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Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and Director of Composition

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and Director of Composition.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division English
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date February 2, 2022

Special Instructions to Applicants
Per the recent injunction issued to halt enforcement of the vaccine requirement for federal contractors that was included in Executive Order 14042, USM employees are no longer required to submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption at this time.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, graduate transcripts, and administrative philosophy by December 20, 2021, to ensure full consideration. Additional materials, such as letters of recommendation, writing sample, and teaching philosophy may be requested later in the review process.

 Job Summary 
The School of Humanities and English Program at The University of Southern Mississippi invite applications for a tenure-track position in composition and rhetoric to begin Fall 2022. The successful candidate will direct the composition program and teach undergraduates and a graduate course in writing and pedagogy.

The first-year composition program at The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to fostering student engagement through reading and writing and providing students with strategies and resources for communicating across academic, professional, and public settings. Our composition courses play an important role in equipping students and helping establish a culture of writing across the university. The successful candidate will illustrate a commitment to teaching first-year writing and diverse student populations.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Teach in area of expertise, including a graduate course on writing and pedagogy
  2. Develop Composition curriculum
  3. Conduct program assessment
  4. Mentor graduate instructors and collaborate with composition faculty
  5. Schedule composition teaching assignments
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
A Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in composition and rhetoric (or closely related area), by the time of appointment, experience with writing program administration and assessment, evidence of an active research agenda, and a commitment to teaching and service. Ability to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or to have an approved legal exemption and/or accommodation on file with Human Resources prior to your anticipated start date. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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