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Assistant Professor of Professional Communication (Tenure Track)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Oct. 17, 2019
Title Assistant Professor of Professional Communication (Tenure Track)
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Communication
Assistant Professor of Professional Communication (Tenure Track)


Humanities & Arts Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Department of Humanities and Arts (HUA) and the Professional Writing program seek to hire an Assistant Professor Tenure-Track who will serve as the Director of Professional Writing to begin August 2020.

The Department of Humanities and Arts (HUA) and the Professional Writing program invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor who will serve as the Director of Professional Writing position to begin August 2020. Candidates must have a doctorate in Professional/Technical Communication, Writing and Rhetoric, or related field.

We are searching for a director to provide vision for a growing program. The successful candidate will have a strong background and demonstrated excellence in professional and/or technical communication research and pedagogy. Desirable areas of expertise include the existing departmental strengths in medical and biomedical writing, technical writing and games, and cross-cultural communication. Additional desirable areas of expertise include professional communication as it articulates social justice and human rights; race, gender, and intersectionality studies; or international technical and professional communication.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references no later than Nov. 15, 2019. The cover letter should address the candidate's research, teaching, and administrative philosophy or vision for a Professional Writing program in a STEM university. It should also provide evidence of teaching excellence at the college level and potential for significant publication.

Writing samples and letters of recommendation will be requested when the committee schedules interviews from a short list. Consistent with the MLA timeline, we will conduct Skype interviews in late 2019 and on-campus interviews in early February 2020. Salary is competitive and includes an excellent fringe benefits package.

Writing faculty at WPI belong to a multi-disciplinary Humanities and Arts department. The project-based STEM curriculum requires extensive writing in junior and senior-year projects, which are often tied to the university's nationally-known global studies program. Faculty have the opportunity to direct junior-year projects at over 45 different project centers in 25 different countries. Additional information about the Humanities and Arts Department can be found at,

WPI, founded in 1865, is one of the nation's oldest technological universities. WPI is a highly selective private university with an undergraduate student body of over 4500 and 2080 fulltime and parttime graduate students enrolled in more than 50 Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. programs. . Its innovative projectenriched curriculum engages students and faculty in realworld problem solving, often at one of WPI's global project centers. WPI is located one hour west of Boston.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the WPI academic community.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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