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Assistant Professor - English (Rhetoric and Composition)

Austin Peay State University
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition / Writing Studies who will teach classes in the discipline and serve as the Writing Program Administrator for First-Year Writing. 

The First-Year Writing Director will provide vision and leadership for all initiatives related to the first-year writing program, including establishing a FYW Mission and Vision and overseeing the Enhanced FYW program. The Director will be responsible for developing curriculum grounded in best practices and participating in general education assessment. The Director will also provide leadership for all sections of the first-year writing sequence including mentoring adjunct faculty and working effectively with constituencies across the college such as the Writing Center and Distance Education. The Director will organize, lead, or co-lead pedagogy workshops and work with faculty to develop and revise first-year writing courses and programmatic goals for both online and traditional classroom spaces. 

Austin Peay State University is a four-year public, doctoral-level university, with six colleges and four Chairs of Excellence. The university has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, a community of an estimated 150,287 people located approximately 40 miles northwest of Nashville, TN.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The typical teaching load for APSU faculty is 4/4, but the First Year Writing Director will have a reduced teaching load commensurate with administrative duties. 
  • Provides leadership, strategic vision, and innovation in design of the First-Year Writing program. 
  • Mentor and observe non-tenure-track faculty teaching first-year writing;
  • Participate in General Education assessment process with Institutional Effectiveness;
  • Conduct appropriate research and scholarly/creative activity within the discipline. 
  • Be available and knowledgeable and demonstrate proficiency in the practice of academic advisement of students.
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development and growth by being suitably active in professional and community service.
  • Exhibit motivation and initiative in keeping up-to-date and current in one’s curriculum area by reading/reviewing current scholarly or creative works in their field and by attending conferences, seminars, workshops, courses, and development activities sponsored by the University.
  • Serve effectively on committees and other appropriate functions that assist in University governance.
  • A background check will be required of the successful applicant.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience teaching a diverse student population, particularly first-year and first-generation college students and a commitment to employing innovative best practices for FYW. 
  • The English department is developing a new concentration in professional and technical writing that may benefit from the expertise of the successful candidate.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications 
  • A PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or related field from an accredited institution by July 2022.
  • Experience with writing program administration.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in rhetoric and composition.
  • Documented record of research in the fields of rhetoric and composition, writing program administration (WPA), writing across the curriculum (WAC), writing in the disciplines (WID) or related areas. 
  • Experience working effectively with diverse student populations.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience coordinating first-year composition
  • Experience training new teaching assistants
  • Expertise in writing program assessment
  • Experience teaching first-generation college students

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