Michigan Technological University and the Department of Humanities invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants with the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments commensurate with a higher rank may be considered for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Candidates should have or expect to receive their Ph.D. in composition, rhetoric, English, or a closely related field by August 1, 2023. They  must have a record of high-quality and innovative teaching and scholarly work in writing studies; experience teaching first-year writing; administrative experience in a writing program or experience in a writing center; and scholarly expertise in some combination of the following areas of specialization:


  • Writing program and/or writing center administration/studies

  • Writing across the curriculum (WAC) and/or writing in the disciplines (WID)

  • Composition theory and pedagogy

  • Qualitative research design and methods.


Desirable knowledge, skills, and experience include the following: 


  • Experience teaching graduate courses and/or advising graduate students

  • Experience mentoring, supervising, and training instructors

  • A record of externally funded research

  • Experience teaching writing to STEM Students

  • Active participation in relevant professional organizations

  • Scholarship in antiracist pedagogy, disability studies, feminist pedagogy, literacy studies, LGBTQ+ studies, multimodal composition, technical communication, or translingual writing.


Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (https://www.mtu.edu/diversity-inclusion/). 


Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton, Michigan, at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior. We enjoy four seasons of outdoor beauty where you can pick blueberries and thimbleberries in the summer; enjoy the fall colors of the mixed northern hardwoods; ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or sled in our 250” of annual snowfall; and hang out on the shores of Lake Superior watching the northern lights. Our university forest maintains 70 miles of single track trails for hiking and biking, as well as groomed cross country and skate ski trails accessible from campus. With Michigan Tech’s own alpine ski hill it is only five minutes from the office to the slopes. Is it time to make your home on the shores of Lake Superior? Reach out to us to learn more about how you can join this team of innovative educators.


The Department of Humanities offers doctoral and master’s degrees in the interdisciplinary Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and undergraduate major degrees in Communication, Culture, and Media; English; and Scientific and Technical Communication. The usual tenure-track teaching load is 2 courses (6 hrs.) per semester. Please see our website: http://www.mtu.edu/humanities


Required materials: 

  • a letter of application detailing your experience with writing program administration and/or writing center experience, your research agenda, and your teaching experience

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • a diversity statement that describes how your past and/or potential actions support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging where all members of a campus community can excel

  • A statement describing your administrative and teaching philosophy

  • A scholarly writing sample of approximately 20 - 25 pages

  • Contact information for three references 


Please submit these materials to https://www.employment.mtu.edu/en-us/job/493086/assistant-professor-of-composition. For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by December 2, 2022.


Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. 


Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see https://www.mtu.edu/advance/). 


Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at https://www.mtu.edu/provost/programs/partner-engagement/. 


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

For more information, contact Marika Seigel at maseigel@mtu.edu. To apply: See jobs.mtu.edu/postings/ and https://www.employment.mtu.edu/en-us/job/493086/assistant-professor-of-composition