Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Writing

Georgia Southern University, an institution of the University System of Georgia, invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Technical and Professional Writing in the Department of Writing and Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Georgia Southern University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research institution. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Georgia Southern offers 117 academic majors in a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master's and doctoral programs. The University has earned national accreditation in 60 program areas from 21 accrediting bodies. Academic programs are organized in eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology, and the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. The University awarded 2,886 degrees in 2006-2007.

A residential university with a Fall 2007 enrollment of over 16,000 students, Georgia Southern is the largest university in the southern half of Georgia and apart from the three research universities, the most comprehensive center of public higher education in the state. One of the top choices in Georgia for new freshmen, including HOPE Scholars, Georgia Southern enrolls an increasingly selective student body representing all of Georgia, 48 states, and more than 85 nations. Ninety percent of undergraduates are full-time students. The University is enhancing its academic profile through higher admission standards, an expanded Honors Program, and scholarships for academically talented students.

Georgia Southern University is committed to advancing the State and region through the benefits of higher education, offering baccalaureate through doctoral degrees, and a variety of outreach programs. The University fosters access to its educational programs, provides a comprehensive and fulfilling university experience, and enhances quality of life in the region through collaborative relationships supporting education, health care and human services, cultural experiences, scientific and technological advancement, athletics, and regional development. Georgia Southern’s strategic plan includes advancing the University to the top tier of national rankings in its class.

The 675-acre park-like campus continues an era of capital construction that has opened new facilities for colleges and academic programs, student recreation and development, university housing, athletics, and public service. The learning environment is enhanced by a museum of cultural and natural history, a botanical garden, a unique wildlife education center, a performing arts center, and a continuing education and conference center. The University's Division I athletic teams compete in the Southern Conference. The campus is located in Statesboro, a safe, hospitable, and progressive Main Street community of 30,000, an hour from historic Savannah and beach resorts, and approximately 200 miles from Atlanta.

Within this setting, the Department of Writing and Linguistics is unique, combining theory and practice in the study of written text, discourse, and language. Its mission is to contribute to the cultural, technological, and social lives of its graduates and the communities in which they live by providing a unique, interdisciplinary program that combines theoretical knowledge of language usage and structure with practical writing skills in multiple genres. The Department of Writing and Linguistics is the home of the First-Year Writing program, the University Writing Center, and the Georgia Southern University Writing Project affiliate of the National Writing Project. In addition to a two-course first-year writing sequence required of most entering undergraduates, the Department offers a BA in Writing and Linguistics with four areas of concentration (Creative Writing, Writing and Culture, Technical and Professional Writing, and Linguistics), and has a faculty of 54, half of whom are tenure-line, including several prize-winning writers, a former Georgia Poet of the Year, and other scholars of note.

Position Description. The Department of Writing and Linguistics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Technical and Professional Reporting to the department chair, the position is a 9-month tenure-track academic appointment. The teaching load at the University is four courses per semester with the possibility of course release for research. All members of the Writing and Linguistics Department teach one or more composition courses each semester in addition to courses related to the candidate’s specialization in Technical, Professional, or Scientific Writing.

Required Qualifications:

  • completed PhD in Technical, Professional, or Scientific Writing, or a closely related field by August 1, 2008
  • scholarly agenda related to the area of appointment
  • experience teaching in a computer classroom environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • interest or experience in grants
  • interest or experience in developing industry contacts
  • interest or expertise in developing student internships

Screening of applications begins November 5, 2007, and continues until the position is filled. The position starting date is August 1, 2008. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; three letters of reference; and up to three sample publications. Other documentation may be requested. Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities. Hard copy of applications and nominations should be mailed to:

Dr. Tim Giles and Dr. Janice R. Walker, Search Co-Chairs, Search # 53856
Department of Writing & Linguistics
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8026
Statesboro, GA 30460
Email contact: tgiles@georgiasouthern.edu or jwalker@georgiasouthern.edu
Telephone: (912) 681-0739

More information about the institution is available through http://www.georgiasouthern.edu, http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/writling, or at http://chronicle.com/jobs/profiles/911.htm. Georgia Southern University seeks individuals who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.