Assistant Professor - Professional Writing

Austin Peay State University
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary:

The Assistant Professor of Professional Writing will develop and teach courses in the subject for undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to teaching first year composition. We are looking for candidates with an active interest in the intersections of rhetoric, communication, and technology who can contribute to our technical writing concentration as well as our publishing and digital humanities courses.   Austin Peay State University offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, group life and long term disability insurance, flexible-spending accounts for health and dependent care, 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, employee assistance program, paid time off including parental leave, and tuition discounts and waivers for eligible employees and their family members.   Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Teach in one or more of the following areas: digital rhetoric, workplace writing, publishing, intercultural communication, information design;
  •   Expertise in areas such as public writing, grant writing, digital publishing, and professional editing;
  • Our ideal candidate will be an outstanding scholar and teacher with a background in professional writing and teaching experience in core undergraduate classes; a passion for undergraduate teaching; experience in teaching students of diverse backgrounds; and the ability to work well with faculty across the university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Be willing to adopt innovative teaching methods and delivery as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement evaluation and assessment techniques that are appropriate for each course.
  • Use multiple measures to assess student learning on a regular basis and provide frequent feedback to students relative to their performance.
  • Possess the knowledge, talents and skills in the discipline to promote effective teaching.
  • Demonstrate respect for the diverse learning needs of students.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement curriculum objectives and content for courses offered and taught in one’s curriculum area.
  • Demand and maintain high standards and expectations for all students.
  • Implement teaching activities and a diversity of teaching techniques, procedures, and resources including application of technology.
  • Possess the knowledge, talents and skills in the discipline to promote effective teaching.
  • Demonstrate ability to incorporate diverse perspectives into teaching and scholarship.
  • Serve effectively on committees and other appropriate functions that assist in University governance.
  • Be available and knowledgeable and demonstrate proficiency in the practice of academic advisement of students.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. with emphasis in Professional or Technical Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, or a related field. Degree must be awarded from accredited institution by July 2022. ABD applicants will be considered if degree requirements are completed before the date of hire (August 1, 2022).  
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience. 
  • Documented evidence of excellence in teaching.
  • Documented record of research/publication in the field of professional writing.
  •  Experience teaching students how to use current software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Technical Communication Suite, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop, preferably across platforms.
  • Candidates with a demonstrated ability to incorporate diverse perspectives into teaching and scholarship preferred.
  • Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Evidence of good character, mature attitude, and professional integrity.
  • A background search will be required of the successful applicant.

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