollar endowment, the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, which enables us to support faculty in numerous ways: by paying large portions of moving expenses, offering a generous travel allotment for each faculty member, offering a one semester sabbatical within a faculty member’s first two years with us, offering the possibility of sabbaticals after that (currently running every 5 years), providing support for library purchases, offering summer research stipends, bringing in guest speakers, bringing in better graduate students by supplementing their state salaries and reducing their teaching loads, etc.