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Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center.

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.

For full consideration, please submit your complete application by 12/20/2021. Applications should include a cover letter describing your interest in this unique position, a current curriculum vitae, updated graduate transcripts, names and email addresses of three recommendations, a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio, and an article or chapter-length writing sample.  Recommendations will be requested at a later stage in the search process if needed.

Questions should be directed to: Dr. Matthew Casey, Director, School of Humanities, 118 College Drive #5037, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS  39406-0001; Phone: 601-266-4320, Email:

 Job Summary 
The University of Southern of Mississippi enthusiastically welcomes applications for the position of Director of the Writing Center and Assistant Professor of English. This full-time, tenure-track position includes both a faculty role and administrative leadership of our excellent Writing Center. The successful candidate will contribute additional expertise in composition and rhetoric and Writing Center Studies to English and join a strong student success and support network at the University level.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities 
The Director serves as an assistant professor with associated teaching, scholarship, and service duties. The selected candidate will have an active and productive research agenda. All faculty in the English program participate in the collegial day-to-day work of supporting colleagues and students as well as performing college and university service as needed and appropriate to rank.

As an administrator, they will provide overall vision, leadership, strategic management, and assessment of the Writing Center. Administrative duties include:

1. Provide direction, guidance, and support to the Writing Center staff and campus collaborators, setting appropriate goals and establishing key priorities.

2.Hire, train, mentor, and evaluate Writing Center tutors.

3. Assess established learning outcomes and program goals for the Writing Center, adjusting over time as needed

4. Coordinate and facilitate Writing Center programming for key constituencies (e.g., faculty and staff, multilingual writers, graduate students, STEM majors, capstone courses, etc.).

5. Work collaboratively with key Director colleagues (Speaking Center, Composition, Center for Faculty Development) to support common goals

6. Work with the Office of the Provost to collaborate with student success and faculty development initiatives campus-wide.
7. Work closely with the Writing Center's Assistant Director to oversee scheduling, payroll, and day-to-day operations.

8. Oversee the writing center budget and coordinate efforts to strengthen its financial resources.

9. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, English, or related field in English studies by time of appointment. 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. 

 Preferred Qualifications: 
A record of publication and scholarship, excellence in teaching (including online), Writing Center experience, and commitment to diversity and service.

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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