Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 31, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Bridgewater College

START DATE: August, 2021

The Department of English at Bridgewater College invites applications for a new full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of English with expertise in composition and cultural rhetorics starting August 2021. Non-tenure track. Responsibilities for the position include teaching and developing composition and upper-level writing courses, including courses in editing, publishing, and writing for various professions, such as writing for business or writing for the sciences. We encourage candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service reflects commitments to the intersection of cultural rhetorics and professional writing practices. The Department of English offers two majors (English and Professional Writing) and three minors (English, Professional Writing, and American Studies). Departmental faculty emphasize creativity and innovation in pedagogy and research, and are committed to advising and mentoring students, contributing to campus-wide initiatives, and maintaining an active research agenda.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants will hold a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in Rhetoric and Composition, English, or a related field. We seek applicants with strong evidence of successful teaching (particularly of diverse student populations), demonstrated commitment to collegiality and service, and a promising research agenda.  

MISSION: Bridgewater College is a residential liberal arts college of almost 1600 students with a vibrant core curriculum, numerous funding opportunities for undergraduate-led research, and a developing interest in interdisciplinary graduate programs. The College emphasizes creativity and innovation in pedagogy and research. Successful faculty members are dedicated to advising and mentoring students, and contributing to campus-wide faculty initiatives. Bridgewater seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our commitment to liberal learning and to diversity and inclusion, and so application materials should address how you might contribute to these commitments and ways that this mission informs your vocation as teacher and scholar.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. Bridgewater offers bachelor’s degrees in approximately 60 majors and minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state's lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.

APPLY: Please complete the online application at attaching a cover letter, detailed resume, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy. Three signed letters of reference are required. Please ask your references to send their reference letters to

DEADLINE: Full consideration will be given to those applicants who submit application materials by May 1, 2021

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Department Chair - Dr. Christian Sheridan at

Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider, committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.

Bridgewater College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs and activities, or with regard to employment.

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