This page lists all currently advertised positions open in the University of Oregon Department of English.
Associate or Full Professor of Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing, and
Writing Program Administrator (WPA)
The University of Oregon’s Department of English invites applications for a tenured position of Associate or Full Professor in Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing Studies with a substantial 5-year initial administrative appointment as Writing Program Administrator (WPA) renewable for another term subject to performance review. The position will transition to a 1.0 FTE in Rhetoric and Composition following the completion of the administrative appointment. The position will begin in fall of 2020.
Competitive applicants will possess an energetic research agenda in Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies broadly construed. We’re especially interested in those whose research explores intersections between cultural, comparative, transnational, and/or critical race rhetorics and the administration of writing programs and the teaching of writing. Applicants will demonstrate outstanding teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels; have led research-based writing-related initiatives with a diverse array of institutional and community stakeholders and interests; and have successfully implemented socially just institutional interventions and/or curricular innovations. We encourage scholars who can enhance the department’s and Writing Program’s existing research and teaching strengths in social justice, anti-racist, decolonial, and other critical pedagogies; critical literacies; and universal design. Applicants will also work with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to support our programs in rhetoric and writing including our large and diverse composition program; our Minor and Certificate Program in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning (WSCR); and our graduate concentration in Rhetoric and Composition.
English and the Writing Program are diverse and growing units with strengths in Rhetoric and Writing, Ethnic American literary and cultural studies, environmental studies, disability studies, comics studies, gender and sexuality studies, community-based education, British and Irish studies, folklore, and a growing digital humanities minor and community. The department and Writing Program play central roles in interdisciplinary study, the undergraduate core curriculum, graduate student teacher training, and intellectual programming on campus. We have also assumed leadership roles in workshops on inclusive teaching practices, the development of common reading instructional materials, the implementation of university-wide equitable assessment protocols, and innovative approaches to shared governance. To further these efforts, we particularly welcome applications from communities historically marginalized and currently underrepresented in the academy, including but not limited to multi-lingual writers, Indigenous peoples, ethnic and racial minorities, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, veterans, and the differently abled. We also encourage applicants who are committed to amplifying the impact of writing instruction throughout campus as well as through higher ed policy advocacy and community outreach/service.
UO’s Composition Program serves over 7000 students annually through the administration of its first-year writing sequence. The program employs 25 non-tenure track Career Instructors and provides a year-long teacher training program for 75 Graduate Employees (GEs). The Composition Program faculty lead the campus in inclusive, engaged, and research-led teaching, and our PhD students in Rhetoric and Composition who serve as Assistant Directors of Composition consistently land tenure-track jobs. Rhetoric and Composition studies experience strong demand from all students: our current upper-division writing courses are in demand, and we are working with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the new Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact to develop additional upper-division and graduate courses in professional, scientific, and technical writing. In addition to enriching these existing strengths, the Writing Program Administrator, working in close collaboration with the Department Head, will also lead the development of composition curricular reform and digital/online pedagogies and instructor support; partner closely and collaboratively with Career Instructors to develop and enact a collective vision for the writing program and to strengthen processes of shared governance and representation within the English department, CAS, and the wider University; initiate data-driven assessment practices to evaluate program efficacy, support student success, and secure resources for program development; and galvanize department and University stakeholders toward excellence in socially just literacies, research, and teaching.
Tenured associate or full professor by time of appointment. Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, Writing Studies, or related field. Evidence of an active research agenda across Writing Studies broadly construed. Ability to meet expedited University and English department tenure and promotion criteria upon arrival. Leadership and administrative experience in writing-related initiatives such as first-year writing programs, writing and rhetoric departments, university writing centers, writing across the curriculum, and/or teaching, learning, and community centers with a writing instruction focus.
Excellence in teaching and pedagogical practice at graduate and undergraduate levels. Experience developing socially just institutional interventions and/or curricula including but not limited to anti-racism, decolonization, critical literacies, universal design, and/or other critical pedagogies. Demonstrated commitments to partnerships with and professional development of all writing instructional staff. Experience with graduate student teacher training, mentorship, and assessment. Capacity to negotiate a diverse array of institutional and community stakeholders and interests. Demonstrated commitments to departmental and University priorities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Research interests that explore intersections between cultural, comparative, transnational, and critical race rhetorics and the administration of writing programs and the teaching of writing. Background in digital and online writing instruction pedagogies, design, implementation, and instructor support. Experience in community outreach and critical literacy instruction. Familiarity with the design and implementation of data-driven program assessment practices and protocols.
Candidates are asked to apply online at www.academicjobsonline.org by submitting the following materials:
- an application letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages that demonstrates qualifications, current and future research trajectories, and relevant administrative experience per the criteria outlined above
- a curriculum vitae with minimum of 3 references
- a research writing sample of not more than 20 double-spaced pages
- an administrative statement of not more than 500 words that presents a concise vision of socially just program development supported by a specific example from previous experience
- a statement of not more than 500 words that demonstrates substantive commitments to department and University priorities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, 2019. If you are unable to use academicjobsonline, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange alternate means of submitting application materials.
