Associate Professor, Director of Composition, Washington State University

Associate Professor and Director of Composition

The Department of English at Washington State University in Pullman—the flagship campus of a Carnegie RU/VH university—invites applications for an experienced and visionary Associate Professor in Rhetoric and Composition to serve as the Director of Composition (DOC), starting August 2019. This is a permanent, nine-month, full-time, tenure-track appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and benefits are competitive.

Job duties

As an associate professor, the successful applicant will be expected to conduct scholarly research leading to publication in areas of expertise; to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, pedagogy, and rhetoric; and to advise graduate and undergraduate students. In the DOC role the successful applicant will be responsible for all areas of the Composition Program at WSU Pullman. The DOC works closely with the Assistant Director of Composition to supervise and mentor graduate teaching assistants and instructors, design and facilitate professional development sessions, review curriculum, and conduct program assessment. The DOC also chairs the multi-campus Composition Committee and coordinates with the Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and other writing program administrators across the university’s multiple campuses. The DOC maintains a leadership role in coordinating and developing the Composition Program and outreach throughout the campus community.

Campus and Program Description

WSU is a land grant, multi-campus, state university. The DOC will serve on the Pullman campus, located in rural Eastern Washington on the traditional homelands of the Palus Band of Indians and the ceded lands of the Nez Perce Tribe. The DOC will join a large, interdisciplinary department consisting of scholars and teachers of literature, rhetoric and composition, English education, creative writing, linguistics, Women’s Studies, and Digital Technologies and Cultures. The department offers the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., as well as multiple undergraduate and graduate certificates in fields such as professional writing, scientific writing, teaching English as a second language, and digital humanities. The current Composition Program values sustained engagement with critical composition pedagogies to demonstrate our commitments to equity and access for historically underrepresented groups.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related area by the hire date;

  2. Evidence of productive research program in rhetoric and/or composition appropriate to projected rank and responsibilities;

  3. Evidence of successful classroom and individual teaching in rhetoric and/or composition;

  4. Evidence of ability to mentor students and teachers, including those from diverse backgrounds;

  5. Evidence of experience leading writing-related programs and initiatives

  6. Candidates for Associate Professor must have served at least 6 years as Assistant Professor or equivalent by the hire date.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Evidence of developing interdisciplinary relationships and programs;

  2. Evidence of commitment to retention and student-success initiatives;

  3. Evidence of successful graduate teaching and mentoring;

  4. Specialization in sub-fields including, but not limited to: critical pedagogies, assessment, anti-racist pedagogies, digital or multimodal composition, L2 writing/TESOL/Applied Linguistics, and/or cultural rhetorics;

  5. Experience as a Director of Composition or Writing Program Administrator.

Submission Requirements

Applicants should apply online through WSU Human Resources ( and be prepared to upload:

  1. A cover letter addressing research, teaching, and administrative qualifications and interests;

  2. Curriculum Vitae;

  3. Names and contact information of three (3) professional references able to provide a letter addressing qualifications relative to this position (submit under References during the application process). References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.

Direct Position Link:

Review of applications will begin December 7, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries via email to Dr. Julie Staggers (, Search Committee Chair.


WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or








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Job Title:

Full-Time Lecturer Positions in Writing (Multiple Positions)

Job ID:



John Jay College






Full/Part Time:             Full-Time






Regular/Temporary:    Regular







John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) led by President Karol V. Mason and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. John Jay is a federally-designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.  

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. John Jay College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

The English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY) invites applications for three full-time lecturer positions in Writing to begin September 2019. As a Majority-Minority Institution (MMI) and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in New York City, the College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our mission of educational justice for all students in our diverse community.

Successful candidates will join an award-winning writing program (CCCCs Certificate of Excellence 2013) and collaborate with an engaged full-time and adjunct writing faculty to play a crucial role in student academic success by designing and teaching courses in first-year writing as well as elective writing courses (such as professional and disciplinary writing). These new positions serve as a continued investment by the College to improve student contact with full-time faculty, especially during their first and second year. Student contact with experienced, enthusiastic pedagogues helps ensure that hundreds of students who flow through first-year courses each year will learn what they need to succeed in their studies at John Jay and beyond. 

