Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor - Writing

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

United States

February 26, 2022

Description

JOB TITLE

Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor - Writing

LOCATION

Worcester

DEPARTMENT NAME

Humanities & Arts Department

DIVISION NAME

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY

The Department of Humanities and Arts and the Professional Writing program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invite applications for a Teaching Professor of Writing & Rhetoric (non-tenure track) at the rank of Assistant or Associate to begin August 2022. The Teaching Professor track at WPI is a full-time faculty position and affords the possibility of reappointment and promotion.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Qualified applicants will hold a PhD in Composition & Rhetoric, Writing Studies, or closely related field by start date. The position requires teaching the equivalent of 8 courses per year (this amounts to 2 courses per term since our 9-month academic year is split into four 7-week-long terms). Primary responsibilities involve teaching existing courses targeted at first- and second-year students (e.g., our offerings named Elements of Writing, Writing About Science and Technology, and Introduction to Rhetoric). The appointee will have opportunities to develop advanced undergraduate courses in their area of expertise and should be prepared to advise Professional Writing majors on their course planning and senior-thesis projects. There may also be opportunities to contribute to a number of burgeoning initiatives in WPI's interdisciplinary Humanities & Arts department: Africana Studies; Chinese Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; Latin American & Caribbean Studies; and Urban Humanities.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience and a record of excellence in teaching undergraduate composition courses at the 1000- and 2000-level, strong evidence of professional engagement, and a demonstrated passion for developing engaging and inclusive writing pedagogies for first- and second-year undergraduates. Candidates should be motivated to teach writing to STEM students (though prior experience at a STEM institution is not required).

The appointee will join an undergraduate-degree-granting Professional Writing program with existing strengths in medical humanities and biomedical writing, technical writing, writing for games and media, cross-cultural communication, and ethics of design communication. Candidate's area of expertise is open, but we especially encourage applicants who approach Writing Studies through intersections with any of the following: social justice and decolonial rhetorics; writing in Black, Latinx, Indigenous, or other traditionally underrepresented communities; disability studies; gender and intersectionality studies.

To apply please upload the following to WPI's job application portal:

  • Cover letter that details your teaching experience, professional interests, relevant leadership experience, and how you see yourself adding to WPI's efforts to build more diverse, equitable, inclusive learning and working environments
  • C.V.
  • Contact information for three professional references; letters will be solicited from finalists
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • Materials from two courses (course syllabus and one or two exemplary assignments)
  • Applications received by Feb 18 will be assured full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

    Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's first technological universities. A highly selective private university located within an hour of Boston, WPI is consistently ranked among the top 70 research institutions by US News & World Report. The university is home to an innovative and intensive project-based curriculum that empowers students with the knowledge and skills to address real-world problems around the globe, often at one of WPI's 50 global project centers including those in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Argentina, Panama, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Berlin, Zurich, Prague, Moscow, Copenhagen, London, Cape Town, Taipei, Hong Kong, Rabat, among many others. The Humanities and Arts Department (HUA) at WPI is a federated department of historians, philosophers, literary and scholars, professional and creative writers, musicians, creative and performing artists, and language professors pursuing disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching. A six-course HUA requirement is a core piece of every WPI student's undergraduate education and, as such, is an integral component of WPI's innovative and intensive project-based curriculum.

    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, and change making. WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live and work comfortably, to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

    The university's campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st- century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation. WPI is a vibrant, active and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, resources to cultivate work-life balance, and much more.

    FLSA STATUS

    United States of America (Exempt)

    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.