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Assistant Professor of the Practice in Core Writing

Fairfield University
Connecticut, United States
Posted Date
Mar 6, 2018

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Company Description:

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT.  The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.  As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

The Core Writing (Writing Across the Curriculum) Program at Fairfield University invites applications for four full-time, non-tenure track Assistant Professor of the Practice positions to start September 1, 2018, with an option to begin work on July 1 (for a summer stipend). Currently undergoing revision of its Core, Fairfield University's exciting new writing curriculum requires four writing classes, including a new "writing about writing" course.

All positions carry a 3/3 course load in Core Writing, with reassigned time for serving as Writing Across the Curriculum consultants or (in the case of one position) serving as the Assistant Director of Core Writing. (Typical non-tenure track teaching loads are 4/4.) Successful candidates for all positions will be committed to excellence in teaching and academic service and will demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field.


Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition is strongly preferred. ABDs are also encouraged to apply. A Master's degree with compelling professional development and/or graduate preparation in rhetoric and composition may be considered. Salary is commensurate with highest degree earned and is competitive. Evidence of exemplary teaching of college composition courses is required. Understanding of contemporary best practices in the teaching of rhetoric and composition and writing across the curriculum is a must. Knowledge of WPA practices is required for the Assistant Director position.

Additional Information:

Experience in the research and/or teaching of multimodal composition, ePortfolio pedagogy, writing for the sciences, professional writing, translingual writing, and critical race theory are additional areas of expertise that would be welcomed.

In addition, candidates should demonstrate a commitment to innovation and demonstrated excellence in using technology in the classroom

The salary and the benefits for the position are competitive.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of other historically underrepresented groups. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

Application Instructions:

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with review beginning March 19. These positions are open until filled, but we do anticipate making these hires by May 1.

If you have any questions about these positions, please contact Dr. Kim Gunter, the Director of the Core Writing Program, at

For full consideration, please click "Apply Now" and upload the following materials:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of application
  • sample syllabi
  • statement of teaching

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