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Assistant Professor, Composition and Rhetoric

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 9, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor, Composition and Rhetoric
Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Assistant Professor
Fall 2024

The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in Composition and Rhetoric with an appointment to begin Fall of 2024.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution, affirmative action, and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is firmly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

The English Department's Writing Program is committed to providing a curriculum that is inclusive and that will increase our demographic population of students in the major from marginalized communities.

CSUF is committed to retaining all faculty and has established affinity groups you can join to support your success.

We are seeking to hire a tenure-track faculty member with culturally diverse perspectives in Composition and Rhetoric. Areas of preferred emphasis include composition studies, strategies and methods for teaching writing, critical pedagogy, rhetorical theory, and writing program administration. Areas of preferred secondary emphasis include histories of rhetoric; decolonial rhetorics; ethnic rhetorics, which may include Native American and indigenous rhetorics, African American rhetorics, Asian and Pacific American rhetorics, and/or Chicanx and Latinx rhetorics; queer rhetorics; feminist or women's rhetorics; linguistics; literacy studies; digital/multimodal writing; social justice writing; writing across the curriculum; writing in the disciplines; professional and technical writing; comparative rhetorics; or civic rhetoric. The appointee will be expected to teach a range of courses on writing, language structure, and composition pedagogy at the upper division as well as the graduate (M.A.) levels, in addition to lower-division, introductory, and general education courses in the field of Composition and Rhetoric. The appointee will also develop courses in their specialties, particularly at the senior and graduate levels. Faculty generally teach 3 classes per semester. A reduced teaching load is provided for the first two years. The appointee should also be prepared to participate in the administration of department writing programs, such as writing center administration, TA training, and coordination of upper- and lower-level composition courses. Evidence of an active research program and high-quality teaching is required.

CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach include ENGL 101 Beginning College Writing, ENGL 301 Advanced College Writing, ENGL 307 Advanced College Writing in English Studies, ENGL 590 Writing Theory and Practice, and ENGL 402 Response Theories of Composition among other courses. This person will also be responsible for producing publications commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, and actively participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, English, or a related field is required by August 2024. ABDs must show evidence of degree completion prior to appointment.
  • Ability to balance teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Evidence of and/or potential for successful, high-quality teaching.
  • Active research program with demonstrated evidence of, or clear potential for, high-quality peer-reviewed publication.
  • Demonstrated advocacy for or experience working with communities historically underserved and marginalized by educational policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful professional experience working with Black/African American, Latinx, low-income, first-generation, or other underrepresented students.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Training and/or experience in composition pedagogy and teacher training, course coordination, writing center administration, and/or writing program administration.
  • Areas of preferred emphasis include composition studies, strategies and methods for teaching writing, critical pedagogy, rhetorical theory, writing program administration. Highly sought emphases include cultural rhetorics, Native American and Indigenous rhetorics, African American rhetorics, Chicanx and Latinx rhetorics, socio-linguistics and/or digital studies/multimodal writing, histories of rhetoric, decolonial rhetorics, Asian and Pacific American rhetorics, queer rhetorics, feminist or women's rhetorics, linguistics, social justice writing, writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, professional and technical writing, comparative rhetorics, or civic rhetoric.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated background in Composition and Rhetoric.
  • Potential for collegial participation in departmental, campus, and disciplinary communities.
  • Potential for collegial participation in administration of department writing programs.

    A complete online application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit, choose full-time faculty, search for the position 531632, and provide the following required materials: A complete application must be received by electronic submission to be considered.
  • Letter of interest in which you respond to the required qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample of no more than 25 pages
  • A brief statement addressing your past and/or potential commitment to diversity and equity through scholarship, teaching, and service. This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. This statement aims to help the department identify candidates with professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas. The statement shall address one or more of the following criteria:
  1. The candidate has acquired knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education.
  2. The candidate has experience in and is committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations in higher education.
  3. The candidate has experience in and is committed to teaching and/or mentoring underrepresented students in a higher education environment.
  4. The candidate has experience integrating underrepresented populations and communities into scholarly and creative activities.

  • A list of three references with relevant contact information
  • Finalists must submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You can verify that CSUF has received each letter by logging back into your applicant portal.

    Please direct all questions about the position to Dr. Irena Praitis, Chair of the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, at or call 657-278-2453.

    Application Deadline
    To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 7, 2023. The anticipated appointment date is August 2024.

    The College and Department
    The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics is one of nineteen departments housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at CSUF, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 38 minors, and 15 graduate degrees. The 20 departments and programs employ over 450 faculty and 50 staff members serving more than 7,500 students and annually awarding over 2,000 degrees. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions. Faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and individually mentored projects. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to the University's strategic plan objective to “increase the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, with a concentrated attention to those from historically underrepresented groups.” For more information about the college, please go to

    The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 monthly (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $6,690 to $6,790 per month.

    Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work (

    Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.

    CSUF Benefits
    An excellent comprehensive benefits package includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner, and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system and optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

    Additional Information
    Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

    CSU Policies
    The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and must comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

    Notice of Non-Discrimination based on Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (

    In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. It requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the State of California.

    To apply, visit jeid-b89f4d0aa5359f4d933877a5aaf2630b

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