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Assistant Professor of English – Rhetoric and Composition, specializing in work w/ at-risk students

Utah Tech University
St. George, Utah, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 19, 2023

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Position Announcement

The Department of English at Utah Tech University (UT), in the picturesque red-rock southwestern city of St. George, Utah, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of English, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition and specializing in working with at-risk students, to begin July 1, 2024. We are particularly interested in candidates who can draw upon their doctoral emphases in ways that complement both lower-division composition courses and our upper-division class offerings.

The English department offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in English with emphases in Creative Writing, English Education, Literary Studies, and Professional and Technical Writing, as well as minors in Creative Writing, English Education, General Education, and Professional and Technical Writing. The English Department also offers a Masters of Arts in Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric. Utah Tech is an open-enrollment institution, and the English department provides the university with traditional General Education composition courses as well as corequisite and developmental reading and writing courses designed to help at-risk students succeed. Additional information about the English department, its faculty, and programs is found online at .

  • Teach 24 semester hours in lower division, upper division, and graduate-level English courses—including traditional composition, corequisite composition, and developmental reading and writing—as needed by the department.
  • Teach lower division and upper division courses in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Lead the department’s efforts to serve at-risk students, including teaching, developing curriculum, assessing, and serving as lead instructor of English 1000: Reading and Writing for Academic Success.
  • Engage in scholarship relevant to the position at a level appropriate to a teaching university (both scholarship of discovery and scholarship of pedagogy are valued at UT).
  • Assist in curriculum creation in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as assigned and attend departmental, college, and university meetings as required.
  • Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the university’s mission, including:
    • Conduct student assessment.
    • Hold regular office hours.
    • Mentor part-time instructors.
    • Perform service for the college and university.
    • Participate in university and departmental student recruitment and retention initiatives.
    • Facilitate service learning and engagement with the community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition (or related field) by August 2024 from a regionally accredited institution required.
  • A demonstrated record of teaching, service, and scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition and working with at-risk students.
  • Ability to employ various communication and teaching technologies.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff and colleagues, both orally and in writing.
  • An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students.
Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2024, with pay and benefits starting July 1, 2024. Annual salary of $56,000 - $58,000 depending on qualifications & experience, with additional compensation available for optional summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, and undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents. See under 'Benefits Summary' for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins January 2, 2024 ; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement ( 1-2 pages about the candidate’s teaching or other professional experience dealing with a wide range of student academic preparedness ). Please upload all the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Utah Tech University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution, committed to exceptional student learning and success that has adopted an instructional approach of 'active learning. active life' and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, our university is located in picturesque southwestern Utah, approximately 120 miles north of Las Vegas. The area is renowned for its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about the University .

Utah Tech University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 250 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. We seek to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. Utah Tech University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of the University are fully committed to Affirmative Action within its employment programs and activities. Utah Tech does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or the University’s non-discrimination policies:
  • Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury - , HCC 579, 435-652-7747.
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Jennifer Larimore - , 435-652-7731.
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, , 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, , 303-844-5695.

The University provides key institutional information regarding Academics, Campus Safety, Student Services, Employment Laws, and other requirements per the Higher Education Act and other consumer information requirements to prospective students, students, UT employees, and prospective employees online at and .

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification.

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