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Associate Professor of English/Associate Chair of Writing Studies

Old Dominion University
Virginia, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 4, 2018

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Old Dominion University invites applications for an Associate Professor of English with a specialization in composition and rhetoric to serve as Associate Chair of Writing Studies in the Department of English to begin January 2019.  We seek a teacher/scholar who will provide leadership, coordination, and vision for all aspects of the English Department’s Writing Program: its Writing Center, General Education Writing and Literature Program, and the Writing for College Success Program.  Staff will include a Writing Program Administrator who currently oversees our two-tiered composition requirement and manages all the part-time faculty who teach general education courses in English, a Writing Center Director who oversees the tutoring of students from across the University and trains/supervises tutors, a Writing for College Success Director who oversees the administration of the writing sample placement tests required for all incoming students, and who recruits/trains instructors for our developmental writing classes.

The position requires a Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric or a closely related field, a strong publication record and research program meriting appointment as an Associate Professor with tenure, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, proven accomplishment in writing program and/or writing center administration. The Associate Chair of Writing Studies will teach a 1/1 course load per academic year; courses may range from first-year writing to doctoral courses in composition pedagogy or qualitative research methods. 

The successful applicant will commit to an initial three-year term (renewable) to serve as Associate Chair of Writing Studies, with an additional stipend for required summer administration. ODU offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of administrative philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to  Application review will begin on August 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Campus interviews are planned for September.

Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. The English Department is the largest department in the College of Arts and Letters, with a six-track undergraduate major and four graduate programs, including a Ph.D. program with strengths in rhetoric and writing studies. 

Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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