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Assistant Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Sep. 11, 2019
Title Assistant Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8E700: Writing Rhetoric and Digital Studies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 16, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Speech/Rhetoric
    Creative or Technical Writing

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. Areas of desired emphasis include writing studies, composition pedagogy, rhetorical theory, and cultural rhetorics, particularly African-American rhetorics, Latinx rhetorics, and indigenous rhetorics. We also encourage candidates with backgrounds in professional and technical writing and digital rhetoric, areas of research that fit within the department’s overall mission and vision. Teaching load is 2/2.

Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies (WRD) is an independent department with 15 faculty members. We offer a BA/BS in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies and a minor in Professional and Technical Writing, as well as a graduate certificate in Professional and Technical Writing. Our dynamic faculty teach and research in rhetorical theory, technical communication, professional writing, public rhetorics, digital rhetorics, cultural rhetorics and ethnic studies, and more. WRD offers faculty interdisciplinary graduate teaching opportunities, a new digital lab for research and teaching, and a teaching abroad program, along with exciting opportunities for community outreach and research. More information about our department is available at

The desired appointment date is August 16, 2020. A PhD is required.

Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of teaching philosophy (upload as Specific Request 1), 4) writing sample, and 5) a statement on inclusivity (upload as Specific Request 2). As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Review of applications will begin September 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

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