Assistant Professor of English: Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 08, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

CLOSING DATE:  April 6, 2021

APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 17, 2021



Bemidji State University (BSU) invites qualified applicants to join our team as an Assistant Professor of English (Digital Writing and Rhetoric). BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.


BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 


Enrolling around 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.


The English Department at BSU offers a diverse selection of academic programs, from our award-winning Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative & Professional Writing to traditional and in-depth studies in literature including our graduate program that offers both M.A. and M.S. options.  The Department has developed innovative curriculum options including a Digital Writing minor.  This tenure track position will contribute to the Department’s liberal education courses, including Composition and Argument and Exposition.  This position will teach the Department’s Digital Writing and Rhetoric minor, which also supports the B.F.A. in Creative & Professional Writing; and teach courses in related areas of interest.  The Department is fully committed to equity and to diversity in our faculty and students.


Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor of English include:

  • Contributing to the English department’s liberal education courses, including Composition and Argument and Exposition, teaching within the Digital Writing and Rhetoric minor, which also supports the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative and Professional Writing, and teaching courses in related areas of interest.
  • Teaching courses ranging from freshman level to master’s level.
  • Delivering one-half of the teaching load in liberal education, typically including Composition, Argument and Exposition, and Technical Writing and other courses.
  • Teaching the Digital Writing minor and other courses in areas of interest at the upper division and occasionally graduate levels. (Rhetoric of Social Media, Elements of Digital Rhetoric, Digital Writing/Rhetoric Capstone).
  • Contributing to a program of scholarship within the discipline, student advising, service to the University and community, and other associated faculty duties.
  • Designing and delivering courses for on-campus and online delivery.
  • Pursuing scholarly and/or creative activities.
  • Contributing to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the Department, including curriculum development, assessment, and other departmental governance activities.
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values.
  • Assisting with programmatic assessment and continued accreditation.


Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Earned Doctorate in English with an emphasis in Digital Rhetoric, Composition and Rhetoric, or closely related sub-field from a regionally accredited institution at the start of employment. 
  • Two years teaching experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching, evidenced by teaching statement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Digital Writing and Digital Rhetoric.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and/or interest working with students and colleagues from multi-cultural and diverse backgrounds and using culturally responsive pedagogy and practice.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated interests in one or more of these secondary fields: professional editing and writing, digital humanities, and rhetorical criticism of world literatures, world science fiction.
  • Demonstrated interest in student recruitment into departmental programs.
  • Four or more years teaching experience in higher education.



Apply online:   


A complete application will include the following attachments:


  • Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at Bemidji State University.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Teaching statement documenting teaching experience and success and demonstrated interest in the teaching-learning process.
  • Names and contact information for three (3) people who can provide a professional reference.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate coursework.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, which should be sent directly to Dr. Larry Swain.



Dr. Larry Swain

Associate Professor of English

Bemidji State University

1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Box 23

Bemidji, MN  56601-2699     (For emails, please use subject heading Digital Writing Application)


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Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.


Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.


Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.


The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.


For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.


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