Assistant Professor: Composition
The Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of assistant professor with pedagogical knowledge and scholarly expertise in Composition & Rhetoric to serve as Director of Writing, beginning Fall 2024. Qualifications for the position include an earned Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing Studies, or a closely related field at the time of hire, teaching and writing program administration experience, and demonstrated scholarly activity.
The Writing Director position oversees a large first-year writing program within the university’s General Education Program. The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting new graduate student teaching associates, providing professional development for new and current lecturers, and representing and advocating for the program within the department, college, and the university at large. In this work, the Writing Director is supported by a lecturer and two advanced graduate student teaching associates. The Writing Director will also collaborate with current faculty to enhance established curricular and institutional programs, such as initiatives supported by an NEH-funded grant, “Creating Expansive Approaches to the Teaching of Writing in a Southern California Border Region.”
Part-Time and Temporary Lecturers
The San Diego State University Department of Rhetoric & Writing Studies maintains an open "pool" of applications for temporary faculty positions and reviews this pool on an as-needed basis to identify qualified applicants for available instructional work.
We welcome applications from prospective temporary faculty with expertise or experience in the following areas: rhetoric and writing studies, including first-year composition, technical communication, professional writing, and business writing.
Temporary appointments may be either full or part-time. Initial appointments are typically one semester or one academic year, to be renewed contingent on satisfactory evaluations and continuing availability of work. Applications will remain in our applicant pool during the academic year you apply, meaning we are currently accepting applications to the pool and will purge the files April 30, 2024.
- Graduate degree in Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Composition, Professional and/or Technical Communication, or English
- University teaching experience
- Demonstrated currency in subject matter
- Demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups*
*Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight SDSU Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria:
- are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline,
- have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
- have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students,
- have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research,
- have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group,
- have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
- have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or
- have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.
Please indicate in your cover letter how you meet at least two or more of these criteria.
Prospective temporary faculty who would like their applications on file are invited to send the following items via Interfolio:
- Letter of application, including an articulation of how you meet at least two Building on Inclusive Excellence criteria
- Curriculum vitae
- Recent student evaluations
- Recent course syllabi and writing assignment prompt
- Letters of recommendation
- Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references
The person holding theses position are considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.