Teaching Assistant Professor – Professional Writing & Editing program

Teaching Assistant Professor – Professional & Technical Writing/Advising Specialist (Job Number: 00868)

 

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Description

The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor position beginning August 2016.  The successful candidate will teach in our undergraduate Professional Writing and Editing program and to assume significant student advising responsibilities. Required qualifications include: a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Technical or Professional Communication, Rhetoric and Writing, or a related field with preparation in technical writing; evidence of ability to develop, implement, and assess innovative recruitment and advising initiatives; and demonstrated excellence in teaching technical writing at the university level. Knowledge of and experience with student retention and career development are welcome, as is the ability to teach online.

Teaching Assistant Professors at WVU are eligible for promotion; however, promotion to senior ranks is not required for institutional commitment and career stability in a Teaching faculty appointment. There is no traditional research assignment.  Instead, teaching faculty are expected to support curricular goals and assessment processes including, in this position, evaluating and improving current advising practices. Appointments are renewable, with provision for up to three-year renewable terms, with no maximum number of terms. This position is a full-time nine-month appointment and includes full benefits. The teaching assignment is four courses each semester with one course each semester redefined for advising responsibilities, resulting in a 3-3 course load. Part-time summer advising is expected with additional compensation.

The Department of English has a faculty of 42 in creative writing, literature, socio-linguistics, and composition and rhetoric, and we offer a full range of academic programs (B.A., M.A., M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing, M.F.A., and Ph.D.)  West Virginia University is designated a “research-high activity” university with more than 30,000 students.  The city of Morgantown is often ranked among the best small cities in the United States.

To apply for this position, please visit jobs.wvu.edu and navigate to the position title listed above.  Upload a single PDF file with a letter of application, c.v., and contact information for references.  (We may request additional materials later.) The screening process will begin November 2, 2015.  For more information, please visit our website (www.english.wvu.edu) or contact the chair of the search committee (Brian.Ballentine@mail.wvu.edu

 

Qualifications

Required qualifications include: a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Technical or Professional Communication, Rhetoric and Writing, or a related field with preparation in technical writing; evidence of ability to develop, implement, and assess innovative recruitment and advising initiatives; and demonstrated excellence in teaching technical writing at the university level. Knowledge of and experience with student retention and career development are welcome, as is the ability to teach online.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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