Through student-centered pedagogy, innovative curriculum design, co-curricular programs and student mentoring, our First-Year Writing Program faculty contribute to the College’s improved first-year student retention, credit accumulation and academic success rates. In addition, our lecturer writing faculty often work with their faculty colleagues and program directors, such as Interdisciplinary Studies, the Honors Program, and Student Academic Success Programs, to design and implement specialized curriculum and/or co-curricular programs. Current lecturer faculty have also designed, developed, and supported successful literacy initiatives in podcasting, legal writing, and the First-Year Student Research Showcase, for example. All innovative and creative teachers of writing are encouraged to apply.


Bachelor's degree in area(s) of expertise, and the ability to teach successfully.

Candidates for Full-Time Lecturer in Writing Positions should have demonstrated ability in most of the following:

- Teaching students of diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic, and educational backgrounds 
- Theories and best practices of Composition and Rhetoric Studies
- Creative curriculum design in research-based academic writing at the post-secondary level
- Active, student-centered pedagogy and significant student mentoring experience
- Use of current technology as it supports teaching and learning
- Creative co-curricular literacy project design and implementation
- Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing Program Assessment

With this search, we are particularly looking for candidates that have the following specialized experience and demonstrated knowledge (applicants should speak directly to at least one of these specialties in their application materials):

Latinx and Minority Rhetorics: As an HSI, with a student body that is more than 40 percent Latinx, and as an MMI, lecturer faculty should have a strong understanding and experience of the literacy practices of Latinx students and students of color, as they work to engage, confront, and transgress the English-only dominated rhetoric of Academic Writing.

Disability Rhetorics: As a college committed to access and success for all students, lecturer faculty should have an understanding of the body normativity and disability labeling that goes critically unquestioned in the college writing classroom. Lecturer faculty should have demonstrated experience teaching to accessibility and accommodations for all students. 

Professional/Technical/Disciplinary Writing: With majors in Public Administration, Computer Science, and Forensic Accounting, for example, lecturer faculty should be able to teach and support discipline-specific writing classes that develop student literacy abilities and provide specific rhetorical knowledge in targeted fields. 

Digital Literacy and Rhetoric: Since all of our writing courses have a digital portfolio requirement, and given the importance of digital rhetoric knowledge in our students’ lives, lecturer faculty should have a strong focus on digital platforms, self-publishing, and multi-genre digital rhetoric style.

Job Requirements:

Teach a 27-hour course load: courses in the First-Year Writing sequence (English 101/201) are 4-credit hour courses, other courses are 3-credit hours. Taking on administrative or other college service positions with reassigned time attached can reduce the overall teaching obligation. Teaching will always include 4–5 First-Year Writing courses per academic year, with additional teaching of upper-level undergraduate writing courses as needed by the Department or College. 

Make a substantial contribution to the Writing Program at the College through participation in Writing Program assessment, curriculum design, faculty mentoring, faculty development, and creating, implementing, and assessing college-wide literacy initiatives. 

Participate as full faculty members of the English Department, the College and the University. Service may include serving on committees and contributing to projects and programs, especially those related to teaching and learning. 

- Master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition, Language and Literacy, TESOL, Linguistics, English Education, English, or equivalent field is required. Candidates with additional graduate coursework, or who are ABD, or hold a Ph.D. will be considered, although candidates should keep in mind that these positions do not require a scholarly/research/publishing agenda, nor do these positions provide the time or support for carrying one out. 

- At least three years of demonstrated, successful experience teaching Writing and Rhetoric at the college level. 

- Demonstrated experience with writing curriculum development, writing program assessment, digital writing platforms, and/or co-curricular literacy education initiatives.


Lecturer Faculty positions at CUNY are one-year renewable positions for five years, whereupon lecturer faculty may apply for the "tenure bearing (certificate of continuous employment) title used for full time members of the faculty who are hired to teach and perform related faculty functions, but do not have a research commitment." Please see the PSC CUNY contract for further contract language about Lecturer positions at CUNY.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


If you are viewing the job posting on John Jay College website or in CUNYfirst, please select the "Apply Now" button. If you are viewing the job posting on any other website, please follow the instructions below:

-Go to and click on "Employment"
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Once you have registered or logged in with your user name and password, please upload the following:

Applications should include the following: 

- A cover letter
- A curriculum vitae 
- Contact information for three references who are familiar with your teaching. 
- A teaching portfolio showcasing the following: 
    1. A statement of Teaching Philosophy.
    2. A sample syllabus from a writing course taught in the last two years.
    3. One sample assignment sequence from the writing course mentioned above.
    4. An example of responses to student writing from the same course.


Review of applications will begin November 20, 2018 and will continue until the closing date of January 12, 2019.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.