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Assistant Professor of English

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 1, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of English

Job no: 532071

Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Foreign Languages/Linguistics, Journalism/Communication, English, Instruction

Department: Department of English
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

November 15, 2023, first consideration, open until filled

Required Application Materials

Application Materials: Candidates are asked to apply at and to submit the following materials, which may be packaged into a single PDF or submitted as individual documents:

  • Application letter of approximately 2 single-spaced pages that demonstrates qualifications, current and future research trajectories, teaching experience, and other relevant information
  • Curriculum vitae, including the names of three references
  • Research or writing sample, which might be an article-length piece of writing or a link to access a digital project online
  • As part of the application process, applicants seeking faculty positions at the University of Oregon are required to submit a statement about their past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers. For this position, the search committee asks for a statement (maximum of approximately 1 single-spaced page) that demonstrates experience and a track record (commensurate to career stage) of activities that reduce barriers in education or research for underrepresented minority students and faculty

    Applicants selected for interviews may be asked for teaching portfolios and contact information (or confidential document delivery links) for three references.

    Position Announcement

    The University of Oregon's Department of English invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Digital Rhetoric to begin on September 16, 2024. The successful candidate will have a PhD in English, Rhetoric, Communications, or a related interdisciplinary field. The new faculty member will join an energetic intellectual community with an established reputation in Rhetoric and Composition and emerging strengths in Digital Humanities.
    Research agendas might include:

  • Digital folklore and storytelling; social media; virality; conspiracy theories; digital poetics
  • Intersections of Feminist, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, disability, and/or queer and trans digital rhetorics, ethics, and justice
  • Digital cultural rhetorics; participatory culture; political and/or activist discourse digital environments
  • Rhetorics of data and information sciences; data visualization; rhetorics of technology; quantification; critical code studies; networked rhetorics; machine learning and algorithmic culture
  • Embodied and cyborg rhetorics; posthuman and other-than-human rhetorics; AI rhetorics
  • Digital pedagogies; information literacies; multimodal composition; new media writing and rhetoric
  • Immersion, interaction, and play; ludology; digital games

    The new specialist in Digital Rhetoric will help strengthen and expand the English Department's core commitment to the teaching of writing, both in the English Department's undergraduate degree programs, which include the interdisciplinary minor in Writing, Speaking, and Critical Reasoning, and the Composition Program's leadership of writing across the curriculum through its introductory writing sequence. The candidate will teach undergraduate ENG classes at the lower and upper divisions; a list of ENG classes is available here, and classes could include ENG 200, 209, 250, 330, 335, 413, 420, 470, 486M, 491, 492, 493, and 494. The candidate will also teach graduate-level courses for the structured emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, a core part of the English department's Ph.D. curriculum, and will have the opportunity to contribute to the transdisciplinary graduate New Media and Culture Certificate

    We seek candidates who can build on UO's excellence in digital humanities research methodologies and expand the study of twenty-first-century rhetorics on our campus.

    We actively welcome applicants from communities historically marginalized and currently underrepresented in the academy.

    Department or Program Summary

    Our faculty work in close collaboration with Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) DSS is staffed by campus and national leaders in digital librarianship who have won grants from and helmed projects sponsored by the NEH, the IMLS, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. DSS also operates the DREAM (Digital Research, Education, Arts, and Media) Lab, a physical space within Knight Library for faculty and graduate students to collaborate, host events, and build community around digital research methods and projects.

    Recognizing that digital information literacies are increasingly vital to student success and career readiness, UO is promoting digital pedagogy across the curriculum. The English Department is home to an interdisciplinary minor in Digital Humanities, for which the new hire might teach and develop courses in new media, digital culture, and twenty-first-century rhetorics. In 2023, the School of Computer and Data Sciences will also launch a new emphasis domain Cultural Analytics, which allows students to leverage their data-driven skills in courses from several humanities departments.

    Candidates can expect to teach 5 courses per year across three 11-week quarters; introductory, mid-level, and advanced undergraduate, as well as graduate-level seminars, with options to teach in summer courses. Expectations of teaching include mentorship of MA and Ph.D. students and directing undergraduate and graduate theses. We especially encourage applicants committed to coursework that encourages undergraduate inquiry and research, supports graduate research and professional development, and speaks to diverse student populations. The department has an established mentorship program and mentorship resources are also available from the Office of the Provost for faculty at all stages of their career.

    Minimum Requirements

  • PhD at the time of appointment in English; Rhetoric; Communications; or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated record of or potential for publication.
  • Evidence of an active research agenda grounded in Digital Rhetoric.

    Preferred Qualifications

    About the University

    The University of Oregon is situated on the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya People, the First Peoples of the Willamette Valley, whose descendants are now citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. One of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, the UO holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body, as well as campus-wide efforts to build a welcoming, inclusive community. The UO's beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 173,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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