Assistant Professor of English (two open positions)
The Department of English and Philosophy seeks candidates for two tenure-track assistant professors of rhetoric and composition who will primarily teach courses in developmental and first-year writing, as well as occasional courses in rhetorical theory, professional writing, and advanced composition. The successful candidates will have strong backgrounds in programmatic assessment and curricular development, in addition to a record of teaching excellence in composition. Applicants with experience or interest in writing program administration are especially welcome, as the department seeks candidates with the capability to eventually direct the first-year writing program. Applicants specializing in basic (developmental) writing pedagogy are also encouraged. In keeping with the polytechnic mission of the university, successful candidates will bring pragmatic, career-focused, and collaborative approaches to instruction. Stout is a laptop campus; the successful candidates will demonstrate pedagogical approaches that reflect competence and interest in classroom technology and emerging media. Departmental and university service, research in the area of composition studies, student advising, a willingness to pursue grants, and engagement in assessment of student learning are expected. The anticipated start date for these positions is August 2018.
Required: Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, Teaching of English as a Second Language, or related field conferred prior to employment start date. Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching of first-year composition.
Desired: Experience, scholarly research, and/or coursework in writing program administration and/or basic writing pedagogy. Experience and/or interest in working with diverse students and faculty
Teaching a 4/4 load comprised of primarily first-year composition courses, with occasional intermediate and advanced writing courses. Scholarship in rhetoric and composition; service to the department and university, including curricular development and assessment.
The Department of English and Philosophy houses the university’s first-year writing sequence, as well as general education courses in professional writing, literature, logic, and philosophy, many of which fulfill one or more general education requirements (e.g. ethical reasoning and social responsibility, US-based and global cultural competence, interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary issues). Additionally, the department offers a bachelor’s degree in Professional Communication and Emerging Media and a master’s degree in Technical and Professional Communication, along with minors in English Writing and Literature, Journalism, and Philosophy. Department faculty pursue a wide variety of scholarly interests, including rhetorical theory, professional and technical communication, race/ethnicity studies, free speech issues, creative writing, multicultural domestic and global literatures, gender studies, age studies, green studies, disability studies, the digital humanities, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.
UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.
UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative methods of approaching industry and social challenges in diverse cultural arenas, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within and across their disciplines and industries.
All students are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.
Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups, with the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty dedicated to teaching and working in an intercultural environment. The department strongly encourages applications from candidates who are members of underrepresented communities, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and/or individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, employment will be contingent upon a criminal background check.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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Required application materials:
- Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy
- Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
- Unofficial copies of transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire
To ensure consideration, complete applications must be submitted by November 15, 2017. Screening of applications will begin November 16th. Applications may be reviewed until position is filled.
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