Assistant Professor in Professional and Technical Writing (full-time, tenure-track)

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7193705 (Ref.No. 4784793)
Posted: November 14, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: Sep 21, 2023
Deadline: Nov 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:Faculty Responsibilities:

The Saint Mary's College of California (SMC) Writing Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Professional and Technical Writing. The successful candidate will primarily contribute to teaching, mentorship, and curriculum development in SMC's new undergraduate certificate in Professional Writing, as well as to the teaching of first-year writing. The successful candidate will have a significant opportunity to shape curricula in professional and technical writing, develop a minor and/or major, and potentially build graduate programming. They will also collaborate with writing and rhetoric faculty to continue developing and promoting community-engaged learning, internships, and other opportunities that will connect professional and technical writing students with the Bay Area community.

We are open to any area of research and teaching specialization associated with professional and technical writing, but will prioritize candidates who specialize in user-experience design, digital media, environmental rhetorics, activist writing, health communication, disability rhetorics, or cultural rhetorics: Latinx, black, decolonial, indigenous, feminist. We are also especially interested in candidates who are prepared to teach with attention to the roles professional and technical communication can play in promoting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

Saint Mary's faculty are expected to maintain an active scholarly agenda and demonstrate intellectual growth and significant achievement appropriate to their field. All faculty also contribute to the mission in alignment with Transformation 2028 strategic priorities and as it relates to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, and interdisciplinary programming.

All faculty serve the College and community in many ways, such as academic advising, student and community outreach, participation in departmental and College-wide committees, and the development and assessment of the College's Core Curriculum. Faculty are also expected to teach in the College's Core Curriculum, January Term, and Collegiate Seminar programs.

Institutional Description/Background:

Saint Mary's College of California (Saint Mary's) is a comprehensive university, grounded in the liberal arts, Catholic, and Lasallian traditions in addition to being a vibrant and inclusive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) that engages the intellect and the spirit with exceptional academics. Saint Mary's was founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and remains a living legacy of the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. We provide an education that changes lives and inspires the desire to find one's calling in a world in need of transformation. Saint Mary's invites students to passionately embrace knowledge, the challenges of scholarship, and their own capacity to make lasting change in the world. We are an institution made up of committed faculty and staff who value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction with practices and policies that reflect a commitment to inclusive excellence and a community in which all are valued, respected, and supported.

The salary range for this position is reflected in the Faculty Salary Scale, available here.

Minimum Qualifications:
  1. PhD in Technical Communication, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Composition, English, or related field with significant course work dedicated to rhetoric and writing by time of hire;
  2. Demonstrated record of effectiveness as a teacher;
  3. Experience successfully working with diverse students populations within or across areas of teaching, research, and service;
  4. Scholarship in technical and professional writing.

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Experience with inclusive writing pedagogies that further SMC’s mission.

Many Saint Mary’s students are first-generation-to-college, and the College has been designated a Minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden students’ academic experience and to enrich our campus community. Candidates must be sensitive to the needs of and possess an interest in working in an academic community that is diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or identity, disability status, and protected veteran status. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Our community believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our institutional mission. We value inclusiveness in learning, curricular and cocurricular programming, campus climate, recruitment, admissions, hiring and retention. For more information, please visit our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

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We envision a community that goes beyond tolerance of differences to one guided by social justice, cultural competence and engaged citizenship. We know we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people.