Visiting Assistant Professors of Rhetoric and Writing Studies (multiple vacancies)

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title Visiting Assistant Professors of Rhetoric and Writing Studies (multiple vacancies) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Position Number 009491, 083241 Department English - 250200 Minimum Qualifications

The Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program, housed within Appalachian State University’s Department of English, invites applications for two Visiting Assistant Professors in one or more of the following areas: writing studies, composition pedagogy, and professional and technical writing. We welcome additional expertise in critical rhetorics, editing, digital rhetorics and new media, and online teaching. The program seeks candidates with an interest in antiracist pedagogy and rhetorical ethics that can complement existing expertise and serve the newly created Rhetoric and Writing Studies program’s overall mission and vision at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These positions are one-year contracts with the possibility of renewal.

Required qualifications: PhD or equivalent (or advanced ABD with degree conferral expected by August 2021) in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Professional and Technical Writing, or a related area; an active research profile in rhetoric and writing; minimum of two years of teaching excellence.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

Our writing studies program seeks candidates with an interest in antiracist pedagogy who can broaden existing expertise and help to build the new RWS program’s overall mission and vision, which centers social justice and rhetorical ethics at the heart of an integrated undergraduate and graduate experience.
Desired expertise and/or practical experience with critical rhetorics, editing, digital rhetorics and new media, and online teaching.

A minimum of one year of professional or technical writing experience; experience teaching online.

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is also desired.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The English Department at Appalachian State offers a broad array of courses that focus on film, creative writing, English education, professional writing, rhetoric and composition, critical theory, folklore, and other aspects of English studies. Our newly-formed Rhetoric and Writing Studies program merges our award-winning Rhetoric and Composition program with our Professional Writing concentration, creating an exciting new focus on social justice and rhetorical ethics. The department’s faculty members edit academic journals and publish scholarly books and articles on subjects ranging from Renaissance drama to contemporary cinema. Our strongest commitment, however, is to outstanding work in the classroom, based on enthusiastic interaction with students and dynamic engagement with cultural history. Graduates of our degree programs pursue careers in education, business, medicine, entertainment, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, journalism, government, non-profit management, and the law, among other things.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching load is 4/4. Additional summer teaching may be available but is not required.

Courses that may be taught include Introduction to Professional Writing, Business Writing, Technical Writing, Document Design, Editing, Technical Communication for Computer Science, Grant Writing, First-Year Composition, Writing Across the Curriculum, and graduate level courses in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies program.

Throughout their teaching and service duties, the successful applicant should promote diversity and inclusive excellence.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application consists of:
1. a CV
2. a cover letter that includes examples of how you promote diversity and inclusion in their work
3. evidence of teaching effectiveness, including a sample syllabus of an undergraduate rhetoric and writing studies course that they have taught
4. contact information for 3 references.

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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