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Service Assistant Professor - Department of English

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
English and Literature


The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for a Service Assistant Professor starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, position with full benefits. Summer work is expected with additional compensation. Service Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Service Assistant Professors are eligible for promotion, e.g., to Service Associate Professor and Service Professor; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability.

The teaching load is two courses per semester (40%) with the remainder of the appointment (60%) dedicated to responsibilities related to the SpeakWrite program (a communication-across-the-curriculum initiative) and the Eberly Writing Studio. The successful candidate will be expected to teach composition courses that complement the Department's current offerings at the undergraduate level. As part of the team for the SpeakWrite program and the Eberly Writing Studio the successful candidate will contribute to program development, student outreach, online writing support, and the day-to-day operations of the Writing Studio. Other responsibilities may also include program assessment and service on departmental/campus committees.

The Department of English has a faculty of 35 in literature, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and technical communication and we offer a full range of academic programs (B.A. in English, B.A. in English/Secondary Education, M.A. in English, M. A. in Professional Writing and Editing, M.F.A., and Ph.D.). We serve a diverse cohort of students from across Appalachia, the United States, and around the globe. The department is home to the West Virginia Writers Workshop, the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and the Appalachian Dialect Project, and our faculty participate in many educational and humanities initiatives including the National Writing Project and the Folger Institute.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

To apply, please visit WVU Careers. Upload 1) a cover letter; 2) a CV; 3) a list of at least three references with complete contact information; 4) a teaching philosophy statement; 5) at least one syllabus for an undergraduate composition course; 6) at least one example of teaching effectiveness (such as a sample assignment or a teaching observation). Applicants are encouraged to use their materials to demonstrate their potential to interact with faculty and students across the disciplines and to contribute to inclusive teaching and faculty development.

The screening process will begin October 22, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit the SpeakWrite and English Department websites or contact the chair of the search committee, Laura Brady, at

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


The successful applicant must have 1) a Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition, or related field by time of employment; 2) one or more years of experience in writing center tutoring or writing center administration; 3) one or more years of experience teaching composition in a university or college setting using theoretically grounded, research-based practices; 4) demonstrated familiarity with writing in the disciplines/writing across the curriculum pedagogies; 5) demonstrated familiarity with and commitment to inclusive pedagogy practices; 6) demonstrated familiarity with the needs of multilingual or translingual writers and speakers; 7) the ability to collect, analyze, report, and assess data relevant to writing across the curriculum; 8) excellent written and oral communication skills.

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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