University of Utah Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Professor

Department 00095 - Dept of Writing and Rhetoric

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2018


The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah seeks a senior scholar at the rank of Professor to join us as Department Chair effective July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of relevant scholarship, a record of highly effective teaching, and administrative and leadership experience. The Chair will lead a relatively new department with a growing undergraduate major and longstanding interdisciplinary graduate programs. The Department is also responsible for first-year writing instruction, cross-curricular writing initiatives, and the University Writing Center. Scholarly strengths include composition and rhetorical theory, (critical) discourse analysis, gender, Indigenous rhetorics, literacy studies, multilingual composition, science studies, digital rhetorics, andWAC/WID. Salary is competitive.

The Chair is responsible for working with the faculty to articulate a departmental vision; departmental budget; assessment and supervision of curricula and teaching; representing the Department to the College, the University, and the community; and mentoring junior colleagues. The Chair serves a three-year renewable term. Faculty teach two courses per semester, with the chair receiving a two course per year teaching reduction. Ideally, the successful candidate will contribute scholarly expertise in one or more of the following areas: digital rhetorics and/or composition, culturally diverse rhetorics and/or literacies, or professional/technical communication.

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Deadline: October 15, 2017 . Candidates are asked to submit a CV, cover letter, and a list of references. Review of applications will begin immediately after that date.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with priorURSservice may elect to enroll in theURSwithin 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits fromURSmust notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 09/08/2017

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00155CF

Type Faculty