Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric (Literacy Studies)/ Assistant Director of Composition at UCF
The University of Central Florida (UCF Department of Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to
invite applications for an assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric with expertise in
literacy studies, especially specializations in multilingual literacy, community literacy,
and/or language policy. The successful applicant would serve as assistant director of
First-Year Composition (which is an internal university title), assisting the director of
Composition with curriculum development, assessment, and GTA training, and would be
expected to rotate into the director position after tenure (an internal university title).
Our department is committed to fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, and we
therefore seek candidates who can help us advance these goals through their teaching,
scholarly work, and/or outreach. We are especially interested in applicants whose work can
engage underserved cultures, communities, and students.
This position is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track academic appointment. Normal
teaching load for assistant professors is a 3/2 teaching load, and course releases are
available for administrative responsibilities. The selected candidate will teach upper-level
courses such as Writing for Social Change, Writing with Communities and Nonprofits,
Writing across Difference, and Professional Lives and Literacy Practices among others, as
well as graduate courses in the department’s M.A. in Writing and Rhetoric, such as
Community Literacy. The candidate may also contribute to our undergraduate major by
strengthening our internship, undergraduate research, and/or service-learning offerings.
There are also opportunities to teach honors courses, first-year composition, and fully online
or hybrid courses based on the department’s need and the candidate’s interests. Summer
teaching opportunities are typically available. Our department’s faculty are supported by a
wide range of networking and development opportunities, including those offered by the
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Center for Success of Women Faculty, Center
for Distributed Learning, research grant programs, and department- and college-level
mentoring programs. The position will begin in August 2017.
The Department of Writing and Rhetoric is an award-winning, vibrant, and independent
department that includes 5 tenure-earning faculty members, 7 tenured faculty members, and
31 full-time instructors. Our vertical writing curriculum includes a Writing and Rhetoric
bachelor’s degree (the first of its kind in Florida), an undergraduate minor and certificate in
public and professional writing, an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition, and a graduate
certificate in professional writing. We also house a thriving University Writing Center,
Writing Across the Curriculum program, and First-Year Composition program. Our
department is nationally known for its commitment to Writing about Writing pedagogy, and
our first-year composition program won the CCCC Certificate of Excellence in 2013. Our
faculty have helped developed partnership and learning opportunities through a diverse
range of university and outreach programs, including TRIO program mentoring, LGBTQ+
alliance mentoring, undergraduate research, integrative learning, multilingual tutoring,
service-learning and community-based learning, and community/state college outreach.
The nation’s second largest university, UCF is a metropolitan research institution and
America’s Partnership University, having achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest
classifications for research activity and community engagement. UCF is remarkably
diverse—of our 63,000 students, 43 percent are minorities, 22.5 percent are Hispanic, and a
sizable percentage are multilingual and first-generation students. Central Florida is similarly
one of the nation’s fastest-growing and diverse metropolitan areas, home of The City
Beautiful and a variety of cultural and natural attractions.
- Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a related field from an accredited institution by start date.
- Graduate training and/or other demonstrable expertise in some area(s) of literacy studies.
- Experience teaching college-level writing courses, with an interest in and ability to teach upper-division and/or graduate-level courses in the field.
- Interest in serving as the assistant director (an internal university title) of a large and award-winning first-year writing program.
- • Developing a scholarly agenda in Rhetoric and Composition and particularly in literacy studies, with a specialization in multilingual literacy, community literacy, and/or language policy.
- Demonstrated interest in teaching and mentoring a diverse student body and in teaching issues of difference and intersectionality, including those around race, ethnicity, disability, gender, and/or sexuality.
- Demonstrated interest in creating and strengthening opportunities for community-based learning and/or service-learning.
- Experience assisting with program administration, design, or development.
Applicants for this position will NOT automatically be considered for position number
32721 and must apply for that position separately if interested.
Required Application Materials
The university requires that all applicants apply online at www.jobswithucf.com. In addition
to the online application, applicants must also submit the following additional documents:
1. Cover letter that outlines their qualifications for the position,
2. Curriculum Vitae,
3. Teaching philosophy,
4. Vision statement for administrative work in a First-Year Writing program,
5. Research agenda of no more than 2 pages,
6. Writing sample of no more than 30 pages or a URL for digital scholarship, and
7. A list of three professional references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).
The selected candidate will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official
transcripts. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype or telephone, not at MLA.
Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time.
Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to
submit additional documents at a later date.
Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2016. Candidates will not be
considered until all of the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for
ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly. Completed applications will be
accepted for consideration until December 1, 2016; but no materials can be accepted after
For more information about the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, visit
http://writingandrhetoric.cah.ucf.edu/. For questions regarding this search, contact Laurie A.
Pinkert, search committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are
encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with
disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and
selection procedures available to the public upon request.