University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Casting Around for Assistant Professor in Rhetorics


Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Assistant Professor
  • Job ID: #18799
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.

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English: Assistant Professor in Rhetorics-Technical Writing

The English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire seeks to hire a specialist in technical writing at the rank of assistant professor. This tenure-track position carries an initial two-year probationary appointment beginning in the 2023-24 academic year with a start date of August 21, 2023.  Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding.

Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests, qualifications, and/or experience relate to one or more of the following:

  • Equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in technical writing
  • Grant and proposal writing
  • Internships and community partnerships
  • Health or science writing
  • Editing and publication management

The preferred candidate will exhibit substantial promise as a scholar and teacher and should underscore in the application letter their capacity as a teacher, advisor, and campus colleague especially as these relate to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The candidate must be committed to making significant contributions to the creative and intellectual life of the department, university, and community. The English Department offers five major emphases at the undergraduate level: creative writing; critical studies in literatures, cultures, and film; English teaching; linguistics; and rhetorics of science, technology, and culture.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. in English, rhetoric, writing studies, technical writing, or closely related field. ABD will be considered, but all requirements for terminal degree must be completed by August 21, 2023.
  • Excellence in teaching writing, technical writing, and rhetoric at the college level
  • A strong record of or potential for publication and/or other scholarly or professional activity in technical writing or related areas
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to mentor students who seek careers in technical writing, professional writing, or publishing
  • Professional experience in technical writing, science writing, professional writing, grant writing, or editing and publishing
  • Experience or interest in interdisciplinary collaborations


The successful candidate will develop and teach 300- and 400-level courses in the department’s rhetorics emphasis as well as teach courses in our award-winning Blugold Seminar. Rhetorics courses might include a rotation among Technical Writing, Science Writing, Grant Writing, and Editing and Publications Management, the senior capstone course, or others in the rhetorics emphasis. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach courses as appropriate to their areas of expertise in other areas of English. The teaching load is typically 3-3 (11 credit hours per semester), including the Blugold Seminar (a 5-credit introductory, rhetoric-based first-year writing course), and two courses in the rhetorics emphasis. All department members also participate in scholarly and creative research activities and engage in service to the department, college, and university.

University and Eau Claire Community:

The University of Wisconsin­–Eau Claire promotes diversity and inclusiveness, stewardship and sustainability, and leadership and innovation. With approximately 10,000 students, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire is consistently rated as one of the top public regional universities in the Midwest and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in liberal education, faculty-undergraduate research, and study abroad. Faculty resources include the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, both of which offer professional development opportunities and the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration.

A community of 68,000, Eau Claire is the largest city in western Wisconsin with thriving arts and music scenes, recently featured in the Star Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other media sources. Eau Claire and the surrounding areas offer scenic rivers, parks, bike trails, farmers’ markets, outdoor concerts, writing retreats, poetry readings, and more. Eau Claire is 90 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, which additionally offers world-class theater, symphony and chamber orchestras, opera, and major league sports. Eau Claire is #28 on Livability’s 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.

Application Procedure:

Applications are submitted electronically at on English: Assistant Professor of English Rhetorics–Technical Writing (Job ID # 18799) and follow the steps under “To Apply” in the frame on the right. Your application will not be considered complete unless all required documents (in pdf format) are submitted:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vita
  • writing sample (10–15 pages, double spaced)
  • a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and a sample syllabus
  • a list of three references

In addition to the above required materials, three confidential letters of recommendation will need to be emailed to Candis Sessions, Please have your letter writers or portfolio service put “RSTC–Technical Writing” and your name in the subject line.

Direct any questions to Dr. Jan Stirm, Chair of the English Department,

 To ensure priority consideration, completed applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm on Monday, October 10, 2022.  However, screening may continue until the position is filled.

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UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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