The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Writing Studies and Rhetoric and Composition beginning September 16th, 2024. We seek candidates who can contribute in inventive ways to the department’s writing studies courses and our professional writing, literacy, and rhetoric minor, and who have demonstrated scholarly and pedagogical knowledge in the broad area of Rhetoric and Composition as it pertains to writing program administration, technical/professional writing, cultural rhetorics, and the literacies of diverse student populations.

The successful candidate will have the departmental standard 2-2-2 quarter teaching assignment, which will be comprised of specialty courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise at the undergraduate and M.A. levels, as well as general education courses and other courses depending on the candidate’s interests and departmental needs. When a candidate serves as Director of Composition/WPA, they will have a 1-1-1 quarter teaching assignment.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or ABD at time of application in Rhetoric and Composition, English, or a related field. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment (e.g., for a September 2024 start date, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15, 2025).
  • Demonstrated experience and excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Demonstrated potential for strong research and publication in relevant fields
  • Evidence of potential for success and interest in serving as the Director of the First Year Writing Program (WPA)
  • Strong expertise in at least one of the following: professional and technical writing, public rhetorics, digital literacies, science writing/rhetorics, cultural rhetorics
  • Experience cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities, literacies, and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to writing studies pedagogies, curriculum, and program development
  • Secondary area of expertise (for instance, in critical rhetorics of race, indigenous/First Nations/Native American rhetorics, 2SLGBTQIA+ rhetorics, feminisms, Dis/Ability and embodied rhetorics, or institutional/organizational critique)
  • Demonstrated achievements in the areas of culturally responsive teaching and anti-racist pedagogy
  • Demonstrated use of social and emerging media to create engaging and accessible writing assignments, methods of instruction, student-centered interaction, and scholarship.

Application Instructions

To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s Work at Western portal. Candidates should upload a letter of application that specifically addresses the required and preferred qualifications, CV, graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information of three references of whom we may request letters of recommendation. Materials should clearly evidence how the applicant’s experience (academic or non-academic) has prepared them to effectively teach Western’s increasingly diverse student body.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 126 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); [email protected]