Assistant Professor of Writing Studies

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in Writing Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are looking for a colleague with general expertise in rhetoric, writing studies, and composition theory and pedagogy.  Specific expertise in intercultural communication and global English, technical communication design and practice, or multimodal rhetoric would be a significant asset. 

Applicants for this position should have a record of strong research achievement commensurate with their experience and a strong teaching record; a proven history of securing external research funding will be considered an asset. 

Our multi-disciplinary department offers undergraduate programs in Literature, Literature and Rhetoric, and Rhetoric and Professional Writing, and undergraduate specializations in English Literature in a Global Context and in Digital Media Studies.  We offer MA programs in Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Communication Design, and Experimental Digital Media, and a unique PhD program which integrates literary studies with fields of media theory and design, composition, rhetoric, and discourse and text analysis.

Since the Department enjoys an integrated research culture, competence in an additional research and teaching area, such as critical theory, semiotics, linguistics, digital humanities, or a field of literary study, is also welcome. The successful candidate will be offered a wide range of teaching, from first-year undergraduate courses through graduate teaching and the supervision of doctoral students. The current teaching load is 2 + 2, which normally includes one graduate course.

An appointment date of 1 July 2014 is preferred. Consideration of applications will begin on 24 January 2014 and continue until the position is filled. On-campus interviews are likely to be scheduled for early February. Application materials should be submitted online as PDF files through Interfolio at Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample and/or link to an e-portfolio, and arrange for three letters of reference to be uploaded (addressed to Dr. Fraser Easton, Chair, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo).

More information about the Department is available at Further enquiries can be directed to the Department Chair, Fraser Easton, at 519-888-4567, ext. 33359 (  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Native peoples and persons with disabilities.  This appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

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