Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition - Santa Clara University in Santa Clara California

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California 95053

United States

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Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

The Department of English at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Rhetoric and Composition. Applicants will have interest and expertise in teaching rhetoric, first-year composition, advanced writing, or writing for publication. Successful candidates must have a strong commitment to both teaching and research and must be able to establish and maintain an active research program. Teaching responsibilities will include first-year critical thinking and writing courses and advanced (upper-division) courses in areas such as argumentation, writing and social justice, writing for teachers, composition theory, and/or practicum in tutoring composition. The successful candidate will teach 6 courses spread over three quarters, with a reduced teaching load of 5 courses in the first year.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in English (or a closely related field), with a primary emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition; experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching first-year composition and a commitment to working with undergraduates; publications or strong promise for publications, and a clear research trajectory. Experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities, and potential to contribute to one or more departmental, college, or university priorities will be especially valued. Applicants should be aware of Jesuit educational philosophy, the social justice mission of the university, and the goals of the Department of English at Santa Clara University.

The following secondary qualifications would be also be valuable: 1) experience in developing internships or advising students on writing careers, 2) evidence of effective leadership and/or interest in writing program administration and/or assessment.

Applicants are invited to visit the university’s website at for descriptions of the university’s mission, our department, the multicultural student population we serve, and the learning opportunities we offer. See the complete job posting at

Located in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit university and an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity; in this spirit we particularly welcome applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor, salary and benefits competitive, includes housing assistance program. Starting Date:  September 1, 2014

Application Procedure: Applicants should send CV and a letter of application describing teaching philosophy and research plan that could be implemented in a department that serves only undergraduate students by Oct 10 to Email inquiries may be directed to Director of Writing and Associate Chair of English, Simone Billings, or Search Committee Chair, Eileen Elrod,

Keyword Phrases

  • Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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Best if Apply By 10/10/2013