Assistant or Associate Professor of Composition & Rhetoric - 12913BR

Assistant or Associate Professor of Composition & Rhetoric

University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas English Department invites candidates to apply for a faculty position at the Assistant or Associate level in Rhetoric and Composition. The position is expected to begin August 18, 2019. This is an academic year, tenure-track (Assistant) or tenured (Associate) position. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of productive research agenda in Rhetoric and Composition and should have a commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching as well as a commitment to professional service. We welcome applications from scholars working in all areas of Rhetoric and Composition, including, but not limited to, Community Engagement or Public Rhetoric, Writing and Social Justice, Cultural Rhetorics (such as (Trans)Gender, Queer, Race, (Did)ability, or Embodied Rhetorics), Digital and Multimodal Rhetoric, and Transcultural, Decolonial, or Global Rhetorics.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. In addition, per the position statement on hiring published by the Conference on College Composition and Communication, we reaffirm the institution's commitment to fostering diversity both in the kinds of candidates sought as well as the kinds of expertise valued.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

40% - Teaching/Advising:
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Rhetoric and Composition (topics courses, introductory courses to the field, advanced seminars, and graduate courses in theory, research, and pedagogy). 2-2 teaching assignment
  • Mentor graduate students in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Serve on committees for and direct graduate student exams, theses, and dissertations.
40% - Research:
  • Conduct, present, and public research in specialty of Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Demonstrate evidence of a productive research agenda in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Candidates for the position of Associate Professor must demonstrate an established record of publication in Rhetoric and Composition. Must be eligible for appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor.
20% - Service:
  • Actively contribute to the workings of the department, the College, and University community.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in English or a related field by start date of appointment.
  2. Specialization in Rhetoric and Composition
  3. A record of scholarship and publication in Rhetoric and Composition, or evidence of a productive research agenda.
  4. Previous experience with or preparation for teaching courses in Rhetoric and Composition.
  5. Preparation to teach beginning and advanced courses in specialty.
  6. Evidence of interest in or experience with writing program administration.
Candidates for the position of Associate Professor must demonstrate an established record of publication in Rhetoric and Composition as well as experience and excellence in teaching a variety of courses in specialty. Must be eligible for appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application package includes: an online application, a detailed CV, a letter of application and three recent letters of reference that evaluate scholarly potential/achievement and teaching. The letters of recommendation should be sent separately to

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Review of application will begin on November 2, 2018 and continue as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants.

Contact Information to Applicants

Robert Elliott, Assistant to the Chair

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Commensurate with experience

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