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Faculty Position Opening -- Professor or Associate Professor of Writing Studies

Professor or Associate Professor of Writing Studies

The Department of Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, nine-month faculty position beginning fall semester 2009 (August 31, 2009). Appointment will be made at the rank of professor with tenure or associate professor with tenure, depending on qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

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Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, English, Technical Communication, or a related field, and at least six years experience in an academic position; record of scholarship and teaching that meets the criteria for tenure and appointment as professor or associate professor at the University of Minnesota; established reputation as scholar and teacher with significant and innovative research agenda and experience

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with and enthusiasm for providing scholarly leadership for writing studies as an emerging academic field; demonstrated ability to bring visibility to the department and its programs through a nationally recognized and ongoing research agenda; ability to contribute to the department's existing and developing undergraduate and graduate programs; demonstrated successful teaching at several levels; success in or potential for mentoring and advising graduate students. We seek the strongest candidate in writing studies regardless of sub-field; however, we have interest in the following areas: visual communication; digital literacies; technical communication; rhetoric and composition; medical or health writing. We are most strongly interested in a full professor but would consider an advanced associate professor whose record demonstrates the ability to be promoted to full professor within the year.

One of thirty departments in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, the Department of Writing Studies is the home of technical communication, first year writing, and the writing center. The department was created in 2007 and merged the faculty and programs from the former Department of Rhetoric, the first-year writing program, the writing centers, and colleagues across the university who specialize in the teaching of writing, broadly construed. The department currently offers a B.S. and M.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication, a post baccalaureate certificate in technical communication, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication.

Applicants must apply online. To be considered for a tenured position in Writing Studies, please see the Employment page of the College of Liberal Arts website http://cla.umn.edu/about/employment.html and follow instructions. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately; review of completed applications will begin on October 27, 2008. Position will remain open until filled.

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