Assistant Professor - Rhetorical Studies

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 17, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The Communication Studies department at Davidson College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in rhetorical studies who has both a strong commitment to interdisciplinary undergraduate education and an active research agenda. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in areas that would support our existing curriculum by teaching courses such as Principles of Oral Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, and Rhetorics of Justice and Equality, and also broaden our curriculum by teaching courses such as critical/cultural, diasporic, decolonial, transnational, critical race, intersectional, queer, and/or feminist rhetorics and theories. The successful candidate’s primary teaching responsibility will be in the Communication Studies department and the teaching load is five courses per academic year, with a one-course reduction in the first tenure-track year. The candidate would be expected to offer a course within their expertise that could contribute to the interdisciplinary Writing Program or Humanities Program. Candidates whose research agenda demonstrates the potential to connect with other interdisciplinary programs are encouraged to apply. The candidate’s Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a specialty in rhetorical studies should be completed by July 1, 2021. The candidate will participate in departmental and college service, such as advising senior research projects and serving on committees. Candidates should possess demonstrated teaching ability, outstanding academic qualifications, and an active research program.



Apply online only at To ensure a full review of application materials, applications should be completed by 11:59 PM EDT on November 18, 2020. Requested applications should include the following, tailored to the above position duties and requirements: 1) Cover Letter, 2)  Curriculum Vitae,  3) Research Statement, 4) Teaching Philosophy, 5) Diversity Statement that outlines how the applicant’s teaching, research, and/or service might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as how the candidate’s work advances diversity, equity, and inclusion, 6) Evidence of commitment to teaching, and 7) Sample syllabus of a course in the area of the candidate’s interest. Please include the names and contact information for three references. The system will send an email for them to upload a confidential letter of recommendation. For further information regarding this position, please contact Dr. Amanda R. Martinez, Search Committee Chair, at



Davidson College is a highly selective, residential, four-year liberal arts college, located 20 miles from Charlotte, NC that is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Davidson faculty members enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and outstanding facilities. A collegial, respectful atmosphere honors academic achievement and integrity, upholds educational excellence, encourages student-faculty collaborative research, and prioritizes inclusive pedagogy.



At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origin. 

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