Endowed Professorship—Roy Pearce Professor of Professional Communication

Clemson University: College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities: English


Clemson University's English Department seeks an outstanding scholar and teacher at the associate or full professor rank for an endowed professorship, the Roy Pearce Professor of Professional Communication. With a well-established and active research agenda, the Pearce Professor will inspire innovative and engaged critical inquiry, articulate the need for and value of public rhetorics, mentor junior faculty and students, and provide vision and leadership in support of various curricular and institutional programs, including a robust professional writing curriculum at the BA level, MA programs in Writing, Rhetoric, and Media (MAWRM) and English (MAE), as well as an interdisciplinary PhD in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID). The Pearce Professor will also work closely with the Pearce Center for Professional Communication and the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication to advance Clemson’s highly regarded communication across the curriculum initiatives.

The Pearce Professor receives a salary supplement to foster promising research, teaching, or service activities related to professional communication and a reduced teaching load to provide time for advancing the mission of the Pearce Center and developing innovative learning initiatives in local, national, and international contexts.


The successful candidate will have a nationally or internationally recognized research profile in any area of professional communication including but not limited to rhetorics of social justice, rhetoric and ethics, feminist rhetorics, rhetorics of race and empire, technical and scientific writing, rhetoric and composition, universal or UX design, and professional communication in global contexts. We are seeking a colleague who can complement and extend the research interests of a core faculty with excellence in rhetorical theory, technical writing, visual and digital rhetorics, game theory, public memory, feminist rhetorics, digital and print publishing, identity rhetorics, new media, entrepreneurship, the history and rhetorics of science, film rhetorics, and more. In addition to scholarly achievement, the successful candidate will demonstrate dedication to inclusive excellence in higher education, have a record of mentoring diverse faculty and students, and appreciate the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and teaching.

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit an application letter, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Your letter should outline your experiences in and vision for professional communication, specifically addressing how your research program and teaching experience complement and expand the scope and value of professional communication at Clemson; describe how your work can help attract and retain high quality students and faculty, as well as engage broader publics; and provide evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Applications will be accepted until 15 November 2018 or until the position is filled. Materials should be submitted through Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/56734
Queries: David Blakesley (dblakes@clemson.edu), Search Committee Chair, Department of English, 801 Strode Tower, Clemson, SC 29634

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.