VAP University of Texas at El Paso

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of English seeks applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies beginning Fall 2018. Primary responsibilities include teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Desired specialties include one or more of the following: digital and multimedia rhetoric, online pedagogies, research methodologies, history of rhetoric, multilingual writing, technical communication, and writing program administration. The successful candidate will join a thriving program with a Ph.D., an M.A., a graduate Technical and Professional Writing Certificate, an undergraduate Bilingual Writing Certificate, and a growing undergraduate/first-year program. This position is renewable for a second year pending funding.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or Rhetoric and Writing Studies in hand by September 1, 2018. Demonstrated teaching excellence, a strong publication record commensurate with experience, and a commitment to the success of a culturally and linguistically diverse student population.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit electronically a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, transcript, and 20+ page writing sample to Dr. Lucia Dura, Director of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, through Interfolio or by email at      

ABOUT UTEP & EL PASO: UTEP is a Carnegie high-research-activity, urban university in the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region committed to the ideals of access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls almost 24,000 students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic and an additional 5% from Mexico. It is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a student body that is a majority Mexican-American. UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities.

UTEP offers 72 bachelor’s, 74 master’s, and 21 doctoral programs – with more in development. UTEP’s $90 million in total annual research expenditures ranks the University third in the University of Texas system. UTEP faculty have expertise in a wide range of areas, which makes interdisciplinary collaboration possible. English Department faculty work with other faculty around topics as varied as bilingual education, literacy and language acquisition, border security and immigration, environmental resource management, health disparities and communicable diseases, international trade and commerce.  

El Paso is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and is the safest large city in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to engage in outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it one of the largest international communities in the world. El Paso comprises 248 square miles and is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest in the United States. 

El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, galleries, museums and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events. UTEP adds to this scene by offering exciting Division I athletic programs; award-winning theater, dance, and music programs; several art galleries and a museum; and continuing and lifelong education programs open to the public. The campus has recently undergone an environmentally conscious renovation for its centennial anniversary offers desert-scaped areas for the community to enjoy outdoor activities.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.

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