Market, Schmarket

I am thrilled to be NOT on the job market this year, and I hope I never have to do that again. I do have to chair a search committee (again, sigh), this time for a Writing Center director. Please don't hesitate to apply if you have some interest in this area and Writing Center experience.

Also, I've been asked to help circulate these two ads -- I'm happy to do my part. One for the University of Texas:

The Department of Rhetoric & Writing (DRW) at The University of Texas at Austin is accepting applications for an assistant professor position in emerging communication technologies and digital media, including video and gaming, and with emphasis on production.

DRW faculty members have the opportunity to teach a wide array of courses designed to contribute to the undergraduate major in Rhetoric and Writing and the graduate concentration in Digital Literacies and Literatures -- all with the support of our nationally renowned Computer Writing and Research Lab (CWRL), which operates state-of-the-art computer classrooms. As a member of the DRW faculty, the selected candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of our curriculum, to direct dissertations, MA reports, and honors theses, to publish actively, and to offer service to the Department, the College, and the University.

The successful candidate will demonstrate both a scholarly and a pedagogical commitment to the intersections of rhetoric and technology studies and should have completed a PhD in rhetoric and writing or a related field prior to start date.

The DRW boasts a dynamic, collegial, nationally and internationally recognized faculty with interests in the history, theory, and criticism of rhetoric, composition theory and pedagogy, technologies of writing, visual rhetoric, empirical research, writing in the disciplines and professions, rhetoric and poetics, and language and literacy studies. Sub-units of the DRW include the Undergraduate Writing Center, the Computer Writing and Research Lab, and the College of Liberal Arts Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative. Teaching load is 2/2; salary is competitive.

Application deadline is October 31, 2008.

Email a letter of application, curriculum vita, dissertation abstract, and statement of teaching philosophy (no longer than one page) to Search Committee Chair Clay Spinuzzi at

Also submit three letters of recommendation via U.S. Mail to:

Clay Spinuzzi, Search Committee Chair

Department of Rhetoric & Writing
1 University Station B5500
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0200

Position funding is pending budgetary approval. A background check will be conducted on successful candidate. The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

And one for the University of Minnesota:

The Department of Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, nine-month faculty position beginning fall semester 2009 (August 31, 2009). Appointment will be made at the rank of professor with tenure or associate professor with tenure, depending on qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, English, Technical Communication, or a related field, and at least six years experience in an academic position; record of scholarship and teaching that meets the criteria for tenure and appointment as professor or associate professor at the University of Minnesota; established reputation as scholar and teacher with significant and innovative research agenda and experience

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with and enthusiasm for providing scholarly leadership for writing studies as an emerging academic field; demonstrated ability to bring visibility to the department and its programs through a nationally recognized and ongoing research agenda; ability to contribute to the department's existing and developing undergraduate and graduate programs; demonstrated successful teaching at several levels; success in or potential for mentoring and advising graduate students

We seek the strongest candidate in writing studies regardless of sub-field; however, we have interest in the following areas: visual communication; digital literacies; technical communication; rhetoric and composition; medical or health writing. We will favor candidates whose dossiers demonstrate scholarly distinction and on-going record of publication.

Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly/research profile, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and strength of recommendations. We are most strongly interested in a full professor but would consider an advanced associate professor whose record demonstrates the ability to be promoted to full professor within the year.

For more information about the position and the department, please visit the job posting web site at

(scroll down to Writing Studies and click on the link)

or contact Professor Mary Lay Schuster, search committee chair, at
or Professor Laura Gurak, department chair, at