Instructor of First Year Writing

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Department of English at Virginia Tech invites applications for full-time Instructors in the Composition Program beginning August 2021. These are one-year positions with the potential of renewal. We seek colleagues who value contemporary approaches to the teaching of writing, who are committed to active professional development in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, and who strive to create vibrant, innovative environments for practice-based teaching and learning. Instructors teach four first-year writing courses per semester; they are expected to participate in the program’s faculty development activities and to embrace the goals, curriculum, and teaching methods shared across a large-scale writing program. Instructors are not required to serve on committees or in advising, but they are welcome to do so voluntarily. Instructors are expected to honor Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community, to enact the program’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to work well with a diverse student population. Virginia Tech’s Composition Program provides instruction in ENGL1105: First-year Writing: Introduction to College Composition and ENGL1106: First-year Writing: Writing from Research to nearly 6,000 students each year.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must hold an M.A. or Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies (or a terminal degree in a related field in English Studies, provided the program of study included graduate-level coursework in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies) by August 2021; evidence of successful teaching; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

Significant experience teaching first-year writing.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

Review of applications will begin on Friday, May 14, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

Additional Information

Applications must be submitted electronically at, posting 515826 . Attach to the electronic application 1) a cover letter that addresses the qualifications for the position, 2) a resume or CV, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, and 4) a list of up to three professional references.

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

For more information, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Derek Mueller,

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Patricia Morse at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: April 22, 2021
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