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English Department seeks Assistant/Associate Professor in Writing Studies

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks a full-time, tenure-track Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor in Writing Studies or related field to serve in the role of First-Year Writing Director, effective August 1, 2014. Writing program roles in the department are rotating, 3-year, renewable terms; this candidate will join a vibrant writing program team.

Teaching duties: 2/2 with 1 course release while WPA. Courses include a graduate teaching seminar, undergraduate- and graduate-level rhetoric and writing classes. Administrative duties: lead a First-Year Writing Program as part of a vertical writing curriculum, collaborate with Upper-Division Writing and Writing Center Directors; provide research-supported vision for program changes; prepare new GTAs; plan and conduct professional development workshops; lead and report on program portfolio assessment; chair the First-year Writing Committee; and oversee day-to-day operations. The successful candidate will advise undergraduate, MA, and PhD students and serve on thesis and dissertation committees. The WPA must expand an existing scholarly agenda through presentations and publications.

Minimum qualifications:

● PhD in Writing Studies or a related field

● college teaching experience

● existing scholarly record

● ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

Preferred qualifications:

● experience running a writing program or similar leadership

● research record in one or more of the following: underrepresented and/or global rhetorics, English Education, linguistics, assessment, WAC/WID, history of rhetoric, cultural studies, and digital rhetorics/humanities

We seek diverse and innovative thinkers and recognize a wide range of scholarly activities in our tenure and promotion process. North Dakota State University is an EO/AA Employer, an NSF ADVANCE institution and Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution. This position is exempt from North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Please send cover letter and CV to search chair, Amy Rupiper Taggart, via Online Employment System  For first consideration please submit materials by 29 November.

The Program

The First-Year Writing program provides rhetoric-based, genre-focused writing and inquiry courses that challenge students to move beyond writing at the high school level. First-year writing courses also prepare students for advanced writing courses in the Upper-Division Writing program, as shared program outcomes create a vertically integrated curriculum. First-year writing course content and assignments require students to communicate effectively in a variety of genres for different audiences, purposes, and situations, as well as integrate knowledge in a coherent, meaningful manner. First-year writing courses place particular emphasis on genre/rhetorical awareness, critical literacy, collaboration, and research methodology. First-year writing courses include: English 100 (Lab), 110, 112, 120, and 122.


The Department

The English department offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in English as well as a B.A. and a B.S. in English education. Minors are available in literature and writing studies. The Department of English offers a doctorate in English with emphases in rhetoric, writing, and culture, and a Master of Arts degree in English with emphases in literature and writing studies. Our faculty represent a range of specialization: writing, rhetoric, American and British literature and Linguistics.

The University

As the state's Morrill Act land-grant institution, NDSU has enjoyed remarkable growth and success and now boasts over 14,000 students learning from a faculty engaged in a wide range of scholarly activities and service opportunities. The university boasts a number of nationally-ranked programs and recently achieved the elite “Research University/Very High Research” designation from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

NDSU is an NSF ADVANCE institution and strives to be leader in equity, diversity, and global outreach activities in the state and region. The institution has a dual-career policy and we attempt to accommodate dual career couples when made aware of need.


The Community

With more than 200,000 people in the metro area on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, Fargo-Moorhead is among the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The metro area’s quality of life and economic opportunity have been recognized by organizations that include Money Magazine, the American Planning Association, and the CQ Press (see Gallup-Healthways also recently ranked North Dakota second in the country in resident well-being. The state’s budget surpluses and consistently low unemployment add to the high quality of life. Among the other factors contributing to Fargo-Moorhead’s reputation are excellent educational opportunities from pre-school through college, advanced medical technologies, a progressive business community, cultural and arts opportunities, a clean environment, and friendly residents.

The following links offer more information on the FM community:

City of Fargo

City of Fargo Awards and Recognitions

Downtown Fargo

Fargo-Moorhead Visitor & Travel Information




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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 9:41:02 AM