First-Year Writing Positions at Michigan State University

Contingent on funding and need, the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures seeks to fill up to five possible openings for the following position:

Full-time assistant professor, fixed-term; initial appointment for one year. Subsequent appointment contingent on positive annual review, funding, and staffing needs. Starts August 16, 2012. PhD in an area of composition, literacy education, or writing studies, and demonstrated commitment to first-year writing. We particularly seek candidates with prior teaching experience or background in developmental writing and in college composition for multilingual language learners, including TESOL. We are also interested candidates with an area in Linguistics and/or Discourse Studies to contribute to ELL Writing and teach an occasional Introduction to Language Studies course for English Education undergraduates.

The First-Year Writing Program includes a developmental writing course and a set of thematically-focused 4-credit courses each of which satisfies the first-year general education writing requirement. Three emphases inform the program: cultural literacy practices, multimodal literacies, and writing as rhetorically and culturally situated. The department has shared learning outcomes for writing, reading, and research ( Teach three courses per semester. Ongoing professional development and contribution to program initiatives expected; participation in professional conferences relevant to the appointment preferred.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site Applications should include a statement of interest in this position describing qualifications and experience and a current curriculum vitae. Julie Lindquist, search committee chair, may be contacted at or at 517-355-2400. Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2012, and will continue until positions are filled.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.