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Director of Composition; Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Employer
Auburn University at Montgomery
Location
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 12, 2024

Posting Details

Position Information

Vacancy Number:
F-00395

Position Title:
Director of Composition; Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Classification Title:
Faculty

Department:
English and Philosophy

Employment Type:
Full-Time

Special Instructions to Applicant:

The Department of English and Philosophy at Auburn University at Montgomery ( AUM ) invites applications for a tenured, full-time associate professor (or above) to serve as the Director of Composition. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related field and are expected to have previous experience in a leadership role in writing program administration. Candidates should have scholarly expertise in writing studies (broadly construed) as well as significant experience teaching both first-year and advanced writing courses. Candidates will have opportunities to contribute to areas of future growth in the department through work in digital rhetorics and new media, digital humanities, and professional and technical writing. The Director of Composition role is a full-time, 12-month appointment with a course load of four courses per academic year.

We seek an individual with demonstrated evidence of:
  • academic administrative experience;
  • strengths in undergraduate and graduate teaching, including online teaching;
  • excellence in scholarship and research;
  • a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion; and
  • excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences.
The Director of Composition serves as the senior writing program administrator in the Department of English and Philosophy at Auburn University at Montgomery. They work with the Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy and the Associate Director of Composition to create, maintain, and enhance the quality of first-year writing programs at the university.

The primary responsibilities of the Director of Composition include:
  • regularly teaching courses within the first-year writing sequence;
  • overseeing curriculum implementation and development within the composition program;
  • assisting with ongoing assessment of first-year writing courses and the composition program;
  • organizing professional development for the composition program and mentoring faculty, especially graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), adjunct instructors, and lecturers;
  • consulting with the Chair of the Department concerning scheduling and staffing assignments; and
  • working with the Chair of the Department to promote the composition program at the university.
To Apply:
Please complete an online application at https://www.jobs.aum.edu/postings/6612 and upload
  • curriculum vitae,
  • cover letter,
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • statement of research agenda
  • statement on academic leadership philosophy
  • transcripts (official transcripts will be required at time of hire), and
  • professional references sheet
Review of applications will begin as received with priority given to applications received by February 23, 2024. While the position will remain open until filled, AUM reserves the right to stop accepting applications once interviewing has begun.

Auburn University at Montgomery is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity; therefore, we encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates are expected to have experience commensurate to appointment at the rank of associate professor with tenure. Additionally, they should possess previous experience in a leadership role in writing program administration. Candidates should have scholarly expertise in writing studies (broadly construed) as well as significant experience teaching both first-year and advanced writing courses. Candidates will have opportunities to contribute to areas of future growth in the department through work in digital rhetorics and new media, digital humanities, and professional and technical writing.

Job Open Date:
01/12/2024

Job Close Date:

Quick Link
https://www.jobs.aum.edu/postings/6612

Position Profile Link

Faculty Specific

School:
College of Arts and Sciences

Contract Type:
Twelve (12) Months

Tenure Track:
Yes

Salary Band:
N/A

About the University/College

AUM is the metropolitan campus of Auburn University with approximately 5,000 students and 200 faculty in five academic colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences, Sciences, Business, and Education. Located in the state capital, AUM serves a diverse, minority-majority student body that includes traditional and non-traditional students. Montgomery offers diverse cultural and recreational opportunities including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, world-class museums, Civil Rights Memorial, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a ballet company, a natural habitat zoo, a chamber music society, a community symphony and chorale, an independent film theater, and the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team. Further, Montgomery is the home of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Equal Justice Initiative.

The Department of English and Philosophy is an interdisciplinary community of 21 full-time faculty who value and promote the study of literature, rhetoric and composition, professional and technical writing, creative writing, digital humanities, and philosophy. Our course offerings form the foundation of the university’s core curriculum and are integral to the success of all AUM students. We offer an undergraduate major in English as well as three minors: Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, and Philosophy. We also offer an undergraduate certificate in Professional and Technical Writing, with a distinctive focus on community-engaged projects. We are actively seeking to expand our initiatives in digital humanities and creative writing. The department regularly engages students in both curricular and co-curricular activities. It has three student groups: the English Club, the Creative Writing Club, and Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society. Departmental faculty and majors oversee the production of Common Thread, AUM’s student literary and creative arts magazine.

Additionally, the department hosts Poetica, a forum in which students share their creative writing. Faculty and students work together to publish Thirteen Bridges Review, a professional literary magazine that publishes poetry and short fiction.

We are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. And we strive to build and sustain an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions. Prospective candidates will help further the institutional goals of promoting equity, diversity, and inclusivity. The department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research
  5. Statement on Leadership Philosophy
  6. Transcript(s)
  7. Professional Reference Sheet
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Transcript(s)
  2. Additional Supporting Documents
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