Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Univ of Washington Tacoma

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 12:00am to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition  


The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period.


We seek an interdisciplinary, intellectually expansive, community-engaged Rhetoric and Composition scholar with a strong research agenda and demonstrated success in teaching to diverse student populations.

The successful candidate will be an experienced teacher of rhetoric and composition with a portfolio that includes first year composition.

The candidate should demonstrate critical approaches to pedagogy and scholarship to critique dominant discourses. The successful candidates will be expected to teach existing courses at the undergraduate and master’s level and develop new courses in their area of specialization that contribute to starting a new rhetoric and composition track for a thriving writing studies major. Interest in assessment, multiple classroom literacies, or program administration is welcome.

The University of Washington Tacoma supports candidates who work collaboratively to increase student engagement and achievement, mentor undergraduate and graduate research for conferences and publishing, develop study abroad courses and international teaching and research projects, and form mutually beneficial community partnerships.

The position begins September 16, 2019, and at the time of appointment requires an earned Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Rhetoric and Composition or closely related field. Rhetoric and composition publications in hand desired.  Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation will be appointed on an acting basis.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its core. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth within our campus and broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

To apply, please submit:

1.      Letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a description of research projects underway, and teaching experience. This letter should detail how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, disability and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their scholarship will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity;

2.      Detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught,

3.      Statement of teaching philosophy. Maximum length: 500 words

4.      Article-length writing sample.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit evidence of teaching effectiveness and three references.

Our university strategic plan foregrounds our commitment to access in all of its forms. With this in mind, we affirm our commitment to value diverse experiences and perspectives and to strive to fully include everyone who engages with the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. One critical feature of this commitment is accessible technology. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible, therefore, all applicants should use the UW Accessibility Technology Guidelines  to create any application materials that will be considered by the committee.

Submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin February 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications may not be considered. For further information or any accessibility problems in uploading the application, e-mail Dr. Riki Thompson, search chair, at

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.


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