The University of Oregon, the English Department, and the UO Writing Program are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.
The University of Oregon is situated on the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya Peoples, the First Peoples of the Willamette Valley, whose descendants are now citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde Community and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. One of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, the UO holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.
The English Department at the University of Oregon seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Digital Humanities (DH) to begin in Fall 2020. We seek candidates with research expertise in any aspect of Digital Humanities, including artificial intelligence, critical computation/code studies, cultural analytics, data/data visualization, digital archives/collections, digital culture, digital editions/publishing, digital literacy, digital literary stylistics, digital mapping, digital pedagogy, digital public humanities, digital tools/platforms and text analysis, digital tools as an object of study, distant/close/surface reading, game studies, interactive narrative, practices of making and coding, programming languages, or user interface design. A Ph.D. in English, American Studies, Comparative Literature, or related humanistic field is required by time of appointment.
The Department of English is dedicated to building a diverse faculty and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from racially, ethnically, economically, or otherwise diverse backgrounds. We especially welcome applications from scholar-practitioners who have used digital tools and/or DH methodologies to creatively address issues of diversity and inclusion, such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, language, nationality, religion, and ability.
The English Department offers students a broad foundation in British, American, and Anglophone literary studies, as well as a minor in DH. Competitive applicants will be capable of outstanding research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including but not limited to DH and literary/cultural studies courses. Current teaching load is five ten-week courses per year, some of which will be in the DH minor. Salary is competitive.
DH is a growing area of interest and community of practice both in the English department and across campus. The DH minor reflects a rising interest in DH among undergraduates. DH@UO regularly holds DH events, such as graduate symposia, speaker series, and DH workshops. We have plans to continue building new DH courses and opportunities for UO students and faculty.
Applicant cover letters should include information about how they will further equity and inclusion in our department and on our campus. Candidates should also note experience teaching and/or mentoring women and members of historically underrepresented communities. Cover letters must articulate a DH research agenda and relevant projects or experiences; demonstrate knowledge of DH research methods, theoretical concepts, or technical applications; and describe ability to teach DH courses.
We welcome applicants who have additional strengths, specialization, and/or experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Teaching and advising students in DH curriculum and/or on cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and/or public-facing digital humanities projects
- Experience using and/or teaching digital tools and coding languages
- Experience with administrative collaboration and/or program building (supporting a minor or center, creating a certificate, etc.)
Please submit the following items online at Academic Jobs Online by November 1, 2019 (11:59 pm pacific time) to complete your application:
Cover letter (we prefer no more than 2 pages); curriculum vitae; writing sample (20 pages); and teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy, list of courses taught, and 1-2 sample syllabi of courses taught or courses you would like to teach). If your writing sample addresses a digital project you’ve created, please include a brief written description (a paragraph) and link to site or working prototype; and/or send a URL to a brief (3-4 minute maximum) screen-cast tutorial with a walk-through of the project site.
The search committee will begin reading applications on November 2, 2019. Candidates who advance to the next stage will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation by December 1. Video interviews take place in early January 2020 and campus visits in mid-January through February 2020.
The University of Oregon is one of only two members of the Association of American Universities in the Pacific Northwest and holds a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a city of 157,000 with a range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.
The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya peoples of the Willamette Valley, the descendants of whom are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
Please contact us with questions:
Department of English
1286 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1286
Pro Tempore Instructor of English (Job # 523854)
Review of Applications Begins
May 17, 2019; applications will be reviewed as need arises
Special Instructions to Applicants
The Pool is intended for appointments for Academic Year 19-20. Along with your online application, please upload a letter of application, vita, and evidence of successful teaching in argumentative writing (these materials should total no more than ten pages and could include teaching evaluations, peer teacher evaluation, student course evaluations, or other related materials).
Please note the limitations on concurrent faculty employment and student status in the same department: https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/policies-procedures/enrollment-residency/concurrent-faculty.
The University of Oregon and the Department of English are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seek candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community. The English Department, University of Oregon invites applicants for its open Pro Tem instructor and Pro Tem faculty pool, which we establish to have applications on file when openings become available.
The appointee will have teaching and service duties related to teaching in the department of English. Teaching will be primarily at the undergraduate level but may involve assignment at the graduate level. The full time course load is nine courses per year, three per term. Instructional needs would most likely be in lower-division argumentative writing. We may have occasional needs in film and media, lower-division literature courses (Introduction to Drama, Poetry, or Fiction, Shakespeare, British or American surveys), and folklore. Advising students in office hours and participation in program assessment as part of teaching duties are expectations of the appointments. Pro Tem faculty are not required but are welcome to participate in departmental service. Positions are for one year or less, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years based on need and performance.
Applicants must have an M.A. in English or a closely related field for teaching argumentative writing courses, a Ph.D. in English to teach literature courses, and demonstrated successful college-level teaching experience appropriate to our needs and to our existing programs.
The successful candidates will be expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.
Applicants with training and experience teaching argumentative writing preferred.
For the full job listing, please visit this posting on the UO Human Resources page.
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