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Assistant Teaching Professor in Rhetoric and Composition

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor in Rhetoric and Composition

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Position Description

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) seeks applicants for a full-time (100%) Assistant Teaching Professor (9-month service period) position in Rhetoric and Composition. The successful applicant will bring to their work expertise in Latinx, Black, or Indigenous rhetorics and/or Professional-Technical Writing, and should ideally integrate under-represented, minority rhetorics into their teaching and scholarship. They will join a faculty committed to teaching students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds with various levels of academic preparation, and to designing writing programs for that student population. The normal teaching load for the Teaching Professor track in IAS is 9 courses over 3 quarters, with 2 annual releases for service and scholarly/professional engagement. The start date is September 16, 2021.

The priority deadline for review of applications is Monday, November 2, 2020.

When hired through a national search, assistant teaching professors are eligible for renewable multi-year appointments, promotion, and sabbatical, among other benefits available to full-time UW faculty members.  First-year writing faculty have appointments in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS), while teaching in the First Year and Pre-Major Programs (FYPP). FYPP is the home of the campus’s pre-major students and first-year curriculum, including our first-year writing courses. The FYPP mission is to support the successful transition to college of First Year and Pre-Major students and to provide the foundation on which they will continue scholarly and professional development.  It commits us to creating an inclusive and ethically responsible learning environment.  Faculty may also teach occasional upper-division courses in IAS.

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond. 

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Minimum requirements for the position include:

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or related field (or foreign equivalent) required by time of appointment  
  • Demonstrated commitment to best practices in composition studies
  • Three years of college-level teaching experience
  • Demonstrated success in teaching first-year composition to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds with varying levels of academic preparation
  • Demonstrated ability to address questions of diversity, equity and inclusion in courses and scholarship
  • Expertise in working with diverse student populations

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Expertise in Latinx, Black, or Indigenous rhetorics, and/or Professional-Technical Writing
  • Experience integrating under-represented, minority rhetorics into their teaching and scholarship, specifically for first-year curricula
  • Experience with interdisciplinary curricula
  • Experience in writing program design


For more information about IAS, go to  For more information about FYPP, go to  For more information about the position, contact the committee chair, Professor Colin Danby:  Applications should include:

  • A letter addressing their qualifications for the position
  • CV
  • Sample syllabi and evidence of teaching success, or teaching dossier
  • Evidence of engagement with rhetoric and composition scholarship, or research sample
  • A statement about their demonstrated commitment to diversity (as defined here) in teaching, mentoring, research, and/or service
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation will be requested of candidates who advance in the search process.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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