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Open Rank Professor of Rhetoric & Composition/Writing Studies

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department: English
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of English at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track Advanced Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor position in Rhetoric & Composition/Writing Studies to begin August 2021. Responsibilities for the position include research and publication in
Rhetoric & Composition/Writing Studies; teaching in our Ph.D. program in Rhetoric & Writing (RW) and in our Composition Program, including GTA education; participating in writing program administrative rotations; serving on departmental, college, and university committees; and mentoring and advising students from diverse cultural backgrounds. We encourage candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service reflects commitments to theory, history, and practices of composition; directing a rhetoric research center; writing program administration; writing across the curriculum; and/or writing centers. The standard teaching load is 2/2.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition/Writing Studies or related field by appointment start date 8/1/2021; the promise of significant research and publication; evidence of successful teaching; and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, including experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience directing or administering a research center, writing program, or writing center; publication in Rhetoric & Writing; ability to teach a variety of courses in the Composition and RW programs.

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Additional Information

Applications must be submitted electronically at, posting 515258. Attach to the electronic application a cover letter, resume or CV, a writing sample, a recent course syllabus and/or statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of up to three professional references. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Address queries to the search committee chair, Dr. Derek Mueller,

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Patricia Morse at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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