Assistant Professor of English - English Education (Western Washington University)

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The Department of English at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning September 16, 2022. This is a position in English Education with an emphasis in Composition. The successful candidate will offer instruction to pre-service secondary English education students in the teaching of writing and contribute to the department's professional writing, literacies, and rhetoric minor.

Position Responsibilities: Standard quarter system teaching assignment (currently 2-2-2), with specialty courses at the undergraduate and Master’s levels; general education courses and other courses depending on the candidate’s interests and departmental needs; exemplary teaching, including fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students; a rigorous program of scholarly activity; service to the department through a range of activities including advising and contributions to the development of programs and curricula.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in English or a related field with an emphasis in English education, at time of application or ABD at time of application (degree must be completed by June 15, 2023).
  • Middle or high school teaching experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Potential for strong scholarship and publication in fields such as writing, rhetoric, language, literacy studies, and/or writing pedagogy at the secondary and college level
  • Ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching in middle or high school in the last five years
  • Experience in teaching a range of writing genres such as digital and multimodal genres of writing, inquiry and research writing, public and professional writing, anti-racist writing assessment and pedagogy, first year composition and rhetoric for high school students
  • Demonstrated achievements in the areas of culturally responsive teaching, anti-racist pedagogy, and social justice-oriented writing instruction
  • Demonstrable secondary areas of expertise such as ELL, multilingualism, and/or language variation
  • Relevant professional development work in the schools and/or community
  • Experience with and/or interest in establishing a local chapter of the National Writing Project

Application Instructions

To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s Work at Western portal.

Candidates should upload a letter of application that specifically addresses the required and preferred qualifications, CV, graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information of three references of whom we may request letters of recommendation. Application materials should clearly evidence how the applicant’s experience (academic or non-academic) has prepared them to effectively teach Western’s increasingly diverse student body. 

Closing Date Notes Screening interviews will be arranged as video conferences in mid- to late-winter. For priority consideration, applications should be received by January 14, 2022. Finalist interviews will be conducted on campus; position open until filled.


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